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E-commerce Fraud: The Latest Criminal Schemes

E-commerce fraud costs retailers approximately $4 billion each year, according to the most recent results of an annual survey conducted by Cybersource, a provider of electronic payment and risk management services. Sebbe Jones, manager of fraud and disputes at 2Checkout, is in the business of keeping e-commerce fraud at bay.



EyeWonder malware incident affects popular web site

During the last couple of hours, visitors of popular and high trafficked web sites such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, Gamespot, WorldOfWarcraft, Mashable,,, AndroidCommunity; Engadget and, started reporting that parts of the web sites are unreachable due to malware warnings appearing through the EyeWonder interactive digital advertising provider.

Is my smart card still secure after years of use?

Smart cards remain secure no matter how long they are used. The computer inside a smart card can secure information stored inside, limit access only to authorized parties and encrypt (scramble) its communications with other devices. If the smart card computer fails, the information stored in it remains safe because it can no longer be accessed. Smart cards are designed to work for years. Electronic passports for example, which include a secure contactless smart card inside, are issued for a useful life of ten years in the United States.

Cybersecurity Act would give president power to “shut down” Internet

A recently proposed but little-noticed Senate bill would allow the federal government to shut down the Internet in times of declared emergency, and enables unprecedented federal oversight of private network administration.

The bill's draft states that "the president may order a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic" and would give the government ongoing access to "all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure) networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access."


What is a smart card?

A smart card is credit card-sized piece of plastic that contains a small computer, or microprocessor, and its own data storage, processing power and software.  Smart cards provide data portability, security and convenience and can be used for many different applications.  

Today, smart card technology is not just used in the shape of a card either.  Sometimes it is inside something else, like a USB token, passport or cell phone.  In the United States, applications for smart card technology include:
**U.S. electronic passports


The Conficker Worm: April Fool’s Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?

The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1, and the unanswered question is: Will it prove to be the world's biggest April Fool's joke or is it the information age equivalent of Herman Kahn's legendary 1962 treatise about nuclear war, "Thinking About the Unthinkable"?

Conficker is a program that is spread by exploiting several weaknesses in Microsoft's Windows operating system.


Why Web Security Matters to Us All

For the past several months, some of the sharpest minds in the security community have teamed up to block cyber criminals from wresting control over what may be one of the largest armies of hacked computers ever built. While those efforts are ongoing and so far appear effective, all of that work could be undone thanks to the lax security of a single Web site.


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