Androids leaking bank account logins and private data
Hey, Android users: You may want to think twice before making those money transfers, posting embarrassing social updates, or taking naughty pics. A group has created a fake Wi-Fi hotspot and attack tool to spy on data being sent via Android apps, successfully capturing bank account logins, disabling security programs, and injecting codes into the data streams of popular apps used by millions. Fortunately, the group was just a bunch of researchers investigating security systems. But the results proved startling and are going viral on the Web. They showed nearly 8 percent of the apps tested (the most used ones in the Google Play store) had poor scrambling systems that couldn't prevent "man-in-the-middle" attacks and leaked private data. [Source][msnNOW.com]
Southwest Data Protection opens its new records management division called Southwest Records Management.
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Greg LeFrancis, General Manager, (702) 643-4782 April 2, 2012
Southwest Records Management, a subsidiary of Southwest Data Protection, Inc. has opened a new state-of –the-art records storage center.
Las Vegas, NV – April 2, 2012 – Southwest Data Protection, a very successful off-site data protection firm headquartered in Las Vegas, has opened Southwest Records Management, a subsidiary, for the storage of different types of business files and medical records to media and microfiche needing specialized protection. This New separate records facility will aide area firms to reduce valuable and expensive office space now being consumed by old records that have to be stored for compliance. Southwest Records Management meets all document management needs with a variety of solutions utilizing industry leading records management software. Finding files and boxes you need quickly can be a painstaking process. With our on line records management portal, the secure gateway will enable customers to find files or boxes without any difficulty for quick retrieval.
By storing an organization's records off-site in a state-of-the-art secure facility, firms can recover valuable office space and at the same time be in compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes Oxley and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Southwest Records Management offers:
Secure Document Destruction
Southwest Records Management understands that a secure facility, commitment to quality and exceptional customer service is the key to a long-term partnership with our customers. Interested firms and for more information, contact Greg LeFrancis at (702) 643-4782 and visit our website at www.southwestrm.com.
IBM, Iron Mountan - Four backup tapes containing personal information for about 800,000 adults and children in California discovered missing.
California Says IBM, Iron Mountain Lost State Agency Data
By Jordan Robertson on March 29, 2012
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) (IBM) and Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM) (IRM) lost track of storage devices with data from the California Department of Child Support Services involving more than 800,000 people, the state said.
The information included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, heath-insurance providers and other data, California said today in a statement. The state said it learned of the missing storage devices on March 12.
The loss or theft of computers and storage devices is a common way data breaches happen. Since 2005, there have been 837 breaches affecting almost 169 million records involving lost, discarded or stolen laptops, smartphones and various portable data-storage devices, according to a database of publicly disclosed breaches maintained by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
Four backup tapes were discovered missing after being transported from an IBM facility in Colorado to California following a routine disaster-recovery exercise, according to Christine Lally, assistant secretary for legislation and communications with the California Technology Agency. The tapes are believed to have fallen out of an improperly secured shipping container while in transit, she said in an interview.
“Because the devices are in a specialized format, we have no reason to believe, at this time, that the data have been accessed or utilized in any way,” Kathleen Hrepich, interim director of California’s Department of Child Support Services, said in the statement. “Additionally, this incident will have no impact on the processing of child support cases.”
Jeff Tieszen, a spokesman for Armonk, New York-based IBM, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Christian Potts, a spokesman for Boston-based Iron Mountain, did not immediately return an after-hours call and e-mail.
California has set up a website with more information about the breach and recommendations for setting up fraud alerts and other protective measures.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at
Southwest Data Protections Awards in 2011
Southwest Data Protections Awards in 2011