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The higher profits outweigh the cost of fraud.
Why Target-level data breaches will get worse before they get better. Neither retailers nor credit card companies have an incentive to protect consumers. Yay capitalism!

arstechnica:

How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331” http://ars.to/Zr5vdV

(this post was reblogged from arstechnica)

Credit cards ought to quit using ZIP codes for verification

Just watch as a gaggle of confused foreign tourists puzzle out how to buy subway tickets from a vending machine while they hold up a line of impatient New Yorkers. The “enter 5-digit ZIP code” request stumps’em every time. Psst, hey, security “experts,” not everyone in the world has a 5-digit ZIP code.

(this post was reblogged from infoneer-pulse)

Updates on previous entries for Jun 4, 2012*

jkottke:

The world’s worst password requirements list orig. from Jun 04, 2012

* Q: Wha? A: These previously published entries have been updated with new information in the last 24 hours. You can find past updates here.

This is exactly why all those guides that promise how easy it is to create secure passwords won’t work. Because you’re guaranteed to run into sites that require you to construct a password by their rules (which, of course, don’t fit any of these E-Z schemes), not yours.

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laughingsquid:

The Little White Box That Can Hack Your Network

It’s called the Pwn Plug and is made by the company Pwnie Express, which is significant because now we learn how to pronounce “pwn.”

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