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Oct 10, 2014

Sears says Kmart stores hit by data breach

By Jim Finkle and Yashaswini Swamynathan

(Reuters) – Retailer Sears Holdings Corp said the payment data systems at its Kmart stores had been compromised, the latest in a series of computer security breaches to hit U.S. companies in recent months.

The U.S. Secret Service confirmed it was investigating the breach, which occurred in September and compromised the systems of Kmart, which has about 1,200 stores across the United States. The breach did not affect the Sears department store chain.

Oct 9, 2014
Oct 3, 2014

States investigate JPMorgan Chase hack as it is seen fueling fraud

BOSTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Two U.S. states are investigating
the theft of 83 million customer records from JPMorgan Chase &
Co in a massive cyberattack uncovered over the summer
and more may soon join, Reuters learned on Friday.

The Illinois state attorney general’s office said it has
launched a probe into the hack on the No. 1 U.S. bank by assets.
Connecticut is also investigating, said a person familiar with
the matter who was not authorized to publicly discuss the probe.

Oct 3, 2014

JPMorgan Chase hack could fuel years of fraud: cybercrime researchers

BOSTON (Reuters) – The 83 million customer records that hackers stole from JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) could fuel years of fraud, as criminals use the information to “phish” for customer passwords and ferret out other accounts that consumers may have, cybercrime researchers said on Friday.

The No. 1 U.S. bank by assets said on Thursday in a regulatory filing that customer names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were taken in the attack that the bank said surfaced in August. It added that it was continuing to investigate the matter and that customers would not be liable for any unauthorized transactions that were promptly reported to the bank.

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Palo Alto Networks unexpectedly gets low score on firewall test

BOSTON (Reuters) – Palo Alto Networks Inc’s flagship next-generation security firewall ranks as the least effective in a new test of such equipment by NSS Labs, results that surprised some analysts because the product is widely considered an industry leader.

NSS, which reviews technology products for Fortune 500 companies, gave Palo Alto’s firewall a “caution” rating in a survey released to clients Tuesday. It had rated the product “recommended” in its last survey, released in February 2013.

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      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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