Fahmida Rashid

Senior Writer

CSO


Healthcare.gov Site Reportedly Sharing Personal Information of Visitors

Posted on: 22 Jan 2015

The healthcare.gov site is sharing personal information about visitors to its site to third-party advertisers, according to a report by The Associated Press. The website for the federal healthcare exchange provides advertising networks with information such as the visitor’s age, annual income, zip code and state, whether he or she smokes, whether she is pregnant, and…

FBI Warns of Destructive Malware Post Sony Attack

Posted on: 02 Dec 2014

Cybercriminals are targeting U.S. businesses with malware with destructive capabilities, much like the one that recently crippled Sony, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned late Monday. The malware described in the five-page confidential “flash” FBI warning issued to businesses on Monday appear to be the same as the one that affected Sony Pictures Entertainment last…

Federal Weather System Breached

Posted on: 12 Nov 2014

China-based attackers are back in the news again, this time for breaching the federal weather network, officials told the Washington Post. The initial intrusion appears to have occurred late September, but officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) did not take steps or notify proper authorities until October, the Post reported. NOAA declined…

FBI Investigates Cyber Attack on US Postal Service

Posted on: 11 Nov 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a cyber attack earlier this year against the U.S. Postal Service that exposed the personal information of every single employee. Personal information of more than 800,000 postal employees have been exposed, as well as customers who contacted the USPS call center by telephone or email between January and…

More Calls for Businesses to Adopt EMV Chip Payment Technology

Posted on: 28 Oct 2014

Another industry alliance joined the chorus urging businesses that process debit and credit cards to implement EMV payment chip technology to combat fraud. EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard® and Visa®, the developers of the technology. It has been used in Europe since 1992, and moves are underway to make it the standard payment type in the United…

Salesforce Under Cyber Attack; Issues Malware Warning

Posted on: 11 Sep 2014

Attackers are targeting Salesforce users with malicious emails designed to trick victims into downloading the Dyreza malware onto their computers, the software-as-a-service giant warned customers earlier this week. Salesforce said it was not aware of any customers who have been affected by the attacks. The attackers have not compromised Salesforce systems. The attacks typically utilize…

Up to 5 Million Gmail Passwords Posted on a Russian Bitcoin Forum

Posted on: 11 Sep 2014

Up to 5 million passwords for Gmail accounts were posted on a Russian Bitcoin forum on Wednesday. As security incidents go, the password dump is a non-event, as the list seems to be a compilation of previous breaches over the past years and not a fresh data dump. Most of the passwords were more than…

Home Depot Continues Investigation Into Reported Breach

Posted on: 04 Sep 2014

Home improvement retailer Home Depot is still investigating a possible breach where cyber-criminals may have stolen credit and debit card details from nearly all of its 2,200 stores in the United States this year.  Krebs on Security first reported the alleged breach on Tuesday. Home Depot CEO Frank Blake told investors at the Goldman Sachs…

IEEE Launches Center for Secure Design with Google, Twitter, Harvard and Others

Posted on: 03 Sep 2014

Google, Twitter, and HP are teaming up with 10 other technology companies and universities to help developers design secure software and write better code. An initiative under the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society, the new group focuses on practical recommendations for secure software design. The other founding members of IEEE Center…

Black Hat at a Glance

Posted on: 08 Aug 2014

In its 17th year, the annual Black Hat security conference was bigger than ever, with more than 8,000 registered attendees, 147 vendors exhibiting in the expo hall, and more workshops. The conference’s size and the fact that the conference had moved from Caesars Palace to Mandalay Bay are fairly cosmetic changes. The tenor of the…