"The breach could have been stopped there without human intervention. The system has an option to automatically delete malware as it’s detected. But according to two people who audited FireEye's performance after the breach, Target's security team turned that function off." Bloomberg reports today on "Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It." (The Target breach, previously.)
Target says they've suffered a data breach that may have exposed 40 million credit card transactions since the end of November. [more inside]
The apparent hack of several e-mail accounts has exposed personal photos and sensitive correspondence from members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. presidents, The Smoking Gun has learned. Among this leak are some of George W.'s self-portraits.
Wikileaks may have been the big news, but there were numerous other data breaches in 2010. [more inside]
"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." [more inside]
If you've bought anything at a Hannaford or a Sweetbay store in the last three months and paid with your credit or debit card, you could be in trouble. Between December 7 and March 10, someone tapped into their credit card authorization datastream. The blackhat stole 4.2 million credit card numbers. Some of those have already seen illicit activity. The Hannaford corporation apologizes for the inconvenience.