Articles by Lisa Vaas
Researchers have found a trove of information on a file-sharing site that could allow attackers to breach electronic medical records and payment information from healthcare providers such as nursing homes, doctors' offices and hospitals.
Former employees and others familiar with the breach investigation said at least one analyst recommended a thorough security review prior to Target's upgrading its payment system. Did the review actually happen, or was it lost in the cacophony of warnings security teams and government agencies constantly put forth?
South Korean regulators have fined three credit card companies and banned them from issuing new credit cards for three months in the wake of the country's largest-ever data theft.
The NSA claimed in a recent document that Edward Snowden pulled a fast one on at least one fellow NSA employee in order to gain access to the classified documents he's gone on to leak - or gush, as the case may be. Snowden has denied such claims in the past, and according to his legal people, he still does, and this new charge amounts to the NSA's habit of scapegoating.
With three other Silk Road copycat sites having run off with users' funds since the original Silk Road was shut down, the dark web is turning into a glum place to shop for drugs, firearms and forged IDs.
At Black Hat Asia next month, researchers plan to show a palm-sized device that costs less than $20 to build from off-the-shelf, untraceable parts and that, depending on the car model, can screw with windows, headlights and even the truly scary, make-you-crash bits: i.e., steering and brakes.
It was meant to rival Silk Road, which the US FBI shut down in October and which sold the same type of merchandise: drugs, firearms, stolen bank account information and forged identity documents.
Illegal GPS jammers, sold cheap online, can endanger space stations and ship navigation, not to mention potentially preventing emergency calls or keeping rescue teams from homing in on injured people. But recently, a new version of an old, longwave technology, eLORAN, is showing great promise in jamming the jammers.
Jedis tend to marry outside their faith (It's really hard to find somebody who's a good midi-chlorians fit). Sikhs and Muslims are quite unlikely to do so. Just two of Facebook's conclusions in the first installment of a week's worth of Valentine's Day-related personal data crunching.
Just by looking at suspects, police could instantly check out their arrest records, mugshots and other key information. Of course, they could also record everything and everybody they see, regardless of whether they have a warrant or reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
On the TV show Mission: Impossible, the tape with mission instructions always self-destructed, sometimes crumbling and sometimes going up in smoke. The US military wants that to happen in real life with electronics that shatter and turn to dust on command.
We shouldn't know about how this teenager's friends slaughtered calves in Farmville or that her idol is some dreamy looking guy, but we do, all because of a bizarre, fluky little glitch in the email confirmation (that's only now being fixed).
The warning flare comes as a window for Windows users that features a "reset" button to get the browser back to factory-fresh settings.
The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.
Happy 10th birthday, Facebook! We shall celebrate by listicling the service's security and privacy greatest hits and biggest misses. Fasten your Facebelts!
White Lodging runs businesses such as gift shops and restaurants within big US hotel brands. Guests at one of those hotel brands, Marriott, are advised to check their card statements following the discovery of a 9-month-long card suctioning operation.
The company has reportedly shut down remote access to at least two internal systems: one for HR and one for suppliers. And yes, the DOJ is investigating this, one of the biggest breaches of all time.