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Category Archives: Cybercrime

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,…

NASDAQ Hack and the Failure of InfoSec

– The front cover page of the July 21-27, 2014 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine screams out “THE NASDAQ HACK.” The headline refers to the lead article by Michael Riley with the title “How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq: It was easier than you think.” The article describes, in great…

The “Patch and Pray” Approach to Cybersecurity

– On the front page of The New York Times of August 6, 2014, Nicole Perlroth and David Gelles published an article “Russian Hackers Steal Passwords of Billion Users: Data Still Vulnerable – 420,000 Sites, Big and Small, Were Targets, Firm Says.” Usually I wait a week to two or even a month or…