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Big Data Installs Spark Security Concerns.

About half—55%—of respondents in a recent survey said that they were operating big data systems in full production, pilot or proof-of-concept, stages, and that 28% plan to have big data applications deployed within the next two years. That opens up serious security concerns. According to the report from SANS Institute, the primary data types respondent organizations are managing in their big data systems include personally identifiable information (PII, 73%), employee records (64%), intellectual property (59%), payment card information (53%) and national security intelligence data (40%). Additionally, it was shown that organizations are coming under increased compliance pressure, with 83% reporting that their big data systems must comply with one or more regulatory standards. Read more...




Syrian Electronic Army Claims It Hacked US Army Website!

​The US army website has been taken offline after it was apparently hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The group, took credit for the hack via Twitter and left several messages on the site before it was taken down. Read more...

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As federal agency reels from massive data breach, Chinese hackers blamed

The US government is badly leaking data. And China, the prime suspect in the latest data breach, isn't helping. The most recent victim of a massive data breach is the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal agency responsible for vetting about 90 percent of the people for working in the federal government. Read more...

 

 

 Assume your GitHub account is hacked, users with weak crypto keys told

GitHub has revoked an unknown number of cryptographic keys used to access accounts after a developer found they contained a catastrophic weakness that came to light some seven years ago. The keys, which allow authorized users to log into public repository accounts belonging to the likes of Spotify, Yandex, and UK government developers, were generated using a buggy pseudo random number generator originally contained in the Debian distribution of Linux. Read more...

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Hackers Hit the IRS and Make Off With 100K Taxpayers’ Files

On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers’ files between February and the middle of this month. And though that may seem like a relatively small set of victims compared with recent breaches like the one affecting Target or the health insurer Anthem, the IRS says the attackers gained the full tax return transcript of the affected taxpayers, which could included a detailed dossier of their personal information including income and social security numbers. Read more...

 

 

Study: Average cost of data breach is $6.5M !!!

​An annual study from the Ponemon Institute and IBM released on Wednesday found that the average cost per capita cost in a data breach increased to $217 in 2015 from $201 in 2014. Plus, the average total cost of a data breach increased to $6.5 million from $5.8 million the prior year. Read more...

 

 

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