Christmas-Kids and Hackers Love This Time of Year

December 06, 2013
When people think of Christmas, most of them imagine family gatherings and good times. We often forget that from the end of Thanksgiving to the beginning of the year, the U.S. spends billions of additional dollars on merchandise that otherwise would have stayed on the shelves. We sometimes forget that hackers love this season as well.

Thieves Tried to Steal Credit Cards from Nordstrom

October 18, 2013
The department store giant garnered unwanted attention earlier this month when they announced that a Florida store fell victim to a team of thieves who attached extremely small devices called key loggers in line with their keyboards where they plug into the registers.

PCI 3.0 Is Coming - Are You Ready?

October 04, 2013
Every 3 years the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI) is updated to a new version. The time for the next release is right around the corner. Are you Ready?

Can Your Point of Sale Be Compliant after the End of Microsoft XP?

September 13, 2013
From a PCI compliance standpoint, merchants using Windows XP will have problems maintaining compliance because they cannot keep their operating systems patched to protect themselves from the latest vulnerabilities. On the flip side, there are many Point of Sale (POS) software packages that have only been validated using Windows XP, and if another operating system is used instead, it will violate the official implementation guide (and thus fall out of compliance). Our customers have been asking us for guidance, so we did a little research.

Does Your Call for Help Bring Hackers to Your Door?

July 19, 2013
There is a new trend facing people who rely on help desks. Hackers are targeting help desks because they know that the people who provide you support have the access into your systems that they want to exploit.

Balancing Privacy and Security

May 31, 2013
In the wake of the most recent terrorist bombing in Boston, it is easy to understand why some people would be willing to sacrifice a few liberties to the government in favor of more security. A common train of thought is that an honest person does not have anything to hide, so the intrusion into our private lives is really a minor thing. In a Utopian society, I would tend to agree with that sentiment, but we live somewhere else.

Square Cash - A Money Transfer Game Changer?

May 24, 2013
Square strives to make financial transactions simple enough so that the average person on the street can participate. Before Square, a regular person without a bank supplied merchant account could not take credit cards. Today, Square allows everyone with a smart phone to accept credit cards, and now the company is focusing on another market – person to person cash payments.

Internet Explorer 8 - People Still Love It, But There’s a Problem

April 26, 2013
This type of issue with a browser is so damaging because computer hackers who take advantage of it, can execute malicious code on the affected machines without the user needing to download anything or without any indication that the machine has been compromised. All a user has to do to be infected is to go to a website that has a malicious script embedded on it, and viola you have been hacked!

Hackers May Just Look to Embarrass You

March 29, 2013
When you think about electronic security, what comes to mind? Do you consider how vulnerable your customer credit cards are, or how easily someone can break into your on-line bank account? These are the most profitable avenues of attack that thieves usually focus on, but occasionally, cybercriminals are motivated by something besides greed.

Universal Plug and Play - New Report on an Old Problem

February 22, 2013
In the dark ages of personal computers (1980′s and 90′s), you either needed to be a computer geek or have access to one if you wanted any device to work with your computer. You had to go through a complicated driver installation process, and possibly replace system files. My how the world has changed.

Do Hackers Fear U.S. Jails?

January 18, 2013
In what should only be considered a victory for the U.S. DOJ, 2 of the 4 alleged Subway hackers responsible for potentially $10 Million dollars in computer fraud have been sentenced, and 1 of the remaining criminal’s trial is set to begin shortly.