Report: French Officials Accuse US of Hacking Sarkozy’s Computers The Hill By: Julian PecquetThe United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyber-warfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l’Express. The magazine reported late Tuesday that the … South Carolina Offers Details of Data Theft and Warns It Could Happen Elsewhere New York Times By: ROBBIE BROWN ATLANTA – Gov. Nikki R. Haley said on Tuesday that South Carolina officials had not done enough to stop computer hackers who recently stole millions of personal financial records. National Twitter … Jury Convicts Hacker Over AT&T-IPad User Data Breach ZDNet By: Charlie Osborne & Zero Day Using a script called an account slurper, Auernheimer and Spitler were able to forcefully harvest at least 100,000 iPad users’ data through matching email addresses with credit card identifiers. However, after the hack, AT&T removed…       Read More

NYSE Hires Former Homeland Security Chief Chicago TribuneNYSE Euronext hired former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to make sure sensitive exchange data were not breached after U.S. securities regulators left their computers unencrypted, according to a person familiar with the …Why Congress Hacked Up a Bill to Stop Hackers Businessweek By: Michale Riley & Eric Engleman At the time, lawmakers were fighting over an administration-backed bill that would require the computer systems that control utilities, chemical plants, oil pipelines, and other “critical infrastructure” to be hardened against sabotage by hackers and … ‘Spectacular’ Cyber Attack Looms: Security Official By: Camilla Lyngsby The U.S. is at war, a cyber war. And businesses and government are at risk, said Eric Rosenbach, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy in an interview with CNBC. “I read my intel brief every morning at 5:30 a.m. and it’s never a very … Anonymous…       Read More

US SEC Staffers Used Govn’t Computers for Personal Use – Report Reuters India By: Sarah N. LynchThe report also found that the staffers failed to protect their computers and devices from hackers, even as they were urging exchanges and clearing agencies to do just that. Although no breaches occurred, the staffers left sensitive stock exchange data … View Internet Porn, Get Blackmailed By Hackers (SYMC) San Francisco Chronicle By: Julie Bort It’s a form of hacking called “ransomware,” according to a new report by security company Symantec, which estimates hackers are earning upwards of $5 million a year from computer users who fall for the scam and pay the blackmail. Specifically, Symantec … SEC Staffers Used Unsecured PCs for Personal Use Wall Street & Technology By: Reuters … computers and devices from hackers, even as they were urging exchanges and clearing agencies to do just that. Although no breaches occurred,…       Read More

Illinois Nursing Home Residents’ Data Stolen 10TV CHICAGO (AP) – The personal information of 508 Illinois nursing home residents was inside a stolen briefcase, prompting the state agency overseeing Medicaid to notify the people affected by the breach. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family … Data-Breach Payouts Top $1 Million for Ex-Cop Minneapolis Star Tribune By: Eric Roper A former cop who sued a number of Minnesota cities after their employees snooped into her driver’s license data has collected more than $1 million in settlements, following Minneapolis’ approval of a $392,500 payout Friday. The City Council approved … 100,000 Android Apps Collect Too Much Data, Security Firm Finds Bloomberg By: Jordan Robertson That Angry Birds wallpaper app you’ve downloaded is doing more than decorating your smartphone screen – in the background, it’s also accessing your device’s GPS data, which tracks your location. As unseemly as that sounds, it’s not…       Read More