What are Bug Bounties?

A bug bounty refers to the reward a bad-guy hacker gets upon discovering a vulnerability, weakness or flaw in a company’s system.This is akin to giving a reward to a burglar for pointing out weaknesses in your home’s security.But whom better to ask than a burglar, right? Same with a company’s computer systems: The best expert may be the black hat or better, white hat hacker....more

Meet the FBI's most wanted Hackers

Want to earn up to $4.2 million? Then find the hackers on the FBI’s most wanted list. Or at least give the FBI information leading to their arrest and/or conviction. These snakes have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars. Here is the list from the hackernews.com:Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev (reward: $3 million)...more

Visual Hacking is High Tech Shoulder Surfing

A visual hacker can infiltrate you—from the outside in. Quite literally, a person (ranging from a snoop to a cyber criminal) can peer over your shoulder while you’re using your computer or mobile (“shoulder surfing” or “visual hacking”), and collect your personal information—whatever you have up on the screen....more

Are All Hackers Bad?

The word hacker has a pretty negative connotation. It brings to mind other words like cybercriminal, thief, and malicious. It’s easy to see why hacker has a bad rep. The news is full of stories about hackers stealing data from large companies and the government. Hackers are the bad guys.But are they?...more

How To Stop Criminal Hackers In Their Tracks

Do you offer free WiFi? Put these three safeguards in place to protect your customers and your business....more

Is That Portable Device a Data Hazard?

According to a survey of London and New York City taxi companies last year revealed that more than 12,500 devices, such as laptops, iPods and memory sticks, are forgotten in taxis every six months. Portable devices that may have troves of sensitive data....more

The $6.75 Million Dollar Laptop

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Dan Yost Chief Technology Officer of MyLaptopGPS brought attention to the Ponemon Institute, with sponsorship from PGP, has released their “Fifth Annual U.S. Cost of Data Breach Study.” As usual, the report is a treasure trove of great data (just like most people’s laptops are)....more

Is Chip and PIN the Future?

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Chip and PIN is the name of a government-backed initiative in the United Kingdom to implement the EMV standard for secure payments....more

The State of Information Security Sucks

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert The sheer volume of potential targets coupled with the vast amounts of money to be made has captured the attention of the global criminal hacking community....more

Fostering Awareness & Improving Security Education

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Financial institutions have the most to lose and the most to gain by improving security education of their clients and employees. A while back  I appeared on a local TV show talking about phishing. Amazingly, still, not everyone knows what phishing is. A good friend saw the show and was shocked by what she learned….about her bank....more