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April 2015

Credit card terminals have used same password since 1990s, claim researchers

While retailers battle breaches that have resulted in tens of millions of credit card numbers stolen, word comes from the RSA Conference in San Francisco that a major vendor of payment terminals has been shipping devices for over two decades with the same default password. The vendor wasn’t named by the researchers, David Byrne and Charles Henderson, but they did disclose the password: 166816. A Google search reveals that’s the …Read More

Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation. The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department’s unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message …Read More

eIDAS Private Sector Engagement High Level Event – Boosting on-line trust and convenience: the business view

How important are trust and convenience for your business to go digital? How can they be enablers to unlock your business potential? This event addresses these and more questions by showcasing the latest technologies and business developments across sectors and countries in Europe. The event will bring together top-level decision makers to share experiences, business cases and good practices to learn how to best leverage the opportunities of trust services …Read More

RSA Conference 2015 Opens Today in San Francisco

RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, kicked off its annual show today at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to an expected record breaking attendance. Taking place April 20 to April 24, RSA Conference 2015 brings together the top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. This year’s Conference includes a notable lineup of …Read More

Massachusetts police forced to pay ransom for encrypted data

Tewksbury police handed over a $500 ransom to unknown hackers in order to have the department’s encrypted data returned to them. In December, the police chief called in a technician after having difficulty opening arrest and incident records, according to WHDH. “My initial thoughts were we were infected by some sort of a virus,” Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan told the Boston Globe. “Then we determined it was a little …Read More

The NSA wants tech companies to give it ‘front door’ access to encrypted data

The National Security Agency is embroiled in a battle with tech companies over access to encrypted data that would allow it to spy (more easily) on millions of Americans and international citizens. Last month, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple urged the Obama administration to put an end to the NSA’s bulk collection of metadata. The NSA, on the other hand, continues to parade the idea that the government needs …Read More

Smart Card Market in Europe 2015-2019

A smart card is a pocket-sized card, generally made of plastic, and is embedded with integrated circuits, also known as microchips. Smart cards are used for security purposes for authentication, identification, data storage, and application processing. They are widely used in sectors such as BFSI, Government, Transportation, Healthcare, and Defense. These cards are broadly classified into two types: contact-based and contactless. Contact-based smart cards have a contact area of approximately …Read More

Europol chief warns on computer encryption

A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism. Hidden areas of the internet and encrypted communications make it harder to monitor terror suspects, warns Europol’s Rob Wainwright. Tech firms should consider the impact sophisticated encryption software has on law enforcement, he said. Mr Wainwright was talking to 5 Live Investigates. A spokesman for TechUK, the UK’s technology trade association, said: …Read More

Hungarian Government to introduce electronic ID cards

The Hungarian government is planning to replace current identity cards with electronic ID cards that would enable carriers to do fingerprint identification and use electronic signatures, Hungarian economic daily Napi Gazdaság reported today. The government justified the need for a new ID system as the “e-card” they are proposing would make everyday life easier for Hungarians. One single card could store all the data a Hungarian would need to manage …Read More