Symantec source code published by hacker

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Antivirus firm Symantec has recently been the victim of a hack attack in which the hacker released the source code for its pcAnywhere utility. Fears have arisen that hackers could analyze the code to find security holes and then attempt to take over customers’ computers. The release of the source… Read more »

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Drug data company accused of selling raw information to pharma firms

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Drug research company Pharmafakt GFD has been accused of selling raw data on drug prescription habits to pharmaceutical companies. Although selling the information is legal if made anonymous, this information was not coded in any way, which would allow pharma companies to see which doctors are prescribing which drugs and… Read more »

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Cybercrime will only get worse in 2012

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If you thought cybercrime reached the headlines a lot in 2011, then get ready for 2012. Experts are saying that this year will be the worst year ever for hack attacks. It’s a scary thought. Fastcompany.com reports that a recent Norton study found the total cost of cybercrime to the… Read more »

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Internet operator VeriSign is hacked repeatedly

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VeriSign, the company ultimately responsible for the integrity of websites ending in .com, .net and .gov, has been hacked repeatedly, Reuters reports. It is believed that hackers stole undisclosed information from the company, though VeriSign does not believe the servers that support their Domain Name System network have been breached…. Read more »

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Data breach cover is essential for small businesses

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If you work in the insurance industry, it can be easy to forget that small business owners aren’t always sure what types of cover they should have in place. Forbes, however, has put together a handy list of thirteen types of insurance essential for small business owners. Number eight on… Read more »

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NHS Trust could be hit with one of the ICO’s largest fines yet

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has proposed a fine of £375k, its largest so far, for a patient privacy breach at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. The incident occured when hard drives containing patient data were sold on eBay by the registered contractor hired to destroy them. The… Read more »

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Zappos hit with privacy breach

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American shoe giant Zappos, owned by Amazon.com, has recently undergone a major security breach which exposed the personal details, albeit no full credit card information, of as many as 24 million of its customers. The good news is that Zappos was fairly well-equipped to defend and respond to such an… Read more »

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Spain Sinde Law to combat internet piracy

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Spain has jumped on the anti-piracy bandwagon and recently adopted an anti-internet piracy law which could force internet service providers (ISPs) to shut down offending websites within ten days. The law is in reponse to a report which found that nearly 98% of music consumed in Spain is done so… Read more »

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Data privacy becoming the focus of California’s plaintiff attorneys

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Just like fashion and cuisine, it turns out that in California, certain types of class action lawsuits can also be in vogue. The Data Privacy Monitor reports that the latest is a series of lawsuits arising out of California’s 2003 “Shine the Light” law which requires almost all businesses with… Read more »

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Unsophisticated hack on 150 Subway franchises

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If you’ve used a credit card to pay at a Subway in the last couple of years, it turns out you may have paid more than you bargained for. Four Romanian hackers have recently been charged with stealing over 80,000 credit card details from 150 franchises of the American sandwich… Read more »

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