This week, as in many occasions in the past, there is news of a massive theft of credit card data. This time it is the retailer Michaels, who lost 3 million credit cards. I don’t say “stolen,” I say “lost,” because anyone still using magnetic card readers (i.e., most of America) has only themselves to blame for that. Cards protected with a pin or chip are worthless on the black market, because the card number by itself is not sufficient to make a purchase. Because of the disaster at Target, that retailer is moving to the European and Latin American type card readers, which are much more secure, because they authenticate using a pin or the chip on the card.
People know that phishing lets hackers invade computers using drive by downloads. But how does this actually work? Let’s look at one example. Recently Microsoft released this security advisory: * Microsoft Security Advisory (2934088) – Title: Vulnerability in… Read More
We have written before about the impact of data privacy concerns in hosted applications. Some countries are concerned about eavesdropping by foreign government agencies, and this has the potential to impact the way SaaS applications are deployed (take… Read More