There are signs that the perpetrators of this apparent breach may be the same group of Russian and Ukrainian hackers responsible for the data breaches at Target, Sally Beauty and P.F. Chang’s, among others. The banks contacted by this reporter all purchased their customers’ cards from the same underground store – rescator[dot]cc — which on Sept. 2 moved two massive new batches of stolen cards onto the market.
Multiple banks say they are seeing evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards that went on sale this morning in the cybercrime underground. Home Depot says that it is working with banks and law enforcement agencies to investigate reports of suspicious activity.
Wondering how to protect yourself? The FTC Consumer Information site’s Credit Card Fraud page recommends the following:
Save your receipts to compare with your statement.
Open your bills promptly — or check them online often — and reconcile them with the purchases you’ve made.
Report any questionable charges to the card issuer.
Call the card issuer as soon as you realize your card has been lost or stolen. Many companies have toll-free numbers and 24 hour service to deal with this. Once you report the loss or theft, the law says you have no additional responsibility for charges you didn’t make; in any case, your liability for each card lost or stolen is $50. If you suspect that the card was used fraudulently, you may have to sign a statement under oath that you didn’t make the purchases in question
After ten years in space, three gravity-assist maneuvers around earth, one gravity-assist maneuver around mars, five loops around the sun, and ten rendezvous maneuvers, the Rosetta space probe is closing in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The Rosetta project was approved in 1993 to launch a spacecraft that would rendezvous with a comet, study it for two years while in orbit, and hopefully land a probe on the comet itself. Rosetta was launched in March 2004 by an Ariane-5 G+ rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
After a deep space hibernation for three years, Rosetta was awakened earlier this year, and after a final set of manuevers is now within sight of the comet. The European Space Agency (ESA) is now studying the comet, and preparing to deploy Rosetta’s lander probe Philae by November of this year.
Google now recommends websites use an HTTPS connection for serving all content, with at least a 2048-bit certificate. They also provided a link to a tool by Qualys SSL Labs that can test your site’s SSL configuration: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/