NAFCU has no intention to let up on its push for national data security standards following a Wendy’s restaurant chain report Wednesday that malware associated with an earlier breach affected point-of-sale systems at fewer than 300 of its 5,500 franchised stores.According to KrebsOnSecurity, a Wendy’s spokesperson says the malware found on those POS systems has now been removed. However, the spokesperson declined to comment on the duration of the breach, and Krebs says multiple financial institutions report their data shows some of the affected Wendy’s locations were “leaking” card data as late as early April. Two class actions, including one by a credit union, have also been filed.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger noted months ago the signs of a potential Wendy’s breach prior to initial reports. He said Wednesday’s report offers little assurance to institutions still concerned about the potential impact.“This incident continues to illustrate the need for national data security standards such as those proposed in the ‘Data Security Act,’” Berger said Wednesday. “Right now, credit unions continue to pay the tab for merchant breaches, and that’s unacceptable. The ‘Data Security Act’ would establish national standards that are both scalable and would hold merchants accountable for breaches on their end.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
As the Trojans entered Howard Jones Field for the first time in nearly three months, a lot of things looked different than when they left it last December.Tee Martin is now a member of USC coach Lane Kiffin’s staff, coaching the wide receivers.Gone are tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry.Great expectations · Sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee is one of several Trojans expected to lead the Trojans to their first bowl game since 2009. USC finished 2011 with a 10-2 record, including a win over Oregon. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanBut there were three constants that remained on the field Tuesday afternoon from last season that give Trojans everywhere a reason to be hopeful for the 2012 season: the return of senior quarterback Matt Barkley and his wide receivers, junior Robert Woods and sophomore Marqise Lee.Many thought that Barkley had played his last game in cardinal and gold in the 50-0 victory over UCLA. But Barkley, who threw 39 touchdowns last season against just seven interceptions, decided to come back for his senior season, citing “unfinished business” as his reason for returning.“It’s amazing. I’m glad he came back,” said Lee, who recorded more than 1,000 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns in his first season on campus. “We’re gonna enjoy him while we [can].”With the return of Barkley, however, comes raised expectations. USC is being widely hailed as a preseason top-five team, with some analysts saying the Trojans are the best team in the country.The Trojans are not concerned with that, however, if Tuesday is any indication.“We don’t really think about [the expectations],” Lee said. “We just know we’re supposed to come out here and work hard. That’s the main mindset for us. And that’s what we focus on.”Though Barkley, Woods and Lee all return, Kalil will no longer be manning Barkley’s blindside. In his place is redshirt junior Kevin Graf, who started at right tackle last season.Kalil is expected to be a top-five pick in the coming NFL draft and was an All-American selection last season. Though many eyes are on Graf this spring, he said he does not feel pressure replacing a marquee player like Kalil.“He’s a great player. I’m really happy for him, that he’s going so high,” Graf said. “But I’m trying to be a great player here too.”The high expectations are not getting the best of Graf, either.“That’s where we want to be. That’s where we want to be focused at,” Graf explained. “We always want to be at the top, and we’re happy about that.”The Trojans will practice again on Thursday and Saturday and will then have a week off for spring break.