Friday, 10 June 2011

Hackers Stole NHS Patients Records

Hackers are on a spree. After a series of successful attacks on the Sony websites, its PlayStations and Nintendo's website, Lulz Security has sent a prior warning in the form of an email to the National Health Service (NHS) administrators that its computer networks are vulnerable to cyber attack, and that they had found a way to breach the service's network.

However, the UK Department of Health said: "No patient information at risk".

In the email, Lulz Security gave evidence of some of the passwords, saying: "While you aren't considered an enemy - your work is of course brilliant - we did stumble upon several of your admin passwords". The hackers' warning was also relayed on Twitter, but the sensitive passwords were blacked out.

NHS officials confirmed, the fraudsters managed to affect only local systems and no patient records could be accessed. The Department stated: "No national NHS information systems have been affected. The Department has issued guidance to the local NHS about how to protect and secure all their information assets".

Visa Acquires Fundamo and Signs New Agreement with Monitise

Visa Inc. announced that it is acquiring Fundamo, a leading platform provider of mobile financial services for mobile network operators and financial institutions in developing economies. It also announced a new, long-term commercial agreement with Monitise plc, a leading provider of mobile money solutions for financial institutions in more developed geographies.

The combined Visa Fundamo platform will add enhanced functionality and new services to existing mobile financial services subscribers across Africa, Asia and Latin America for safe, reliable and globally accepted payments solutions. It will expand the utility of closed-loop systems, enable them to be interoperable, make financial services available to more consumers and offer merchants access to new customers. This has the potential to connect billions of unbanked and under-banked consumers to each other and to the global economy.

"Mobile network operators and financial institutions will now be able to take advantage of Fundamo's trusted mobile financial services platform backed by Visa's high standards for security, reliability and scale," said Hannes van Rensburg, CEO of Fundamo.

Visa also signed a new commercial agreement with Monitise to expand delivery of mobile financial services to banked Visa account holders in conjunction with Visa's financial institution partners.

One key focus of this alliance is the introduction of new mobile services to existing Visa account holders outside the U.S. that enable electronic payments on the go to meet consumers' daily needs. In addition, Monitise and Visa will launch a mobile banking solution in the U.S. for clients of Visa DPS, Visa's debit and prepaid processing platform. This new service is designed to enable Visa clients and processing partners in the U.S. to quickly and efficiently offer their customers a suite of services, such as mobile payments, person-to-person payments, mobile transaction alerts and mobile marketing offers.

NXP CEO Has Double Faith in Wallet

NXP Semiconductors CEO Richard Clemmer believes the introduction of 'Google Wallet' by search engine giant Google Inc. will double up NXP's chip sales.

Google Inc.'s mobile payment system (Google Wallet) has used NXP's near-field communication chips in its Android mobile phones. Google Wallet allows consumers with Android smartphones to pay for goods and services or receive coupons with a simple tap and go over a special NFC-enabled reader.

However, in an interview held at the company's headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands Richard Clemmer said "despite an expected doubling of its contribution to sales in 2012 and 2013, he doubts NFC will ever reach a double-digit share of NXP's overall sales which reached $4.4 billion in 2010".

Surrey County Council Fined 120.000 Pounds by ICO

Surrey County Council was found guilty of sending incorrect e-mail addresses on 3 separate occasions. As a result, the Council was fined GBP 120.000 by the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for breaching the Data Protection Act.

ICO stated in the first case, "The health and welfare information of 241 people was sent to the wrong recipients in an unencrypted e-mail. The second misdirected e-mail involved the personal data of a number of individuals being mistakenly e-mailed to more than 100 recipients. The third involved the council's Children Services department mistakenly sending out confidential information on an individual".

UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said, "Surrey County Council has paid the price for its failings and this case should act as a warning to others that lax data protection practices will not be tolerated".

Edenred Brings MasterCard PayPass Commuter Check Card in USA

Edenred will be introducing a new contactless Commuter Check Prepaid MasterCard card for the commuters in USA public transports. The MasterCard PayPass Commuter Check Card will allow riders to pay fares through their employer sponsored pre-tax benefit program with a simple tap and go system. Edenred is the leading provider of national commuter benefit programs - Commuter Check and WiredCommute throughout the US.

The Commuter Check Card can also be used to pay fare in subway turnstiles and bus fare collection boxes. Users just need to look for the MasterCard PayPass brand mark or "Tap and Go".

MasterCard PayPass-enabled card users can choose from a variety of fare options per availability from the transit agency such as "pre-fund", "pay-as-you-go", time-based fares (one day, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly passes) or discounted fares for senior citizens, physically challenged people and student riders.

In Salt Lake City, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has installed electronic contactless payments readers in all city buses and transit platforms. Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH), and NJ TRANSIT has conducted a contactless payments pilot program on selected train and bus routes throughout the New York City and New Jersey.

Nokia to Spread Electronic Transaction Service in Pan-India By 2012

Mobile phone giant Nokia said it will spread its 'Mobile Money' services in pan-India by next year that will allow consumers to transact and make payments directly using their Nokia mobile phones without the need of having hard cash.

Kaustuv Chatterjee, Head Solution Marketing, Mobile Phones, Nokia India, said "the originator has to be a Nokia handset and the recipient can be any one"

By 2012, the company hopes to make 'Mobile Money' services a pan-India product, with a focus on rural and semi-urban regions of the country. Currently, Nokia had joined YES Bank and Union Bank of India for the e-wallet facility. Among the 2 cities where Nokia has started Mobile Money are Pune and Chennai.

About Public Information Sharing in Wales

Yesterday, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) held a conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cardiff to look at how the public and third sectors can share information safely and effectively, raising awareness of the rights of individuals and how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. The "ICO Wales Information Sharing Conference" also marked the launch of a new Code of Practice on Data Sharing.

Assistant Commissioner for Wales, Anne Jones, said: "Public concern around data protection is high. Our research has found that 96% of individuals are worried that organisations do not keep their details secure, meaning that the importance of getting it right on data sharing is a fundamental aspect of good customer service". Anne Jones also hopes of welcoming about 150 representatives from across the public and voluntary sector to the event.

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