Computerworld Jaikumar Vijayan News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:43:06 GMT 2014-07-23T13:43:06Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. There's still a security disconnect on BYOD Corporate employees are taking a surprisingly lax approach towards security issues raised by the business use of personally owned mobile devices. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:55:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-07-11T16:55:00Z New docs show DHS was more worried about critical infrastructure flaw in '07 than it let on The Department of Homeland Security mistakenly released details on an experiment in which a 27-ton generator was destroyed via a cyberattack. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:39:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-07-09T21:39:00Z NSA defends collecting data from U.S. residents not suspected of terrorist activities The National Security Agency Monday defended its data collection practices amid revelations that almost 90% of the data it sweeps up involves ordinary Internet users not suspected of crimes. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:22:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-07-07T20:22:00Z Hackers hit more businesses through remote access accounts Hackers recently broke into payment systems at several northwestern U.S. restaurants and food service companies via a remote access account belonging to one of their vendors, another example of the need for companies to monitor third-party access to their networks. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:48:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-07-02T11:48:00Z Critics blast Microsoft's takedown of No-IP domains Microsoft's tactics in using a court order to seize nearly two-dozen domains it said were used to distribute Windows malware tools were called ham-handed by several critics. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:11:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-07-02T11:11:00Z Groups fear bill would allow free flow of data between private sector and NSA A draft U.S. Senate bill aimed at making it easier for organizations to share cyberthreat information poses serious threats to personal privacy, several rights groups said in a letter to Congress on Thursday. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:11:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-27T20:11:00Z Google's move into home automation means even less privacy Smart thermostat maker Nest Labs plans to soon start sharing some customer data with Google, its corporate parent, and that means the search engine giant will have to address users' privacy concerns as it expands into home automation. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:46:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-26T18:46:00Z Supreme Court cellphone ruling a big win for digital privacy Privacy and civil rights groups lauded Wednesday's unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must obtain a search warrant before searching through the contents of an arrested person's cellphone. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:08:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-25T19:08:00Z Security skills shortage is real, and it's not going away anytime soon The current shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the U.S will likely resolve itself over the next several years, according to the RAND Corp. But until then, companies will find it disturbingly difficult to recruit skilled workers. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:07:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-20T20:07:00Z Congressman questions FTC breach probe amid claims of 'corporate blackmail' A U.S. House committee has called on the Federal Trade Commission's Inspector General to probe the agency's relationship with a peer-to-peer network-monitoring firm whose data is key evidence in an FTC complaint filed against LabMD. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:48:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-19T18:48:00Z Bill to require warrant for email searches gains ground in House A far-reaching bill that would require the government to obtain a warrant to search through people's emails and other online communications now has majority support in the House of Representatives. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:10:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-19T10:10:00Z Bank not liable for customer's $440,000 cybertheft A Missouri escrow firm that lost $440,000 in a 2010 cyberheist cannot hold its bank responsible for the loss an appeals court said this week affirming a lower court's previous ruling on the issue. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:34:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-18T19:34:00Z Internet in Iraq suffers government-ordered shutdowns amid violence In what's become a familiar pattern in recent years, the government in Iraq appears to have ordered major Internet shutdowns over the past few days amid escalating sectarian violence in the country. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:58:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-13T19:58:00Z P.F. Chang's post-breach move to manual processing is telling The decision by P.F. Chang's China Bistro to switch to manual payment processing after a recent data breach at the restaurant chain is unusual, security experts said this week. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:33:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-13T19:33:00Z Target finally gets its first CISO Target has hired a chief information security officer, a move that's noteworthy mainly because it is the first time the company has had anyone in this role -- even though it is one of the largest retailers in the U.S. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:56:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-11T19:56:00Z Most U.S. credit cards will have microchips by end of 2015 The long expected migration of the U.S. payment system to the Europay MasterCard Visa smartcard standard finally appears to be gathering steam. