Personal Cybersecurity #27: Daily news

What you need to know for your personal cyber security life… 

Number twenty-seven in a series of semi-regular daily current and topical computer threats that may affect your online, or even offline, digital and real life. Why cyber-security on SurvivalRing? Because EVERYTHING you do in your life everyday now is a part of the cyber world…even your offline plans. So, be aware, and pay attention. The bad guys WILL eventually get around to YOU…personally…so be prepared for it, by staying in the informational loop.  

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HEADLINES…for this issue…

  • Sources: Credit Card Breach at California DMV
  • Documentary to be filmed on the life of the last original Navajo Code Talkers, Chester Nez
  • Bad Decisions Made Faster: How Qualitative Security Risk Assessments Are Making Things Worse
  • Poland’s military strikes new deal to bolster cybersecurity, starting with cryptography

Sources: Credit Card Breach at California DMV

The California Department of Motor Vehicles appears to have suffered a wide-ranging credit card data breach involving online payments for DMV-related services, according to banks in California and elsewhere that received alerts this week about compromised cards that all had been previously used online at the California DMV.

The alert, sent privately by MasterCard to financial institutions this week, did not name the breached entity but said the organization in question experienced a “card-not-present” breach — industry speak for transactions conducted online. The alert further stated that the date range of the potentially compromised transactions extended from Aug. 2, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014, and that the data stolen included the card number, expiration date, and three-digit security code printed on the back of cards.

Five different financial institutions contacted by this publication — including two mid-sized banks in California — confirmed receipt of the MasterCard notice, and said that all of the cards MasterCard alerted them about as compromised had been used for charges bearing the notation “STATE OF CALIF DMV INT”.

A representative from MasterCard, speaking on background, confirmed sending out an alert this week. According to bank sources, Visa has not sent out a similar alert. A Visa spokesperson said “Visa cannot comment on potential third party data compromises or ongoing investigations.”


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Documentary to be filmed on the life of the last original Navajo Code Talkers, Chester Nez

  • By William Knowles
  • Senior Editor
  • InfoSec News
  • March 24, 2013

Chester Nez, the last surviving member of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, will be the subject of filmmaker David DeJonge’s upcoming 30-minute documentary.

“Chester is the last link from the Navajo people who forged a secret code that helped win the Second World War. Their code led to the training of 400+ additional Navajo code talkers. To record his story in first hand is critical to American and military history.” DeJonge said.

DeJonge who is well known for his work with the last WWI veteran Frank Buckles, and also his documentary “Pershing’s Last Patriot”, began producing the documentary on Nez after a visit to Gallup, New Mexico. Nez served with the United States Marines in the Pacific and helped defeat the Japanese by creating a code, using the Navajo language, that was never broken.

Sent to a boarding school as a child, Nez and other Navajo children were discouraged from speaking their native language and instructed to only use English, but that didn’t stop them from whispering Navajo to each other in secret. In 1942, Navajo were recruited from boarding schools to join the Marines and use their unique skills to develop an unbreakable code to pass messages. The film will tell Nez’s story from childhood through today.


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Bad Decisions Made Faster: How Qualitative Security Risk Assessments Are Making Things Worse

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Poland’s military strikes new deal to bolster cybersecurity, starting with cryptography

  • By Michiel van Blommestein
  • Central European Processing
  • ZDNet News
  • March 21, 2014

With the turmoil in neighbouring Ukraine, the timing of a new deal between the Polish ministry of defence and three of the country’s universities to boost cybersecurity seems hardly likely to be a coincidence.

After an earlier deal under with the Polish defence ministry which saw new cybersecurity courses scheduled for the next academic year at the Military University of Technology, the Polish military on Thursday signed a new agreement with three regular universities.

The agreement will bring in research collaborations in the areas of mathematical and information technology with the University of Warsaw, the Technical University of Warsaw, and the Technical University of Wroclaw. The military is especially keen on bolstering the numbers of the country’s — and its own — mathematicians, IT experts and programmers and supporting their work.

The deal will see the newly-minted cryptography and cyberwarfare branch of the Polish military, known as the National Cryptology Center, working with the civilian instituions in the hope of arming itself with the technical knowledge necessary for online offence.


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Updated: March 25, 2014 — 6:14 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

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