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Government agencies are prime targets for many hackers (particularly those funded by other governments), so it’s not surprising that the State Department was recently attacked. What makes the attack unusual is that it appears to have been successful, with unclassified systems being compromised, including possibly the State Department’s email system. What’s more, the State Department is the fourth government agency to suffer such a breach in recent weeks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and United States Postal Service and White House have all been disrupted... Read more...
The more time that passes, the more details come to light regarding a major security breach at Home Depot that exposed 53 million customer email addresses on top of compromising 56 million credit and debit cards. There's an ongoing investigation into the incident, and one of the latest tidbits is that Home Depot is placing some of the blame on Microsoft. That doesn't mean Home Depot is absolved of any blame on itself -- the company was slow to address lingering security issues -- though the vulnerability that the hackers exploited was one that existed in Windows. The attackers used a third-party... Read more...
Home Depot disclosed this week that around 53 million email addresses were taken during a recent security breach, which is in addition to the approximately 56 million compromised customer credit and debit cards previously disclosed by the hardware chain. The updated findings are the result of weeks of investigation by Home Deport, law enforcement, and third-party IT security experts, the company said. The stolen email addresses were contained in separate files that those responsible for the breach were able to swipe. However, those additional files did not contain passwords, payment card information,... Read more...
You may have read in the news that hackers infiltrated Dropbox, stole seven million usernames and passwords, and then posted a portion of those login credentials online. Those reports stem from an anonymous post on Pastebin.com containing what the author claims is a data dump of 400 Dropbox accounts, calling it the "first teaser" of 6,937,081 hacked accounts. However, Dropbox says the leaked info is from other services. "Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was hacked aren’t true. Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated... Read more...
Kmart is the latest major retailer to fall prey to a hacker attack resulting in the theft of customer data. The company's IT department discovered a data breach in Kmart's payment data systems and immediately launched a full-scale investigation. Based on initial findings, it's believed that the breach began in early September. Investigators believe that the hackers used a form of malware currently flying under the radar of antivirus software to infect Kmart's payment data systems. The malware has been removed, but certain credit and debit card numbers have compromised, according to Sears Holdings... Read more...
For the second time in less than a year, AT&T is left with egg on its face after discovering that one of its employees is responsible for a data breach. In this latest instance, an insider sidestepped AT&T's "strict privacy and security guidelines" and was able to view confidential information of around 1,600 AT&T customers. AT&T sent a letter (PDF) to affected customers to let them know what happened, what steps they can take to protect their information, and to apologize for violating its own privacy rules. The telecom is offering affected customers free credit monitoring service.... Read more...
Four members belonging to an international computer hacking ring have been indicted. The Justice Department released a press release that revealed the members were charged with breaking into the computer networks of tech companies and even the U.S. Army. The estimated value of the theft of intellectual property is said to be over $100 million. “As the indictment charges, the members of this international hacking ring stole trade secret data used in high-tech American products, ranging from software that trains U.S. soldiers to fly Apache helicopters to Xbox games that entertain millions around... Read more...
Attention Home Depot shoppers, your credit and/or debit card information may be compromised. The hardware chain confirmed that a recent cyber attack is estimated to have put the payment card information of around 56 million unique credit and debit cards at risk due to malware that it suspects has been present between April and September 2014. That makes it a bigger breach than the one that hit Target earlier this year. "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and anxiety this has caused, and want to reassure them that they will not be liable for fraudulent charges," said Frank Blake,... Read more...
The chances that your data has been exposed by hackers in the last 12 months is nearing 50%, and it’s probably not your computer that gave up the goods. It was one or more of the dozens of companies you trust to keep your personal information safe. A new study by CNNMoney estimates that the past 12 months have seen as many as 110 million Americans have their data exposed by hacks – and many of them suffer that fate more than once. CNNMoney puts the total number of hacked accounts in the neighborhood of 432 million. Ouch. Target announced a new Digital Advisory Council this week to help... Read more...
The takeaway from a new survey is short and alarming: Hackers are winning the war. In a survey co-sponsored by PwC, the U.S. Secret Service, the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, and CSO security news magazine, it was found that cybercriminals are more relentless than ever. Some 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services, and government agencies were pinged on a variety of topics as part of a 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends. Out of those surveyed, around 75 percent said they had detected a security breach in the past year alone.... Read more...
Wireless security has always been something of a problem. Basic WEP encryption, for example, has been beaten so soundly that it’s a wonder device makers even offer it as a security option anymore. Fortunately, we’ve had WiFi protected access 2 (WPA2) keeping our networks safe--but perhaps no longer. According to Phys.org, researchers at universities in the UK and Greece discovered a way to crack WPA2, and apparently it’s not all that difficult. ASUS RT-N66U router The researchers published their work in the International Journal of Information and Computer Security, where they... Read more...
Although news about Target’s huge data breach broke almost two months ago, the post-mortem has persisted, and a security firm has posted a detailed breakdown of what went wrong. The story is unnerving, to say the least, as it’s not so much about system-wide failures or anything so big as it is about how all it takes for a body with so many moving parts to fall apart is one weak link and some good old-fashioned phishing. It’s already been established that the breach appears to have emanated from a malware email phishing attack on a Pennsylvania HVAC company called Fazio Mechanical... Read more...
The New York Times’ website is having a rough month. Only a couple weeks after maintenance troubles caused several hours of downtime, the iconic paper has again experienced a major disruption. This time, the outage is clearly the result of an attack. The hacker group known as SyrianElectronicArmy claimed responsibility for the attack, as well as attacks on Twitter and The Huffington Post UK. The attack took place Tuesday afternoon, knocking out the site for readers. As a precaution, The New York Times limited email use for its staff and journalists. In the case of each website, the hacker... Read more...
Whether it’s for the lulz (as they say) or for more nefarious reasons, the Ubuntu forums have been hacked. Canonical posted the message via a splash page where the forum site is usually located. “There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums,” reads the page. “The Canonical IS team is working hard as we speak to restore normal operations.” Canonical didn’t mince words about the extent of the damage, either, stating that the hackers made off with everybody’s username, password, and email address in the database. This is when using different passwords... Read more...
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