Inspector General Russell George says hackers would have had a tougher time breaching the IRS "Get Transcript" system if the agency had implemented IG recommendations, but he stops short of saying the safeguards would have prevented the hack.
The consolidated class-action lawsuit filed by banking institutions against Home Depot is more evidence of how issuers are no longer relying solely on card brands to be compensated for breach losses and expenses.
A new breach reported by Heartland Payment Systems won't get much attention. But this incident could be more damaging to the undisclosed number of consumers affected than was Heartland's 2008 payment card breach.
Prosecutors love to tell judges that sentences for hackers and cybercriminals must be strong enough to deter future such crimes. But as the case of Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht shows, they've failed to make the case for deterrence.
Sally Beauty Supply says that a four-week investigation shows that the retailer suffered a six-week point-of-sale malware attack at U.S. stores, compromising card data for an unknown number of customers.
Breached dating website FriendFinder allegedly missed email warnings from security researchers that its site had been breached and customers' data was being sold on a "darknet" site. What can other businesses learn from that apparent mistake?
The method the Internal Revenue Service used to authenticate users, which failed to keep sophisticated hackers from breaching a taxpayer-facing system, has been widely criticized by cybersecurity experts.
A game-changing impact of the Edward Snowden leaks about previously secret National Security Agency surveillance activities is the increased use of encryption, such as to protect email, says Peter Swire, a former White House chief privacy counsel.
Using personal information gained from third-party sources to circumvent authentication protections, hackers breached 100,000 accounts of taxpayers who had used the IRS's "Get Transcript" application, which has been temporarily shuttered.
It's no surprise that virus-wielding hackers are exploiting Internet of Things devices. Blame too many device manufacturers rushing products to market, skimping on secure development practices and failing to audit the third-party code they use.
This year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London is offering a top-notch range of sessions, ranging from how to battle cybercrime and social engineering to building a better security culture and workforce. Here's my list of must-see sessions.
MasterCard's breach settlement with Target has been derailed after not enough card issuers agreed to the terms. Now MasterCard is expected to attempt to renegotiate, while banks continue with a class-action lawsuit against the retailer.
Britain's computer emergency response team - CERT-UK - reports that malware remains the dominant mode of online attack for cybercriminals, and Zeus their most preferred tool of choice. But the team is promoting a free information-alert service to help.