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Report: Strategic data analytics can reduce shrinkage

Strategic data analytics can reduce shrinkage for retailers, restaurants and manufacturing companies by helping loss prevention pros use early warning indicators to stop problems before they start

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Office complex implants RFID chips in employees' hands

A Swedish high-tech office complex has been offering RFID chip implants to employees of corporate tenants to access security doors, use photocopiers and even pay for food in the cafeteria.

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Anthem confirms data breach, but full extent remains unknown

Anthem, the nation's second largest health insurance provider, confirmed that outsiders were able to compromise an unknown number of records, including complete profiles for individuals.

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Deconstructing an IRS Phishing scam

Taxes. Avoiding them is illegal, and paying them is painful. Criminals know the type of stress the IRS can cause a taxpayer. They also know that most will immediately pay attention to something from the IRS. Perhaps not out of fear,...

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Thousands of U.S. gas stations exposed to Internet attacks

Over 5,000 tank gauges that are used to monitor fuel levels and potential spills are accessible from the Internet without a password

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This tool may make it easier for thieves to empty bank accounts

FraudFox is designed to spoof a browser fingerprint, an advanced method for tracking users

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26 of the craziest and scariest things the TSA has found on travelers

Sickles, grenades, blasting machines and cannon barrels just a few items in your fellow travelers carry-ons.

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The magic of Disney MagicBands

Disney has turned boring physical security into convenience, better service, and an actual revenue stream…

Firmware flaws could allow a malicious reflash, US CERT warns

Three vendors have released fixes for vulnerabilities found in the critical firmware used during a computer's startup, according to an advisory from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

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Police suspect fraud took most of Mt. Gox's missing bitcoins

Japanese police believe only 1 percent of some 650,000 bitcoins was taken by hackers, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper

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FBI memo warns of malware possibly linked to hack at Sony Pictures

A Flash Alert issued by the FBI on Monday is warning those within its distribution circle about a type of malware that has the ability to destroy any system it infects. Those who have seen the memo, including the group where it was...

Siemens patches critical SCADA flaws likely exploited in recent attacks

The vulnerabilities allow remote attackers to extract files from WinCC SCADA servers and execute arbitrary code on them

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Hackers suggest they had physical access during attack on Sony Pictures

On Monday, Sony Pictures was forced to disable their corporate network after attackers hijacked employee workstations in order to threaten the entertainment giant. Now, new information suggests those responsible had physical access to...

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10 point smartcard checklist for merchants

Just about a year from now, retail merchants who currently accept only magnetic stripe payment cards will have to start accepting chip-based smart cards as well.

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12 security problems that EMV and tokenization won't solve

On November 1 of next year, merchants that aren't ready to accept chip-based cards instead of the current magnetic-stripe cards will become liable for fraudulent transactions that today are covered by the credit card companies.

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Scammers move from Ebola phishing to fundraising

Scammers routinely try to take advantage of humanitarian disasters to get people to open phishing emails, or to donate money to fake organizations. This month, they combined the two approaches, sending out approximately 700,000 spam...

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After this judge's ruling, do you finally see value in passwords?

Judge rules authorities can use your fingerprint to unlock your smartphone. What that means for authentication and the future of passwords.

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Cost of retail crime skyrockets nearly 30 percent

Higher proportions of employee theft and shoplifting as a share of all retail losses, combined with higher spending on loss prevention, resulted in a 27 percent increase of the cost of retail crime in the United States, according to...

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