The Social Security Administration sold the information in a database of deceased individuals that erroneous contained the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, full names and ZIP codes of living people, the inspector general reports.
Gigi Hyland, board member of the National Credit Union Administration, says the latest draft of authentication guidance is awaiting final signoff from just one member agency of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.
It's been over three months since the accidental disclosure. When will the final FFIEC authentication update be released? "I don't think we're any less safe," says Gartner's Avivah Litan. "We just need to step up enforcements."
Heartland Payment Systems hacker Albert Gonzalez seeks to overturn his conviction and 20-year sentence, a record for a computer breach, maintaining he committed his crimes with the knowledge of his Secret Service handlers.
Experts say banks and retailers are doing all they can to control concerns in the aftermath of the Epsilon e-mail breach, and a well-crafted e-mail fooled an RSA employee into opening a phish that led to a sophisticated attack on the company's information systems.
Most furloughed federal employees would have had to turn in their BlackBerries and other mobile devices in a U.S. government shutdown. Just as well, using the technology could have resulted in an employee landing in the slammer.