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Neiman Marcus also Targeted by Holiday Season Hackers

Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus is the latest major corporation to announce that it was the victim of a cyber attack during the holiday shopping season. The Dallas, Texas-based company, which operates nearly 80 department stores and clearance centers nationwide, said it learned in mid-December 2013 of the possible theft of customers’ debit and credit card data. ...

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Cyber Scam Nets Ukrainian Mastermind 18 Years Behind Bars

A Ukrainian national dubbed one of “the world’s most prolific cybercriminals” has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison in connection with a scheme to steal financial information through the Internet. Roman Vega, who co-founded the website CarderPlanet, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and money laundering, according to a December 2013 news release by the U.S. Dep ...

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Cyber Security Awareness Month Marks 10th Anniversary

In today’s technology-dependent society, the Halloween season brings more than just ghouls and goblins. There also is the specter of hackers and cyber criminals. October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a public-private effort aimed at boosting awareness of online threats and bolstering cyber defences. ...

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Ex-NSA Official to Lead Cybersecurity Program at Southern Methodist University

A former research director for the National Security Agency (NSA) has been tapped to lead the development of a cybersecurity program at Southern Methodist University. Fred Chang will be tasked with several major objectives, according to the Dallas, Texas, university. Those goals include: conducting research into national cybersecurity challenges; training students to be cyber professionals; and incorporatin ...

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Report: Cost of Online Scams Increased in 2012

A national clearinghouse for reporting Internet-related crime received 289,874 complaints in 2012, representing financial losses of more than $525 million, according to the organization’s annual report. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reported that 39.6% of the complaints reported dollar losses. Total losses increased 8.3% over 2011, even though the number of complaints received by IC3 decreased b ...

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McAfee Executive Named to U.S. Cybersecurity Post

An executive with the technology security company McAfee has been appointed to head cybersecurity policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During her tenure as vice president and chief technology officer at McAfee, Phyllis Schneck led initiatives relating to public sector cybersecurity, global threat intelligence and adaptive security, according to the company’s website. As Deputy Under Sec ...

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Study Finds Cybersecurity Concerns at Major U.S. Ports

By: Todd Leskanic Major ports across the nation have few measures in place to guard against the potential for commerce-crippling cyber attacks, a new study has found. “In certain ports, a cyber disruption affecting energy supplies would likely send not just a ripple but a shockwave through the U.S. and even global economy,” U.S. Coast Guard Commander Joseph Kramek, the study’s author, wrote. Kramek noted th ...

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Does the “CSI Effect” Really Exist?

Anyone who’s turned on a TV lately knows that crime is big business on the small screen. With shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Law and Order and Criminal Minds occupying top slots on every network, formerly obscure terms like “chain of custody,” “blood spatter analysis” and, of course, “forensic evidence” are now common parlance. In fact, CSI and other crime TV shows are so popular that many ...

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Cyber Security: Job Description, Salary, and Training

Cyber security has become increasingly important for national security. A cyber attack can damage computer networks or give criminals access to bank accounts or other highly classified information that can put United States citizens in danger. To combat this, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created a team of cyber security professionals to help keep America safe from cyber threats. Private comp ...

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