Thursday, 13 January 2011


Vodafone Australia Customer Details Sold to Criminals

Vodafone Australia may face a class action for breach of privacy after it confirmed that its customers' details may have been sold to criminals. Apparently, the company change user passwords only once a month with many people accessing the customer database.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia said that all customer information was stored on Vodafone's internal systems and accessed through a secure web portal. It was accessible to authorised employees and dealers via a secure log-in and password.

Responding to the allegation, a Vodafone Group spokesman said "early indications suggested that this was an isolated incident". To him, Vodafone Group password policy complies with the international security standard ISO 27001.

However, according to the Information Security Forum's Standard of Good Practice, all users should be authenticated using user IDs and passwords or by strong authentication mechanisms (for example, smartcards or biometric devices, etc) before they can access target systems. But the company is silent on how often passwords should be updated.

On third-party access to corporate information, the ISF guide says the company should balance third-party control in order to protect the interests of the organisation in relation to ownership of information and systems, copyright of information and other issues, as well as limit the liabilities of the organisation to third parties.



Citigroup to Trial Thank You Prestige 2G Card

International financial services firm Citigroup is set to trial a new multi-purpose smartcard - Thank You Prestige 2G Card, which will allow users to choose whether to pay for goods with credit or loyalty points. The company has teamed up with credit card producer Dynamics Inc to launch the Thank You Prestige 2G Card.

The card runs on Dynamics' Card 2.0 technology and features 2 buttons - Regular Credit and Request Rewards, which light up upon selection. Dynamics' Card 2.0 technology was awarded the Best of Innovations Winner for Personal Electronics at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.



Intel Pays $1.5 Billion to Nvidia

The world's biggest micro-chip maker Intel has agreed to pay its smaller rival Nvidia $1.5 billion (GBP 965.2 million) to use its technology. The move brings to an end to a long legal dispute that began in 2009.

Intel had sued Nvidia, a graphics chip maker, over the right to keep making an Intel designed chip. Nvidia then counter-sued. Intel now has the right to use Nvidia technology at a time when graphics processing is increasingly important.



Gemalto, MasterCard to Offer Worldwide Global Card Replacement Services

Today, Gemalto announced its partnership with MasterCard to offer preferred emergency card replacement services worldwide. The service enables premium cardholders to receive their new card in 24 hours or less, even when on the move, anywhere in the world.

Once notified of a lost or stolen card, MasterCard taps into Gemalto's global network of certified banking service centres and provides the cardholder's confidential information through a secured communication infrastructure. From the moment the order is received, Gemalto will take all necessary steps to supply a replacement card, even hand delivering in some cases.

Gemalto also handles centralised data management, including directing banking information processing and card replacement request to the appropriate local personalisation centre. Unique to the Gemalto solution, the new feature provides MasterCard with the convenience of a "single entry point", always available.



Sony Sues PlayStation Hackers

Sony has submitted a filing at the Northern District Court of California against hackers who uncovered and published security codes for the PlayStation 3. In the filing, Sony asked for a restraining order that bans PS3 hacker George Hotz from further hacking and prevents distribution of the software produced as a result.

The hack potentially allows anyone to run any software on their machine, including pirated games. Sony's lawsuit argues that this constitutes copyright infringement and computer fraud.

The 21 year old hacker Hotz is the prime accused alongside more than 100 people associated with a hacking group known as fail0verflow.



HID Global Achieves Worldwide ISO Certification

HID Global announced its worldwide certification of compliance with the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO)-9001:2008 specifications. The global certification affirms that HID Global's processes and procedures meet rigorous quality requirements.

ISO 9001: 2008 certification of all HID Global facilities worldwide is a key element in the Genuine HID value proposition and provides the fundamental platform for HID Global's long-standing reputation for quality. It validates that all product design, develop, manufacturing, and delivery services adhere to process specifications and continuous improvement practices that produce consistent product quality and delivery performance.




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