Data Security Podcast Episode 67, Aug 24 2009
30 minutes every week on data security, privacy, and the law…..(plus or minus five)
On this week’s program:
* The security lessons from Heartland data breach – what the newscasters didn’t tell you. Details on our Tales from The Dark Web segment.
* What if you discovered a web security flaw and their customer service staff ignored your alerts? An exciting announcement about a project to address this problem.
* Our take on this week’s news.
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Show Notes for Episode 67 of the Data Security Podcast
* Tales From The Dark Web: What the other newscasters didn’t talk about with the news of an indictment of the Heartland / TJMaxx / 7-11 attacker, Albert Gonzales.
*From the News: Web app attacks lead to possible breach of Law Enforcement data
* From the News: Cyber-Ambulance Chasing (Can’t we think of another way to accomplish this?)
Unspam Technologies filed a “John Doe” lawsuit in federal court against cybercriminals who have been targeting banks. The unfortunate bank customers are now caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Unspam’s suit seeks confidential account information from the financial institutions, as part of its strategy to track down the hackers.
Here’s the money quote from the coverage in the New York Times: Even though Unspam’s lawyer “concedes he is unlikely ever to discover the names of the hackers… he hopes to get the details of the thefts, the names of victims and other information from the banks that can be used to improve security and possibly identify the hackers.”
We’re not sure we like this strategy. Who’s next? Shall we force insurance companies to cough up individual medical records in order to prosecute hospital ID theft?
Read the story by Saul Hansell in the New York Times.
* Wrap: Vanishing eMail