A new class-action lawsuit filed against Hy-Vee claims the midwestern chain’s recent data breach was the “inevitable result” of inadequate data security despite growing threats against payment card systems. Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP (CSK&D) alleges that Hy-Vee “failed to take adequate measures to assist affected customers, choosing instead to spread out information about […]

Anders Sörman-Nilsson was a lawyer before he became an internationally-known futurist, author and public speaker on the TEDGlobal circuit. His mother, who still runs the family menswear business in Stockholm, Sweden, still thinks of him as a “glorified astrologer,” Sörman-Nilsson told the audience at this week’s Iowa Technology Summit during the keynote.  “There’s no one […]

Hy-Vee Inc. released a new database for shoppers worried their credit or debit card information may be at risk from the payment data breach first reported on Aug. 14.  An investigation found malware designed to access payment card data from cards used at point-of-sale (POS) devices at Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants, […]

Drivers who paid Ames parking tickets through the city’s online payment system are being warned to watch their financial statements for the next few weeks after the software company reported a data breach from July 30 to Sept. 12.  Paper notices have been sent to the 1,498 individuals affected by the breach. This is the second breach […]

An Iowa software company selling data services to auto dealers has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after the FTC alleged the firm’s poor data security practices led to a breach exposing personal information of millions of auto dealer customers.  The FTC approved the settlement this week with LightYear Dealer Technologies LLC, […]

The FBI received 10 reports of ransomware attacks in Iowa in 2018, but experts think the problem is bigger than that, reports KCCI. Many are starting to treat cyber risks the same as the risk of a fire or storm damage, and choosing to purchase insurance. Travelers Insurance estimates fewer than 50% of businesses use […]

Hy-Vee Inc. is investigating unauthorized activity that may have affected payment transactions at fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants, including Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and Wahlburgers, the company announced this afternoon. The company, which operates more than 260 stores across eight states, says it has contracted with unnamed cybersecurity firms and notified federal law […]

Cybersecurity is a never-ending threat, but the biggest risk to an organization can also sprout from its most trusted asset — the employees.  BrightWise, a new company born out of collaboration between West Des Moines-based Affiliates Management Co. and Montana-based LMG Security, is meant to mitigate those risks. CEO Sherri Davidoff, who is also CEO […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) during the organization’s summer conference, after winning the NASS IDEAS Award for the election cybersecurity initiative, “Partnerships Pay Dividends: A Roadmap to Election Cybersecurity”. Secretary Pate will serve as the NASS President through July 2020.

At Gateway Inc. in the 1990s, Rob Cheng, senior vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and support, could see the problems lining up from his desk on the Iowa-South Dakota border. Customers were calling customer support lines complaining of slow machines, and there was no clear diagnostic system to efficiently address the customers.  In 1999 […]