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:52:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-10T19:52:00Z One year later: Four reasons Edward Snowden remains a polarizing figure Edward Snowden remains a polarizing figure in the U.S. on the one-year anniversary of the first published story based on his leaks about the NSA's surveillance practices. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:46:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-05T10:46:00Z California kills bill requiring that retailers use EMV smartcards The California State Senate has killed a bill that would have required California retailers to implement the Europay MasterCard Visa smartcard (EMV) standard that's seen as far safer than magnetic stripe technology used today. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:46:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-06-03T19:46:00Z Companies should already know how to protect data, FTC argues The FTC has published enough information publicly for companies to know what it considers reasonable security practices for protecting sensitive data, an FTC official said. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:05:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-30T20:05:00Z In baffling move, TrueCrypt open-source crypto project shuts down In a bizarre move, the anonymous managers of the TrueCrypt open-source encryption project abruptly pulled the plug on the effort without explanation. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:07:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-29T18:07:00Z Advisory firm urges ouster of majority of Target board members over breach A company that advises institutional shareholders on governance risk and proxy voting issues wants seven of Target's 10 board directors voted out over the massive data breach disclosed by the retailer last December. Wed, 28 May 2014 19:59:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-28T19:59:00Z DARPA unveils hack-proof drone tech In a claim reminiscent of Oracle Corp.'s 'unbreakable' marketing campaign of several years ago, the U.S. military has built what it calls a hack proof drone. Tue, 27 May 2014 19:49:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-27T19:49:00Z Coming soon to a fridge near you -- targeted ads Targeted advertisements are headed to smart fridges, smart thermostats and other Internet-connected devices, raising potentially new privacy issues for consumers who use those products. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:15:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-23T10:15:00Z AT&T hacker wants government to pay him $13M Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer, whose struggles with U.S. prosecutors have fueled calls for reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, wants the government to pay him $13 million for imprisoning him for the past three years. Tue, 20 May 2014 22:04:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-20T22:04:00Z Hacker indictments against China's military unlikely to change anything The U.S. government's decision to formally indict five members of the Chinese military on criminal hacking charges marks a significant escalation of what's been a war of words between both countries. Mon, 19 May 2014 18:48:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-19T18:48:00Z Snowden leaks prompt tech firms to tout privacy, transparency policies Several tech companies have revamped privacy and transparency policies since revelations in leaked National Security Agency (NSA) documents showed that the U.S. was secretly collecting customer data from Internet Service Providers, telecommunications companies and others. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:12:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-16T20:12:00Z License reader lawsuit can be heard, appeals court rules A federal appeals court this week ruled that a woman's Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated when San Francisco police arrested her after an automated license plate reader mistakenly identified her car as stolen. Wed, 14 May 2014 20:05:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-14T20:05:00Z Senator seeks answers on Samsung's fingerprint scanner for Galaxy S5 U.S. Sen. Al Franken questioned Samsung on the privacy protections the company has in place for the fingerprint scanning technology on its recently released Galaxy S5 smartphone. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:15:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-13T20:15:00Z With the Internet of Things, smart buildings pose big risk In an Internet of Things world, smart buildings with Web-enabled technologies for managing heat, lighting, ventilation, elevators and other systems pose a more immediate security risk for enterprises than consumer technologies. Tue, 13 May 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-13T10:30:00Z IT malpractice: Doc operates on server, costs hospitals $4.8M An inadvertent data leak that stemmed from a physician's attempt to reconfigure a server cost New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center $4.8 million to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Thu, 08 May 2014 19:58:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-08T19:58:00Z Emails shed light on Google's work with NSA Two sets of emails obtained by Al Jazeera America under a Freedom of Information Act request suggest that Google's cooperation with the National Security Agency may have been less coerced than the company has let on. Tue, 06 May 2014 20:15:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-06T20:15:00Z Canada woes, breach seen as cause for Target CEO's exit Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel's resignation Monday as president, CEO and chairman of the Board of the company likely isn't a sign that boards of directors are now holding chief executives accountable for massive data breaches. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:13:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-05T20:13:00Z FTC told to disclose the data security standards it uses for breach enforcement The FTC can be compelled to disclose details of the data security standards it uses to pursue enforcement action against companies that suffer data breaches. