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Morning Security Brief: Cyberattack on Federal Contractor, Virgin Galactic Crash Update, and Threat Information Sharing

- More details have emerged surrounding a cyberattack on the government's largest security clearance contractor, USIS. The National Transportation Safety Board has discovered critical clues surrounding the investigation of the crash of the Virgin Galactic tourism space shuttle. And the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has created a framework to facilitate cyberthreat information sharing among financial institutions.

Financial Fraud in Lithuania

- The mechanics of telephone fraud are simple. It starts when an unsuspecting bank’s customer receives a telephone call from someone who introduces himself as a police investigator.

Morning Security Brief: Russians Invade Ukraine, Backoff Malware Threatens Retailers, U.S. Banks Hacked

- The Ukrainian president is calling a U.N. Security Council meeting after Russian troops invaded Ukraine. The Secret Service and a security council have warned retailers about Backoff malware, which steals payment data. And JPMorgan and other large U.S. banks have been hacked.

Morning Security Brief: U.S. Offers Ukraine $1 Billion; ATMs Face Major Security Risk; GAO Report on Electronic Health Records

- The U.S. offers $1 billion in subsidies to Ukraine and prepares sanctions against Russia; a majority of bank ATMs in the United States face major cyber risks as the Windows XP operating system loses tech support; and a GAO report says the government needs to move on plans to maintain separate but interoperable electronic health records systems.

Visa Discusses Efforts to Prevent Fraudulent Transactions

- In a world where consumers regularly use mobile devices to make purchases and take advantage of online banking options, financial institutions are working harder than ever to verify cardholder identities and prevent fraudulent transactions, said Visa, Inc., Head of Risk and Authentication Products Mark Nelsen, speaking on a panel at the Visa Global Security Summit 2013 in Washington, D.C. last week.

Data Brokers

- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent warning letters to 10 data brokers after an investigation indicated that they might be willing to sell personal information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Third Edition

- John Madinger, who has extensive experience as an IRS criminal investigator, has written an outstanding introduction to the complex world of money laundering. It includes interesting sections on the history of money and of money laundering along with other forms of financial crime.

Top 10 Performing Security Industry Stocks for February


Top 10 Performing Security Industry Stocks for January


Banking on Technology

- Two financial institutions used technology to improve the security of their systems and their customers’ financial assets.

Top 10 Performing Security Industry Stocks for December


Top 10 Performing Security Industry Stocks for October


Digging for Disclosure: Tactics for Protecting Your Firm’s Assets from Swindlers, Scammers, and Imposters

- The authors have written a most interesting and useful book with a fresh look at an old problem.

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