Malware

Ca: Hacked Trent server housed some personal information

Andrea Houston reports: Trent University is sending out alert letters to several donors and alumni after an off-site computer server containing some personal information was recently hacked. Dianne Lister, vice-president of external relations, said a power surge between Dec. 22 and Jan. 7 caused the firewall to fail, which left the server unprotected to...

OR: State loses 45 Social Security numbers in scam

Alexander Rich reports: An online scammer made off with 45 Social Security numbers after sending a virus to a computer at the Department of Human Services office in Coos Bay last week. The virus arrived in the form of a bogus e-mail with a link on it Jan. 23. When an employee clicked on...

Canadian Tire cancels 16,000 Mastercards after Heartland breach results in hundreds of cards being misused

Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC) says it has cancelled and is re-issuing 16,000 Mastercard credit cards issued by its financial services arm over security concerns. Spokeswoman Lisa Gibson says the cards were deemed to be at risk after a widespread security breach disclosed last week by Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY), a U.S. credit card transaction processor....

NC: Probe of UNCG security breach finds fewer people put at risk

Ryan Seals reports: A computer breach discovered at UNCG in December didn’t effect as many students and employees as once thought, officials said Wednesday. An investigation of the breach, which was caused by a computer virus, revealed that a possible 275 people may have been impacted from the data loss. The breach was traced...

NC: SECU probes fraud cases after security breach

Renee Chou reports: Officials with the State Employees Credit Union are investigating 40 cases of fraud in the wake of a security breach at a company that processes credit card payments nationwide. SECU receives card transactions through Visa, which receives the transactions from Heartland. The credit union has issued new credit cards and...

Send in the lawyers (Heartland Payment Systems update)

Over on Computerworld, Jaikumar Vijayan reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the Heartland Payment Systems breach: A Pennsylvania law firm today filed the first class action lawsuit related to the breach. The lawsuit was filed by Chimicles & Tikellis LLP of Haverford, PA on behalf of Alicia Cooper, a...

UK: Details of the £229 million Japanese Bank Hacking Attempt Revealed

Computer hackers have reportedly applied sophisticated password-detection software application to steal £229million from one of the largest banking groups from Japan. The reports unveiled that a security supervisor from the bank helped Belgian hackers to enter into the offices of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in London back in 2004. The company accounts targeted...