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CareFirst, LogJam flaw, USA Freedom Act, PayPal, etc.

By Brian Warkoczeski
May 21, 2015 7:49 am

A look at IT news...

Health insurer CareFirst reveals cyberattack affecting 1.1 million

CIO - A large U.S. health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has disclosed it fell victim to a cyberattack that affected about 1.1 million people.

LogJam encryption flaw puts Web surfers at risk

Computerworld - The flaw is closely related to FREAK and involves downgrading TLS connections to a weak key.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Confirms a Hacker Attack

New York Times - The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said hackers were able to redirect users of its online research services to fake websites.

Critical vulnerability in NetUSB driver exposes millions of routers to hacking

CSO - Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise them.

Trinity Mirror Must Pay $1.9 Million Over Phone Hacking

Bloomberg - Trinity Mirror Plc must pay 1.2 million pounds ($1.9 million) to eight celebrities after a London judge said that there was "substantial" phone hacking at the company's newspapers.

The FCC warns Internet providers they're on the hook now for user privacy

Washington Post - Don't misuse your customers' personal information. That's the warning federal regulators are sending to Internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon, in a reminder that they and other broadband companies are now bound by some of the strictest privacy regulations on the books.

Apple, Google, and other tech giants ask Senate to pass NSA reform bill

PC World - The USA Freedom Act was earlier passed by the House of Representatives.

Justice Department Charges Six Chinese Nationals with Insider Theft

Threat Post - The Northern District of California has announced the indictment of six Chinese nationals, charging them with theft of trade secrets and economic espionage.

Telstra Discloses Breach of Pacnet Corporate Network

Security Week - Australian telecommunications giant Telstra revealed on Wednesday that the corporate network of Pacnet was breached by an unknown actor.

US clamps down on zero-day exploits, says sales should require an export license

ZDNET - A new proposal by the US Commerce Department aims to control zero-day exploits like any other weapon of war.

US regulator orders PayPal to pay $25 million in refunds, fines

CNET - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau claims PayPal signed up consumers to its credit service, PayPal Credit, without their permission.

Americans Want Their Data Safe, Don't Trust the Watchers: Survey

NBC News - The vast majority of Americans say having control over their personal data is important to them -- but few have confidence in the government and companies that keep those records, according to a new survey.


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