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What is a CSV file?


A CSV file is a text file that uses commas to separate values into columns.  This data format has been around for along time and is extremely easy to use, but is also widely misunderstood.  With such a simple definition you might be wondering why I’m writing this article.  That, or you’re one of the people I work with on a daily basis who are utterly confused when I suggest that a CSV file is anything other than a Microsoft Excel file. Before I go any further, let’s look at some content that would be typical of a CSV file: The…

PayMaster HCM & Security


This has been an interesting week in the world of information security. On Tuesday, Brian Krebs blog site, KrebsOnSecurity, posted an article detailing how a number of self service accounts were hijacked from ADP.  In short, due to a weak registration process and a far too lackadaisical approach to stale accounts (i.e., accounts that were never activated by employees) on ADP’s part, as well as the inadvertent posting of sensitive registration codes on the part of a number of clients including a large commercial bank, U.S. Bancorp, victimizers were able make self service accounts for a considerable number of dormant accounts.  In turn, the intruders used…