Friday Five: 1/23 Edition



Your weekly roundup of information security news.

It’s Friday! Catch up on what has been going on in the cyber security world with our picks for this week’s hottest articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. Obama’s Former Privacy Director Decries America’s Data Security” by Timothy H. Edgar (@Timothy_Edgar).
    On Tuesday, President Obama gave his State of the Union speech where he addressed privacy and cybersecurity. In this article, Edgar expresses how this “has become an annual Washington ritual” where “nothing happens.” In addition, he explains how he believes the best ideas for improving the nation’s cybersecurity reside in the minds of those not in the federal government.
  2. How Was Your Credit Card Stolen?” by Brian Krebs (@briankrebs).
    Credit card fraud has been a problem for quite some time. Although banks have improved their ability to detect and deactivate compromised accounts, the crime itself is still inevitable. Read this article to discover the various ways criminals are trying to steal your credit card information.
  3. Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Breach Notification?” by Kim Zetter (@KimZetter).
    Do you know what a breach notification is? Even if you do, this article does a great job in giving an in-depth description of breach notifications and the legislation regarding them.
  4. Cyber Security Is Growing In Importance For Medical Devices Too” by Sue Poremba (@sueporemba).
    The time has come where medical equipment and patient data are at risk of being hacked. Check out this article to find out about the risks patients are facing and what needs to be done in order to keep them safe.
  5. Holes in Progressive Dongle Could Lead to Car Hacks” by Chris Brook.
    Progressive Insurance manufactures a dongle device they call “Snapshot” that can be installed in most car models. This device may save you money on your car insurance, but it also could allow hackers to gain control of your vehicle. Give this article a read to find out how.
Brandon Vasciannie

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