26 Mar 2016

Stolen Credit Cards and the Black Market: How Dark Net Markets Thrive

I have been involved with several cases where organized crime rings have been unveiled, many of these have had connections to Russian and Eastern European groups. These groups generate a significant profit through stolen property acquired through burglaries, shoplifting, identity theft, credit card skimming and carding. Many underestimate the complexity

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24 Mar 2014

When Security Tools Cry Wolf

With the recent Target and Nieman Marcus breaches, we have seen that the attacks did not go without detection by the retailers’ security tools. However, both cases reveal a larger problem: With the rising number and complexity of security tools at our fingertips, sometimes everything looks like an alert so

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14 Jan 2014

How Target’s Point-of-Sale System May Have Been Hacked

Target has not revealed much regarding how their massive data breach occurred. To date they have disclosed the breach included 40 million credit cards and 70 million personal records. Target has only stated that the point-of-sale systems were compromised by malware.

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12 Jan 2014

Why the Target Breach Might Be Even Bigger: Big Data Means Big Breach

So, now Target has updated that the scope of the data breach as being much bigger than the original 40 million credit cards and now includes information on more than 70 million customers including address, email, phone numbers.

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20 Oct 2013

Tales From the Crypto: Case of the Malicious IT Contractor

Gather around the server script kiddies for I have a scary tale of woe. What makes this story all the more scary is that it is true. Years ago, late at night I was startled awake by the buzzing and alarms of my cell phone, as a series of SMS

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