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Jan 23, 2014

FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The FBI has warned U.S.
retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering
about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same
kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in
the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a
confidential, three-page report to retail companies last week
describing the risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that
infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, which include cash
registers and credit-card swiping machines found in store
checkout aisles.

Jan 23, 2014

Exclusive: FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a confidential, three-page report to retail companies last week describing the risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, which include cash registers and credit-card swiping machines found in store checkout aisles.

Jan 22, 2014

Russia hacked hundreds of Western, Asian companies: security firm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic – rather than political – gains.

According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the previously unreported cyber espionage campaign include energy and technology firms, some of which have lost valuable intellectual property.

Jan 20, 2014
Jan 17, 2014

Cybercrime firm says uncovers 6 active attacks on U.S. merchants

BOSTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A cybercrime firm says it has
uncovered at least six ongoing attacks at U.S. merchants whose
credit card processing systems are infected with the same type
of malicious software used to steal data from Target Corp
.

Andrew Komarov, chief executive of the cybersecurity firm
IntelCrawler, told Reuters that his company has alerted law
enforcement, Visa Inc and intelligence teams at several
large banks about the findings. He said payment card data was
stolen in the attacks, though he didn’t know how much.

Jan 17, 2014

Exclusive: Cybercrime firm says uncovers six active attacks on U.S. merchants

BOSTON (Reuters) – A cybercrime firm says it has uncovered at least six ongoing attacks at U.S. merchants whose credit card processing systems are infected with the same type of malicious software used to steal data from Target Corp.

Andrew Komarov, chief executive of the cybersecurity firm IntelCrawler, told Reuters that his company has alerted law enforcement, Visa Inc and intelligence teams at several large banks about the findings. He said payment card data was stolen in the attacks, though he didn’t know how much.

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. government warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has provided merchants with information gleaned from its confidential investigation into the massive data breach at Target Corp in an effort to help them thwart similar attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday privately released an analysis of advanced malicious software and techniques threatening merchants in a report titled “Indicators for Network Defenders.”

Jan 16, 2014

U.S. govt warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers

BOSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has provided
merchants with information gleaned from its confidential
investigation into the massive data breach at Target Corp
in an effort to help them thwart similar attacks.

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday privately
released an analysis of advanced malicious software and
techniques threatening merchants in a report titled “Indicators
for Network Defenders.”

Jan 16, 2014

HealthCare.gov security again under scrutiny by politicians

BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A cybersecurity
professional warned that the U.S. government failed to implement
fixes to protect the HealthCare.gov website from hackers at a
congressional hearing that Democratic lawmakers claimed was
politically motivated.

“HealthCare.gov is not secure today,” David Kennedy, head of
computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, said at a
Thursday hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology
Committee.

Jan 16, 2014
    • 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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