Morning Security Brief: Gangs Suspected In Credit Card Breach, DHS To Check Brits Against No-Fly Lists, Social Media, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Visa has dropped Global Payments Inc. as one of its approved service providers after the company was the victim of a massive data breach that allowed hackers to steal information from 1.5 million credit cards. Credit card numbers were stolen, but cardholder names, addresses, and Social Security numbers were not exposed, Reuters reports. The card numbers can be written onto blank magnetic stripe cards and used to make purchases in person or online. Law enforcement believe the breach may be connected to Dominican street gangs in New York City, according to Krebs on Security, the blog that originally broke the story. Banks have began analyzing the transaction data on cards that have been compromised and two different major financial institutions said the transactions seem to have in common that they were used in parking garages in and around the New York City area. Organized crime groups and gangs commit 80 percent of cybercrime, according to a recent study from the John Grieve Centre for Policing and Security at the London Metropolitan University.

►DHS has ordered airlines to provide data for British passengers traveling to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada, even for flights that don’t pass through U.S. airspace, so it can check their names against its no-fly lists. DHS wants full names, birthdates, and genders for travelers flying anywhere in or around North America. If the information is not provided, travelers can be denied boarding. U.K. lawmakers are questioning the policy, one saying, “The concern by the U.S. for its own security is entirely understandable, but it seems to me it's a whole different issue that American wishes should determine the rights and choices of people traveling between two countries neither of which is the U.S.” Said one tour operator, "One also has to wonder how an American traveler in Europe would react if he were denied boarding on a flight from London to Rome because the German government had not received sufficient data from him."

►Despite it being a hot topic in the news, most employers aren’t checking their employees social media accounts, according to a recent poll by EmployeeScreenIQ, a background check company. The company polled 650 human resources offices to see how common checking social media was during hiring. The study found that 52 percent of companies never check social media as a part of pre-employment screening. Of the 48 percent that did check social media, only nine percent said they always look at a candidate's profile, 9News reports.

►Federal prosecutors have increased their interest in warrantless cell phone tracking of suspects after court rulings say a probable cause warrant is required to gather a suspect's GPS data. ♦ The private security industry is expected to grow more than 6 percent this year, the largest gain in the industry has seen in nine years. ♦ And the Women’s Security Council announced the winners of its first Women of the Year awards.


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