Secret Service and Homeland Security Warn That 1,000 Businesses May Have Threats of Credit Card Stealing Malware

The PCI (Payment Card Industry) Council issued a document relating to credit card stealing malware.  The document states that the United States Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement that over 1,000 business could have been affected by malware called “Backoff”.  This malware is typically installed on POS (Point of Sale) systems which are the same systems that you use to swipe your credit card at stores for purchases.  Major breaches are now happening almost weekly (or more often).  The last couple weeks UPS, Dairy Queen, JP Morgan / Chase.  These 1,000 businesses that the US Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security issued the warning… Read More

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Goodwill Stores victim of the Next Major Breach?

It has not been confirmed yet, but sources are saying that the Goodwill stores nationwide have been breached. The breach can go as far back as 2013. If you have used your credit card at a Goodwill location, monitor it closely because it has most likely been stolen. More details will hopefully be provided soon. The U.S. Secret Service is now working with Goodwill on the possible breach. Sources: www.krebsonsecurity.com

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Dominos Pizza Hacked – Could Affect Over 600,000 Customers

Hackers are holding the information of over 600,000 Domino’s customers for ransom.  They are demanding $40,000 or they will release the names, email addresses, addresses, and passwords of their customers.  Dominos is holding firm and it does not look like they are giving in.  They are saying that no information has been stolen. Domino’s Pizza Hacked, Customer Data Held for Ransom

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P.F. Chang's Customers Suffer from Credit Card Breach

As of June 10th, the United States Secret Service is now working with P.F. Chang’s China Bistro on a breach investigation that involves a compromise of customer credit cards. According to Brian Krebs (an expert security journalist) credit cards numbers that were used at the restaurant chain started showing up for sale on underground websites ran by cyber criminals. These credit cards were cards that were used at the P.F. Chang’s restaurants. The restaurant chain has over 200 locations throughout the United States.  Although it has not been confirmed yet, several recent breaches have resulted from malicious software that was installed unknowingly on point of sale devices.  The company has… Read More

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Ebay Security Breach Causes Users to Change Usernames and Passwords

  A “fun” new security breach to talk about! The security breach Target suffered  late last year might finally be old news after the announcement of Ebay’s newest security breach.  Ebay posted an announcement this morning that they recommend all users change their usernames and passwords, this is due to a breach discovered on their network. More specifically this compromises the database containing the usernames and passwords. At the time of this article, Ebay does not have evidence that the usernames and passwords have been used maliciously. However, users typically have their credit cards, checking accounts, or PayPal account associated with Ebay.  Although Ebay has not mentioned resetting passwords on… Read More

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Antivirus – False Sense of Security

Antivirus- False Sense of Security The Internet has become a part of us.  Better yet, the Internet has become a major part of us.  As someone who has been in the field for nearly 15 years, I am still amazed at how the entire world is inter-connected through the Internet and provides us an easy way to communicate and grow our businesses.  With that said, the Internet also gives the bad people of the world a straight channel to the good people.  By nature, we always steer around the “bad part of town”, but the Internet doesn’t allow us to steer clear.  Forget your ADT Security System that you have… Read More

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