Fahmida Y. Rashid

January 22, 2015

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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 (AP).

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 whether the person has children, according to the AP report. 

December 2, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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 week, security experts told Reuters.

November 12, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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. 

November 11, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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.

October 28, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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 States.


September 11, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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.

September 11, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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.

September 4, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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.

September 3, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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.

August 8, 2014

By Fahmida Y. Rashid

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 conference had completely changed, as well.

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