Storing Card Numbers Unencrypted – REALLY?

The US Federal Trade Commission has sued Wyndham Worldwide and three of its subsidiaries for poor data security, it was announced in late June. To be clear this is a lawsuit and it is not a statement of guilt. As of this writing Wyndham has not agreed to any of the items in the suit. […]
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Hackers in the Media

I was looking at the Prezi site today (and you should too, if you give presentations) and I found this:  Hackers in the Media. The creator is Molly Sauter of the Center for Civic Media at MIT. You should watch it for two reasons: 1) it does a fantastic job of examining how the media […]
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Operation Card Shop

News outlets throughout the US reported last week about “Operation Card Shop” a series of crimes related to stolen credit card information.. The press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is titled Manhattan U.S. Attorney And FBI Assistant Director-In-Charge Announce 24 Arrests In Eight Countries As Part Of […]
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Let’s Get Physical

Usually when we hear the term “cybersecurity” we think of things like passwords and firewalls. We seldom think of physical security. Yet physical security is just as critical or perhaps more than passwords or firewalls: A bad actor could likely compromise a system more easily if he or she had physical access.  It is far […]
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Internet Crime Help From Uncle Sam

One of the more interesting places to get information about crime on the Internet is the Internet Crime Complaint Center at According to their site  the IC3 “was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive […]
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