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BP Employee Loses Laptop With Data on 13,000 Oil Spill Claimants

The personal information of 13,000 individuals who had filed compensation claims with BP after last years disastrous oil spill may have been potentially compromised.

McAfee to Buy Database Security Vendor Sentrigo

Intel's McAfee unit is the latest major security vendor to move to buy a maker of tools to protect databases.

Hadoop Goes Mainstream for Big BI Tasks

Companies seeking to glean insights from terabytes or even petabytes of data are turning to open-source Hadoop software to do the job.

RSA Security Breach Demands Caution

RSA SecurID partners seeking answers about warning of compromised devices.

Obama Administration Calls for New Privacy Law

The Obama Administration is backing a new data privacy bill of rights aimed at protecting consumers against indiscriminate online tracking and data collection...

Japan Quake Shows Tsunami Warnings are Faster and More Accurate

As the deadly tsunami generated by Friday's massive earthquake off the coast of Japan headed toward the United States, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Tsunami Research tracked its progress in real-time.

VeriFone Seeks Recall of Square Credit Card Readers

VeriFone today released an open letter charging that the free Square payment card reader could poses potential serious security problems for consumers

Feds Seek Systems for Covert Body Scans, Documents Show

Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request show that Homeland Security has signed contracts for mobile systems that may scan pedestrians without their knowledge.

RSA: Act Now on Cyberwar, Security Experts Caution

The time has arrived for the U.S. to develop a strategic plan for dealing with threats against critical infrastructure.

Virtualization is Key to Cloud Security

In a keynote address at the RSA Security Conference, RSA chief Art Coviello struck an optimistic tone about the future of security in cloud computing.

Visa Excludes U.S. Merchants to Spur Secure Card Adoption

Visa has excluded U.S. businesses from a worldwide program that encourages merchants to deploy more secure payment terminals.

Low Security Awareness Found Across IT

A broad spectrum of IT people, including those close to security functions, appear to have little awareness of key security issues.

Vendors Tap Into Cloud Security Concerns With New Encryption Tools

Security vendors are rolling out new technologies designed to let companies take advantage of cloud computing environments without exposing sensitive data...

Senators Propose Bill to Protect Airport Body Scan Images

Two U.S. Senators today proposed a law that would prohibit the distribution or photographing of body images created by TSA scanners in airports.

Duo Scrapes 1M Facebook Profiles to Create Mock 'Dating' Site

Facebook is threatening to take legal action against the creators of an online "dating" site that features 250,000 Facebook profiles.