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Category Archives: Cybercrime

Data Masking: Good … Information Masking: Very Bad

– As we learn more and more about the huge data breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), two aspects are grabbing everyone’s attention. One is the weakness of the security measures implemented by OPM and its contractors; the other is that senior management of OPM and purportedly…

The Bankers and the Lawmen Should be Cyber Friends

– When I read Matthew Goldstein’s February 24, 2015 article “Wall St. and Law Firms Plan Cooperative Body to Bolster Online Security,” in the DealB%k section of The New York Times, I was reminded of the song from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” about how farmers and cowmen should get…

Some Data Breaches are “Ordinary”

– Given enough time and a large number of events, it seems that we eventually become inured to major incidents. At least that is what you would think if you read David E. Sanger’s article “Countering Cyberattacks without a Playbook” in The New York Times of December 24, 2014. Here is what…

Yet Another Case of Third-Party Breach Discovery

– On the front page of the Business Day section of The New York Times of November 1, 2014, is an article by Matthew Goldstein and Nicole Perlroth with the title “Luck Helped in Discovery of Breach at JPMorgan.” It never ceases to amaze me how few publicized data breaches are actually discovered…

Beating Around the Proverbial Cybersecurity Bush

– If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times … until we put real teeth into cybersecurity enforcement and insist upon serious personal legal consequences for those at the top, we won’t see improvement. We’ve beaten around the bush for far too long. How many more breaches,…