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Hilton investigates hack claims

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The Hilton Hotel group has possibly been the victim of a credit card hack through its chain of shops and gift outlets, which it is currently investigating. The security breach is away from the hotel’s main booking system and seems to have occurred during a three month period earlier in… Read more »

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Millions of fingerprints stolen from US Office of Personnel Management

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Computer hackers have stolen the fingerprints of over five million US federal workers in a massive breach of government security. It is thought that Chinese hackers are behind this latest incursion, coming does just days before the Chinese President was due to visit the US to discuss cyber security with… Read more »

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Businesses bear burden of cyber attacks

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An interesting gap has come to light in the protection offered by US banks to businesses who fall victim to cyber theft. Whilst a private individual is protected by legislation from theft of their funds electronically, businesses may not be even though they may be owned by a single person…. Read more »

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Computer glitch delays tens of thousands of US visa applications

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A computer glitch within the US visa application system has radically impeded travel to the US by foreign nationals. This is having a big impact on industry across the US, especially farms which rely heavily on temporary foreign workers. For example, fruit growers in Washington State need approximately fifteen thousand… Read more »

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Report estimates majority of Social Security numbers stolen by hackers

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With stories about cyber attacks on in the rise in the media, industry experts are now able to report the emergence of certain trends. Personal data seems to be the key focus, including data that might be less overtly sensitive but could have longer term and far reaching security implications…. Read more »

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200k IRS accounts hacked through “Get Transcript” app

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The FBI is investigating a security breach within the US Internal Revenue Service which has resulted in personal data being stolen from US taxpayers. 200,000 accounts were targeted and reportedly data has been taken from at least half of these. Access was gained via the application “Get Transcript” which allows… Read more »

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Beacon Health reveals 2013 hack

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Beacon Health Systems, a US-based health agency, has revealed that it was the target of cyber attacks as far back as late 2013. Beacon has claimed that there is no evidence that personal data accessed in these attacks has been misused by the hackers. Access was gained via employee email… Read more »

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US Army website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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A US Army website has reportedly been hacked by activists claiming to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Access to the official webpage of the US forces was temporarily denied and pop ups appeared exhorting the US Government to refrain from training Syrian rebel militia. Responsibility has been… Read more »

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Starbucks customers see accounts hacked through app

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Starbucks customers have recently come under attack from hackers. The problem lies in the company’s smartphone app, which allows customers to pay for food and beverages by automatically topping up the balance on the customer’s reward card with their credit and debit card details, which are stored by the company…. Read more »

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United Airlines crowdsources testing for security weaknesses, offers air miles

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United Airlines has initiated a reward scheme for security buffs who can detect bugs in the company’s security systems. The scheme offers the potential to win up to one million air miles depending on the seriousness of the find, but does not cover software used on board the aircraft. Other… Read more »

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