Swartz Suicide Shines Light on Federal Anti-Hacking Law
By: Jaikumar Vijayan

The suicide of Internet activist and pioneer Aaron Swartz has focused attention on what some activists say is the overzealous use of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) anti-hacking statute. Swartz, 26, hanged himself last …US Government Warns of Serious Hacking Risk for Java Software Users
National Post
BY: Jim Finkle

Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites. We are …

Federal Agency Loses Data on 583000 Canadians

HRSDC Minister Diane Finley says employees who fail to obey new data security policies could face dismissal. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press). “I have requested that HRSDC employees across Canada receive comprehensive communications on the …

Jackson Health Bans Cell Phones for Volunteers After Data Breach

By: Karen Cheung-Larivee

Following the data breach, disclosed in November, Jackson Health tightened security and issued a system-wide policy that prohibited volunteers from using cell phones in patient areas. Jackson Health’s President and CEO Carlos Migoya said the health …

Global Payments Breach Tab: $94 Million

Global Payments Breach Tab: $94 Million. Global Payments Inc. says the data breach it revealed in April 2012 has cost the company $93.9 million. In a Jan. 8 quarterly report, the Atlanta-based payments processor says expenses associated with the breach …

Europe to Consider Creating Data Protection Regulator
New York Times
By: Kevin J. O’Brien

BERLIN – As the European Parliament prepares to overhaul the Continent’s data protection laws, one legislator introduced a bill Wednesday that would create a new agency to enforce a series of measures giving Internet users greater control of their …

US Tech Firms Facing Stronger European Data Protection Measures
New York Times 
By: Natasha Singer

Over the last year, representatives of the United States government and American technology companies have repeatedly traveled to Brussels and Strasbourg in the hopes of containing an effort by the European Commission to strengthen data protection …

HIPAA Healthcare Data Breach Fines Climb With Enforcement Boost
By: Robert Westervelt

Millions of dollars in fines associated with alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act have been doled out over the last six months, a sign, according to experts, that HIPAA enforcement is shedding light on the fact …

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