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The one thing you need to do about password breaches

The recent Ebay password compromise is just the latest in a string of similar attacks. Each time we hear a call for people to change their passwords. Sometimes the attacked company will require password changes, but more often it is just a suggestion; a suggestion that a majority choose to ignore. Further exacerbating the problem [...]

CSO: Hackers behind bulk of the 2,644 data breaches in 2012

CSO reports on a new survey by the Open Society Foundation, “Data Breach QuickView: An Executive’s Guide to Data Breach Trends in 2012” (pdf), on data security breaches, which affect the privacy of individuals’ information. In a recent case, four former executives of a Dun & Bradstreet unit were convicted of illegally buying data on consumers in China. [...]

GovHealthIT: Electronic data breaches fade from VA security reports

GovHealthIT reports on the improved security for data privacy at the Department of Veterans Affairs: Each month, Roger Baker, CIO of the Veterans Affairs Department, briefs reporters about the previous month’s electronic and paper data breaches and near misses. It used to be a lively discussion mostly about human gaffes with technology that had potentially [...]

Politico: Senate in search of consensus on data breaches

Politico reports on debate in Congress concerning legislation about data security breaches: Congress failed to pass a new federal law last year requiring the litany of companies affected by data breaches — from gaming giant Sony to shoe e-tailer Zappos — to notify consumers. But now some lawmakers believe they have a new route for [...]

Financial Post (Canada): Force firms to disclose data breaches, report urges

The Financial Post reports criticism on proposed changes to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The Public Interest Advocacy Centre says the proposed changes do not go far enough in protecting the privacy of individuals: As Ottawa mulls whether to update Canada’s existing privacy laws, one consumer rights group argues the proposal [...]

Politico: Bill to plug data breaches still stalled

Politico reports that federal legislation concerning privacy is stalled in Congress: Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) have been unable to forge consensus on a bill much discussed in tech circles that would force companies to bolster their data security practices and notify consumers whose information has been stolen. The panel [...]

Boston Globe: Data breaches affect 2m in Mass.

The Boston Globe reports on data security breaches in Massachusetts: Personal information from nearly one out of three Massachusetts residents, from names and addresses to medical histories, has been compromised through data theft or loss since the beginning of 2010, according to statistics released yesterday by the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley. A state [...]