Monthly Archives: September 2012

Tail Wagging the Dog: PCI Security Standards Council Issues Guidance for Mobile Payment Industry

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is unveiling a set of best practices for mobile payment acceptance security. The standards, announced Sept. 13, follow predictions by analysts that the global mobile payment market will continue to grow. According to … Continue reading

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Why Everyone (Not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data

The amount of data and our ability of process it and access it are all exploding. Social networks, mobile phones, and environmental sensors collect ever more data. Meanwhile, new technologies make it possible to store and analyze these increasingly large … Continue reading

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Democratic senators call for ‘cybersecurity’ executive order

Two Democratic senators are urging President Obama to direct his administration to publish “advisory” guidelines through an executive order on cybersecurity. In a letter (PDF) sent to the White House today, Delaware’s Christopher Coons and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal say it’s … Continue reading

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Microsoft Urges Users to Patch Internet Explorer Flaw

Microsoft is urging users of its Internet Explorer Web browser to download a temporary patch to prevent hackers from possibly taking control of their PCs. The company posted a security advisory late in the day Sept. 17 advising users to … Continue reading

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Sniffing open WiFi networks is not wiretapping, judge says

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that intercepting traffic on unencrypted WiFi networks is not wiretapping. The decision runs counter to a 2011 decision that suggested Google may have violated the law when its Street View cars intercepted fragments … Continue reading

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