Financial institutions are being warned that they may be getting phishing emails that appear to come from the Federal Reserve Bank. The FDIC issued a special alert on Thursday warning of fraudulent emails allegedly coming from the Fed. The email claims that a phishing attack has affected the Fedwire system and that...
It was only a question of time before one of the regulators stepped forward to tell its banking institutions to monitor the use of their federal funds. The FDIC this week drew its own line in the sand when it comes to monitoring how the bailout money will be accounted for at its banks.
An alleged bank robber gets away with nothing, and he's in jail awaiting trial. Not that I'd argue otherwise. Meanwhile, Madoff defrauds investors of billions, quite literally ruins businesses and lives ... and he hasn't even lost access to his premium movie channels.
As banking regulators emphasize the necessity of application security, a broad-based consortium now sheds new light on the most common vulnerabilities.
Experts from more than 30 U.S. and international cyber security organizations, including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security's...
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday issued a new report that sums up what many in the financial services industry have known for years - the regulatory system is in dire need of a makeover.
The GAO report, "A Framework for Crafting and Assessing Proposals to Modernize the Outdated U.S. Financial...
OK, for months now we've been saying (all right, I've been saying) that we all know regulatory reform is coming; it's just a matter of "what" and "when."
Well, "when" was Thursday, and "what" arrived in the form of a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), proposing a new framework for the...
A U.S. payment processing arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland, RBS WorldPay, says that its computer system was hacked in November and personal information on 1.5 million cardholders may have been affected. Only about 100 cardholders were directly affected by fraud, the company says in a public announcement about the...
I'm experiencing the New Year's phenomenon. That's what I call the very early part of each year when I struggle writing the correct date on things like checks, forms and the many other documents that require it.
Reported data breaches increased by nearly half in 2008, and 12 percent of the total hacks were at financial institutions - up from 7 percent in 2007.
This is the news from the Identity Theft Resource Center's (ITRC) 2008 breach report, which shows that 2008's 656 reported breaches were up 47 percent over 2007's...
Stupid robbery attempts are always funny, but when they happen in your backyard, well, they're even funnier.
A few weeks back, near my home in New Hampshire, a would-be robber held up a local Citizens Bank branch, and he attempted to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Regulatory compliance is the backbone of a financial institution's information security program. But compliance alone isn't enough, says John Pironti of ISACA's Education Board, who advises institutions to take a risk-based, not a "checklist-based" approach to security.
We've already discussed some of the biggest news and breaches of 2008. But what about some of the people who made the news?
Following is a look back at some of 2008's major newsmakers - and where they are today.
From Bear Stearns to IndyMac, Eliot Spitzer to Bernard Madoff, AIG to WaMu, BCP to TARP...2008 has been an historic year for banking institutions. And everybody from regulatory examiners to practitioners and service providers looks forward to closing the books on the old year and ringing in the new.
As we head into...
Failed banking institutions - the one number that continued to grow all year.
After a year in which only three banks closed (and none the two years prior), 2008 saw 25 banks and 15 credit unions shuttered. Following is a list of the 40 banking institutions that failed in 2008.
Looking ahead to 2009, banking/security guru Steve Katz quotes the ancient proverb: "May you live in interesting times."
With a new administration, new banking landscape and regulatory changes expected, we live in interesting times, indeed.