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Jan 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. government failed to secure Obamacare site: experts

BOSTON (Reuters) – A group of cyber security professionals is warning that the U.S. government has failed to implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers, some three months after experts first pointed out the problem.

David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters that the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1.

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. government failed to secure Obamacare site – experts

BOSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A group of cyber security
professionals is warning that the U.S. government has failed to
implement fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from
hackers, some three months after experts first pointed out the
problem.

David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm
TrustedSec LLC, told Reuters that the government has yet to plug
more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts
reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went
live on Oct. 1.

Jan 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2014

Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks – sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S. retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar breaches may have occurred earlier last year.

Jan 12, 2014

More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks -sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Target Corp
and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks
were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year,
according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants
that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S.
retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques
as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the
attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar
breaches may have occurred earlier last year.

Jan 11, 2014

Target breach worse than thought, states launch joint probe

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – The data breach at Target Corp over the holiday shopping season was far bigger than initially thought, the U.S. company said on Friday, as state prosecutors announced a nationwide probe into the second-biggest retail cyber attack on record.

Target said an investigation has found that the hackers stole the personal information of at least 70 million customers, including names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. Previously, the No.3 U.S. retailer said the hackers stole data from 40 million credit and debit cards.

Jan 10, 2014

Target boosts data breach toll as prosecutors launch probe

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – The data breach at Target Corp over the holiday shopping season was far bigger than initially thought, the U.S. retailer said on Friday, as state attorneys general announced a nationwide investigation into the cyber-attack.

The personal information of at least 70 million customers was stolen by cyber-criminals, including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, Target said. Previously, it said data was stolen from some 40 million credit and debit cards between November 27 and December 15.

Jan 10, 2014

Target says data breach affects 70 million customers

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. retailer Target Corp said on Friday at least 70 million customers were affected by a cyber-attack over the holiday shopping season, nearly double its original estimate, and warned the stolen data was more detailed than first thought.

Target’s announcement raised fears among security analysts that the No. 3 U.S. retailer has not yet fully grasped the scope of the data breach, which is considered the second biggest credit card attack in retail history.

Jan 7, 2014

John McAfee: glad Intel dropping name from security software

BOSTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – John McAfee, the flamboyant
millionaire who founded a pioneering anti-virus software company
that Intel Corp bought for $7.7 billion, says he is
glad that the chipmaker plans to drop his name from its
products.

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich announced the decision
to abandon the McAfee name late on Monday at the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying the company plans to adopt
the “Intel Security” brand.

    • About Jim

      "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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