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Morning Security Brief: Mirage Malware, Cloud Security Alliance, Syria Conflict, and More

- Phishing campaigns target natural resource companies. Cloud Security Alliance to issue new reports. Syria accuses Gulf countries of supporting regional instability. And more.

Two Romanians Plead Guilty to Hacking Subway, other Stores

- Two Romanian men have pled guilty to participating in a multimillion dollar scheme to steal payment card data from hundreds of Subway restaurants and other merchants, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

EU Launches Permanent Computer Emergency Response Team

- The group is comprised of IT security professionals from institutions including the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council, the European Parliament, and the European Network and Information Security Agency.

U.S. Groups Back Strong E.U. Privacy Proposal

- Twenty-two U.S. privacy and consumer groups have written a letter to the European Parliament supporting a strong new European Union data protection law.

Continuity Program Buy-in

- Those charged with continuity planning can get support from senior management by developing metrics and demonstrating value to the bottom line.

Second Sony Hacker Arrested

- A second member of the hacking group LulzSec has been arrested for a 2011 intrusion of Sony Pictures’ computer systems.

Twitter Appeals Ruling on Providing Protester’s Information

- Twitter earlier this week appealed a judge’s order requiring the company to turn over tweets and other information of an Occupy Wall Street protester.

From the Archive: The Potential Dangers of Online Contributions

- Cybersecurity experts in 2008 warned that phishers' next target could be online political contributions.

Data Theft

- An employee granted unrestricted access to his employer’s computer network cannot be found guilty under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) if he later steals information from his employer, another district court has ruled. The decision agrees with the Ninth Circuit but conflicts with the Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh circuits.

Case Study

- Carnegie Mellon University is thwarting phishing attacks with a software program that teaches members of the campus community how to spot suspicious e-mails.

Continuity Program Buy-in

- Those charged with continuity planning can get support from senior management by developing metrics and demonstrating value to the bottom line.

Social Media and Criminal Organizations

- In the social media world, individuals are encouraged to readily serve up personal data about where they are, who they are with, and when. But cartel members who use Facebook or similar social sites, for target selection can easily exploit this information to establish behavior patterns. (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)

Court Rules Video Privacy Act Applies Online

- A Northern California court has ruled that the Video Privacy Protection Act, passed in 1988, applies to online streaming video companies just as it has to older brick-and-mortar video stores.
 




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