Stories by Jaikumar Vijayan

Amazon's efforts to test drones for package delivery gain support

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which represents the nascent commercial drone industry in the U.S., has thrown its considerable weight behind a bid by Amazon to test drones for use in the online retailer's proposed Prime Air package delivery service.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 28 August, 2014 00:09

Tags:, emerging technology, internet

Tesla recruits hackers to boost vehicle security

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors wants security researchers to hack its vehicles. In coming months, the Silicon Valley based high-tech carmaker will hire up to 30 full-time hackers whose job will be to find and close vulnerabilities in the sophisticated firmware that controls its cars.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 27 August, 2014 03:02

Tags: Tesla, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, security, Tesla Motors, DARPA, Car to car communication, Car Tech

Shadow cloud services pose a growing risk to enterprises

A growing tendency by business units and workgroups to sign up for cloud services without asking their IT organization creates serious risks for enterprises.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 25 August, 2014 22:59

Tags: storage, cloud security, PwC, Malware and Vulnerabilities, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 20 August, 2014 06:25

Tags: data security, security, healthcare IT, Community Health Systems, Department of Health, data protection, privacy

About 4.5M face risk of ID theft after hack of hospital network

About 4.5 million people in 28 states face the risk of identity theft due to a massive data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) a Franklin, Tenn., based health network.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 19 August, 2014 05:19

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, security, healthcare IT, Mandiant

Supervalu breach shows why move to smartcards is long overdue

The data breach disclosed by Supervalu is another reminder about why the ongoing migration of the US payment system to smartcard technology can't happen fast enough.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 16 August, 2014 20:49

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, data security, security, visa, mastercard, data protection

Grocery stores in multiple states hit by data breach

A data breach at Supervalu Inc., one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S., could affect thousands of people who shopped at the company's stores in June and July.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 16 August, 2014 03:36

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, security, data breach, Supervalu, Malware and Vulnerabilities

Tennessee firm blames bank for $193K cybertheft

A lawsuit filed in Tennessee earlier this month has resurfaced questions about a bank's responsibility in protecting customers against cyberheists.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 14 August, 2014 05:30

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, Financial IT, security

Senator wants curbs placed on fitness data use

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate the data gathering and sharing practices of makers of personal fitness devices and applications.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 12 August, 2014 06:29

Tags: Gov't Legislation/Regulation, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Federal Trade Commission, security, regulation, Fitbit, government, mobile apps, privacy

PCI Security Council moves to boost service providers' credit card security

The PCI Security Standards Council has updated its guidance to help merchants better determine whether third party service providers have implemented security measures to protect credit and debit cardholder data.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 09 August, 2014 04:15

Tags: data security, security, data protection, Malware and Vulnerabilities

Russian credential theft shows why the password is dead

News that Russian hackers amassed log-in credentials belonging to more than 1.2 billion Internet users hammers home why companies that have not implemented strong authentication measures really need to get moving on it.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 08 August, 2014 06:27

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, security, rsa security

Cybersecurity should be professionalized

The time is ripe for professionalizing cybersecurity, according to Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 06 August, 2014 06:25

Tags: security, IT careers

Retail industry rallies behind open standard for tokenization

A coalition of retail industry trade groups this week called for the creation of an open tokenization standard for protecting credit and debit card data from theft and misuse.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 02 August, 2014 06:25

Tags: National Retail Federation, Financial IT, mobile payments, retail, industry verticals

Microsoft ordered to turn over customer data stored in the cloud

Microsoft has been ordered to comply with a U.S. government demand for a customer's emails stored on a company server in Dublin, Ireland.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 01 August, 2014 20:00

Tags: security, Microsoft, legal, private cloud, privacy

Attackers exploit remote access tools to compromise retail systems

Malicious hackers are using remote access tools to break into retail point-of-sale systems and plant malware on them, the Department of Homeland Security warned.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 01 August, 2014 06:09

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, Department of Homeland Security, Apple, security, Microsoft, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, logmein, Malware and Vulnerabilities

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