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Senators Want Laws to Address Smartphone Data Privacy (May 19, 2011)
US legislators are calling for laws that protect smartphone users from having their location tracked. Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Consumer Protection that there needs to be legislation that gives consumers control of their location information on smartphones and personal data on the Internet. They also said that the smartphone app market needs to be regulated; because this particular sector of the market is expanding so rapidly, "many consumers do not understand the privacy implications of their actions." -http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-19/google-s-davidson-defends-company-s-use -of-mobile-location-data.html -http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216864/Senators_New_smartphone_tracking_ law_needed?taxonomyId=17 [Editor's Note (Pescatore): I really don't think new laws are needed, the FTC is doing a good job chasing this kind of stuff down. Increase the FTC funding to enforce existing regulations would be much better than more laws at the same time enforcement budgets are being cut. ]
Reitinger Confident His Team Will Successfully Implement Cybersecurity Plans at DHS (May 19, 2011)
Top DHS cyber security official Philip Reitinger will step down from his position as Deputy Undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate and Director of the National Cyber Security Center on June 3, 2011. In his time at DHS, Reitinger has been instrumental in nearly tripling agency cyber security staff. He is also responsible for helping create cyber security legislation that would give DHS increased authority, including oversight of cyber security at civilian federal agencies. Reitinger will testify at three hearings regarding the proposed legislation before his departure. He is confident that his team will implement plans. One name that has been cited as a potential successor to Reitinger is former Air Force CIO John Gilligan. -http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/162279-top-dhs-cyber-securit y-official-explains-departure -http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110519_5961.php?oref=topnews -http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/05/homeland-securitys-top-cyb ersecurity-official-resigns/239136/ [Editor's Note (Paller): Gilligan is a brilliant choice for leadership in cyber at DHS. No one else in government has shown that security can be radically improved while lowering costs - an absolute necessity in the coming era of tight budgets. If the White House and DHS choose a proven operational leader like Gilligan, they will be demonstrating that they believe cybersecurity is important enough to take action to make the government's internal cybersecurity a model of effectiveness for the critical infrastrucuture. ]
THE REST OF THE WEEK'S NEWS
Sony Treading Carefully After PSN Relaunch (May 18, 2011)
Suspended Sentence for Stealing Log-in Credentials (May 18, 2011)
UK university student Paul McLouglin received an eight-month suspended sentence for using a Trojan horse program to gain access to people's computers. McLouglin tricked users into downloading the malware by disguising it as a code-generation key for online gaming and making it available on a filesharing network. The Trojan, Istealer, harvests online account login credentials and uploads them to a remote server. Authorities say that McLouglin accessed at least 20 accounts through information he obtained with the malware. -http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/18/gaming_trojan_conviction/
SpyEye Targets Verizon Customers (May 18, 2011)
Users whose computers were infected with the SpyEye Trojan horse program may have exposed their personal information to attackers. The malware waits until users log into certain sites, in this case Verizon, then serves up a form asking for sensitive information such as Social security numbers (SSNs) and credit card data. Because users have already logged in to the site on their own, they are more likely to trust that the requests for information are legitimate. The attacks targeting Verizon customers occurred between May 7 and 13. -http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/05/19/6672216-verizon-wireless-customers -targeted-in-nearly-invisible-trojan-horse-scam
South Korean Financial Authority Will Penalize Hyundai Capital Over Breach (May 18, 2011)
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