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Data breaches are up internationally, as the Office of Data Protection in Ireland reports a 125% increase in complaints filed in Great Britain under the Privacy in Electronics Regulations over the last two years. The report, straight from the Data Protection Commissioner’s office, also reviewed additional information on audits that have been carried out on the INFOSYS database, a national data breach notification system run by the Department of Social Protection. The final report showed similar trends across a broad range of electronic intrusions, marking the largest twelve month increase in complaints on record.
As we discussed last week, the Scripps Howard News Service reported that low income phone service providers TerraCom Inc. YourTel America Inc. were responsible for a security breach that left over 150,000 customer record exposed to electronic theft. In a surprising twist, Terracom has issued a press statement claiming that individuals within Scripps News used “sophisticated computer techniques” to intentionally hack into their systems and view non-public information, an astounding and unprecedented counter-accusation. Terracom has accepted responsibility for the breach and is repairing the damage, while Scripps representatives have issued a flat denial of any wrongdoing. More details as they emerge.
Oracle has announced that a critical Java patch is arriving on June 18th, dovetailing with their existing once-every-four-months update cycle. This patch looks to be much bigger than normal, with at least 40 potential security holes being closed in the dated software platform. Not all the details have been released on what, specifically, this patch is addressing. As a result, some insiders believe that Oracle may have discovered a handful of zero day exploits that have, so far, remained dormant. Either way, be sure to download and install the patch this Tuesday morning – it sounds important.
US corporate security company Blue Coat Systems announced last month that it will acquire Solera Networks, a Utah-based analytic enterprise that specializes in security intelligence and big data security. The primary focus of the buyout was acquisition of the DeepSea platform, a comprehensive data forensic tool developed and improved by Solera over the last several years. Together, the two companies serve over 15,000 clients, including 85% of the companies listed on the Global Fortune 500 list. While not yet officially announced, the market is confident that a Blue Coat security package incorporating DeepSea functionality is on the way, one that will offer robust real-time attack tracking unlike anything presently available.
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