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Hackers, Crooks and Thieves

Malicious software designed to snatch card data, insider trading on confidential information, hackers setting up phony accounts to divert millions...what do all these things have in common? Greed! L...

22 Jan 2009
Financial Supply Chain
Paul Penrose

Heartland Payment Systems' Obama moment

Heartland Payment Systems first began receiving fraudulent activity reports from the card schemes late last year indicating a possible breach in its defences. The company called the Secret Service and...

21 Jan 2009
Steve Ellis

A Poster Child for 419 victims

This Canadian news story has provided a human face - that of a John Rempel - for the people who fall prey to 419 phishing scams. Sadly his unbelievable gullibility (or is that stupidity) doesn't gene...

19 Jan 2009
Matt White

Data cleansing

Barely a week goes by without a data loss story making an appearance on Finextra. A good proportion of these involve staff stupidity so I wasn't particularly surprised when a press release made its wa...

19 Jan 2009
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updated - Nine million PCs compromised - it gets worse....

Downadup aka Conficker is a rather nasty worm which attacks a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The infection rate is going through the roof according to researchers at F-Secure. The figures are sob...

19 Jan 2009
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The top 25 most dangerous programming errors

It's always worth taking note of anything from the SANS institute so it was interesting to see their latest announcement. They've gathered consensus from experts in over 30 computer security organisat...

13 Jan 2009
Paul Penrose

What's your Twitter password?

Quality PR from Sophos. I couldn't put it better myself: IT security and control firm Sophos is calling on Twitter to enforce the use of strong passwords by its members following the recent publicatio...

08 Jan 2009
Finance 2.0
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Mastercard acquires Orbiscom - a validation ?

As the inventor of the PATENTED system (6931382 USPTO) that enables cardholders to set their own user limits for their real card accounts, this validates all the work I have done to design and create...

08 Jan 2009
Private Equity Investing in Financial Technology
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Identity, Authentication Will Be Important To Rebuild Trust

I'm actually on holidays and of course I come across those fingerprint biometric readers which are being fooled with special tape enabling travelers to perhaps use your identity along with your finger...

06 Jan 2009
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