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  • Potential data security law causes concern

    Experts say any attempt by Congress to prescribe data security procedures in legislation would be a disaster. But a standard for the disclosure of data breaches is sorely needed. 

  • AT&T breach affects 19,000 customers

    Online outlaws hacked into an AT&T computer system and stole credit card data on thousands of customers. AT&T has offered to pay for credit monitoring services for those affected. 

  • Security Bytes: Mitnick's Web site hacked

    In other news, a Trojan horse spreads using fake messages from an anti-child pornography group and data is stolen from a Nashville-based hospital chain. 

  • AOL data spill leads to dismissals, resignation

    AOL has fired two employees and its CTO has left the company after search data from 658,000 customers was accidentally exposed earlier this month. 

  • Transportation department data theft involves 133,000 records

    A Department of Transportation computer housing sensitive information on 133,000 drivers and pilots was stolen from a government vehicle last month. 

  • AOL apologizes for exposing search data

    A spokesman for the ISP-turned-portal says the release of keyword search information from about 658,000 anonymous AOL users was a "screw up" that was based on good intentions. 

  • VA desktop PC stolen, 36,000 could be at risk

    Update: The incident marks the second time in less than three months that a VA device with sensitive information has been compromised. One expert blames the systematic problem of too much internal trust. 

  • Security Bytes: CA fixes eTrust Antivirus flaws

    Meanwhile: Online thieves steal $700,000 from personal accounts, researchers expose e-passport vulnerability; and arrests are made in the VA security breach case. 

  • Security Blog Log: Was the analyst a VA scapegoat?

    A scathing report on May's massive Veterans Affairs data theft causes some to ask who deserves the most blame: the analyst or his supervisors? 

  • Security Bytes: Investigators slam VA over data breach

    Meanwhile: Cisco patches a router application flaw, a Washington law firm sues IBM over a server attack; and spammers sucker Web surfers with fake Vladimir Putin death reports.