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:19:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-02T20:19:00Z The Internet of Things likely to drive an upheaval for security The Internet of Things is likely to bring 'a major inflection point in security' sooner than you think. Fri, 02 May 2014 10:07:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-02T10:07:00Z Cornell Tech-funded startup launching bootcamp for data scientists Advanced academic backgrounds in statistics, mathematics, and other science and technology fields usually provide the raw analytical skills required for a data scientist's job. But even with such skills, some additional prep work is generally needed to handle such a job in private industry. Thu, 01 May 2014 16:30:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-05-01T16:30:00Z IT shops losing control over technology A survey of more than 1,000 C-level executives shows that IT organizations are losing control over new technology adoption at their companies but are still held accountable for integrating the technologies securely into their company's infrastructure. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:30:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-29T21:30:00Z Big data key to bringing hyperlocal weather forecasts to Georgia farmers Farmers in southwest Georgia's Flint River Valley could one day get accurate, hyperlocal weather forecasts just for their individual farms up to three days in advance. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:28:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-25T16:28:00Z Privacy jitters derail controversial K-12 big data initiative Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:01:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-23T21:01:00Z SEC seeks data on cyber security policies at Wall Street firms The Securities and Exchange Commission plans to review the cyber defenses of 50 Wall Street broker-dealers and investment advisers to determine whether they are prepared for potential cyber threats. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:55:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-21T19:55:00Z U.S. commercial drone industry struggles to take off The U.S. commercial drone industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than two years after President Obama signed into law a bill that permits the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the country's airspace. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:18:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-18T11:18:00Z Two more states eye drone use limits Louisiana and Pennsylvania could become the latest states to impose restrictions on the use of commercial drone aircraft over their airspace. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:31:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-16T20:31:00Z Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps, too Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:48:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-11T16:48:00Z FTC can sue companies hit with data breaches, court says A federal court in New Jersey this week affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's contention that it can sue companies on charges related to data breaches, a major victory for the agency. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:23:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-10T17:23:00Z 6 ways the Internet of Things will transform enterprise security It's already started, with a refrigerator that sent out email spam. The Internet of Things trend shows how even a benign consumer appliance could pose a danger to enterprises if connected to the Internet without proper security. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:08:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-07T11:08:00Z Snowden leaks erode trust in Internet companies, government Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's data collection practices have eroded the public's trust in major technology companies -- and in the Internet, a Harris Interactive survey found. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:23:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-04T11:23:00Z NSA phone metadata collection program renewed for 90 days The Obama Administration has secured a 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial authority to collect phone metadata records on U.S. customers under the Patriot Act. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:16:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-01T20:16:00Z NSA isn't evil, says noted civil libertarian Civil liberties and privacy groups have long criticized the U.S. National Security Agency, but those critics became louder last summer after details of the agency's data collection activities were disclosed in classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:32:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-04-01T19:32:00Z Payment card security revamp becoming chip vs. PIN tussle Industry efforts to shore up payment card security after the massive data breach at Target appear to be devolving into a battle over chip vs. PIN technology between retailers and credit card companies. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:35:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-03-27T19:35:00Z In rare move, banks sue Target's security auditor Two banks that claim to have suffered losses from the recent data breach at Target have sued Trustwave Holdings Inc., the company that was responsible for validating Target's compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:34:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-03-26T10:34:00Z Business groups see IT shops as roadblocks to data analytics projects Business groups in a growing number of companies appear to be plowing ahead on data analytics projects with little input or help from their own IT organizations. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:03:00 GMT (Jaikumar Vijayan) 2014-03-25T20:03:00Z