Malware

Heartland Payment Systems Uncovers Malicious Software In Its Processing System (updated)

From their press release: Payments processor Heartland Payment Systems has learned it was the victim of a security breach within its processing system in 2008. Heartland believes the intrusion is contained. No merchant data or cardholder Social Security numbers, unencrypted personal identification numbers (PIN), addresses or telephone numbers were involved in the breach....

WA: Hacker hits county Web site

San Juan County’s Web site was hacked January 15. The county Information Technology department is warning computer users to keep a close eye on their personal data if they accessed the site that day, although it does not appear that any data was compromised. About 8:35 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 morning the County’s...

Blaine Man Pleads Guilty to Sabotaging Former Employer’s Computer System

Slightly off-topic because no PII seems to have been involved, but suppose he had decided to capture transactions instead of just crashing the system? A 21-year-old Blaine man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in connection with sabotaging his former employer’s computer system after being terminated. David Ernest Everett Jr. pleaded guilty to one...

UK: Sacked IT admin sentenced for hacking ex-employer

Dan Goodin reports: A British IT admin was ordered to pay more than £3,000 and given a three-months jail sentence after being accused of hacking into his former employer’s computer system so he could install spyware and delete emails. Julius Oladiran, 46, of South Norwood, admitted making a false statement and gaining unauthorized access...

Malware blamed in latest SAIC breach

Science Applications International Corporation (“SAIC”), recipient of a number of large government contracts, notified the New Hampshire Attorney General on December 9th of a security breach involving malware. The specific malware was not named, but was described as “designed to provide backdoor access.” The breach was detected on October 28th. In its letter to...