Tag Archives: US

Middle East hacker targets US electrics

      Comments Off on Middle East hacker targets US electrics

The hackers, who are rumoured to be state-sponsored and Iranian in origin, have attempted to launch Industrial Control System (ICS) attacks on America’s electrical supply industry – adding weight to warnings issued by Dan Coats, President Trump’s latest Director of National Security – that the US utilities sector is likely… Read more »

Share

Reddit undermined by SMS vulnerability

      Comments Off on Reddit undermined by SMS vulnerability

US online forum and news digest website Reddit has fallen victim to a hack, due to the inadequacy of its two-factor Short Message Service (SMS) security system. The hack took place in June and has compromised a relatively small number of accounts; exposing usernames, email addresses and passwords – some… Read more »

Share

US indicts twelve Russian spooks

      Comments Off on US indicts twelve Russian spooks

Despite President Trump’s assurances that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election, the US Justice Department has launched criminal proceedings against twelve Russian military intelligence officers – three days before the recent Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki. The Russian officers stand accused of hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s… Read more »

Share

US voter records laid bare

      Comments Off on US voter records laid bare

A cybersecurity researcher has discovered that the personal records of many thousands of US voters have been exposed on the Internet, due to a security lapse by a political robocall company. RoboCent, a Virginia-based purveyor of computerised autodialers for delivering pre-recorded political messages, left a database of voters’ sensitive personal… Read more »

Share

Macy’s hit by data breach

      Comments Off on Macy’s hit by data breach

Macy’s, the iconic US retailer, and its sister department store Bloomingdales have suffered a data breach. While only a relatively small number of the store’s online customers are affected, the attackers have had access to their account passwords and user names for nearly two months. The breached data includes names,… Read more »

Share

US healthcare company hacked

      Comments Off on US healthcare company hacked

The hard-pressed healthcare sector has suffered yet another cybersecurity setback. It looks as if a hack on US healthcare billing claims vendor Med Associates has penetrated the medical records of more than quarter of a million patients. The attack took place in March, through a member of staff’s workstation. Med… Read more »

Share

US service company hit by data breach

      Comments Off on US service company hit by data breach

The Delaware-based Corporation Service Company, which supplies leading companies, banks and law firms with business services, has suffered a hack – resulting in over 5000 Californians losing personal information and payment data. The incursion took place in November 2017, when CSC detected that an intruder had penetrated its system and… Read more »

Share

US laws toughened on data breaches

      Comments Off on US laws toughened on data breaches

In an attempt to stem the current flow of data breaches, several US states are introducing new legislation to tighten up data protection. Prompted perhaps by the introduction of GDPR in Europe, state legislators in Delaware, Oregon, South Dakota and Alabama have all unveiled new data privacy laws. Canada is… Read more »

Share

Russians may have reaped Facebook users’ data

      Comments Off on Russians may have reaped Facebook users’ data

As in any good espionage story, the plot of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data mining scandal becomes thicker by the minute. It now seems possible that the details of the 87 million Facebook users harvested by the now-defunct British political consultancy could now be in the hands of the Russians. Testifying… Read more »

Share

SEC fines Yahoo $35m for data breach

      Comments Off on SEC fines Yahoo $35m for data breach

Yahoo’s failure to disclose its infamous 2014 data breach has now resulted in a $35 million fine from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While the company has agreed to pay up, it is not actually admitting to any misconduct. Yahoo, which is now part of US telecoms giant… Read more »

Share