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US healthcare giant suffers another data breach

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Hot on the heels of one of the largest pay-outs in data breach history (a cool $115m to cover the credit monitoring of some 79 million individuals), Anthem Inc – the number one provider of health insurance in America – has admitted to another haemorrhage of sensitive information on over… Read more »

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Payment card data theft prolific in US

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When it comes to card security, shopping online is now much safer than shopping in-store, according to new research contained in Trustwave’s Global Security Report. While hacking attacks against sales tills (also referred to as Point of Sale, or PoS) rose by almost a third in 2016, e-commerce incidents decreased… Read more »

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Sensitive intelligence data now available on Amazon

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US intelligence agencies are suffering so many leaks these days, they probably don’t know whether to call out a cyber security expert or an emergency plumber (*ba-dum tsh*). The latest debacle involves the exposure of 28GB of intelligence data from the Pentagon’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on a public Amazon… Read more »

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Target pays price for poor security

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The US retail behemoth Target has agreed to pay $18.5m as compensation for the 2013 data breach that affected over 60m of its customers and 41m payment card accounts across 48 states. Hackers used stolen credentials to exploit weaknesses in the company’s system, allowing them to infiltrate a customer service… Read more »

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Your headphones are leaking… personal data

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Leading US audio equipment company Bose has been taken to court for allegedly using its smartphone application to collect personally identifiable information on users. Having harvested the listener’s personal details through its Bose Connect app, it is apparently selling on the data to third parties. Most people won’t be too… Read more »

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Leaked CIA hacking tools used around the world

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Cyber security firm Symantec has used the latest Vault 7 revelations from WikiLeaks, which reveal some of the CIA’s tools and modus operandi, to deduce that forty hacks in sixteen different countries are attributable to the US intelligence agency. Symantec believes that a group they refer to as Longhorn is… Read more »

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The siren call of infrastructure hacking

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Alarm bells are ringing in Dallas over a recent hack – literally. Infrastructure hacks are becoming more common in the US and can take many forms, but in this case hackers, whose identity and motivation remains unknown, set off all 156 Dallas emergency sirens late one recent night – a… Read more »

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US brokerage leaves customer data unsecured

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Even the best security system in the world is fallible if someone leaves the front door wide open. Thanks to a bungle by one of its external suppliers, 20,000 customers of online US brokerage firm Scottrade have had their sensitive loan applications laid bare to the outside world. An employee… Read more »

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Washington’s email scandal continues… with the RNC

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Having previously threatened Hilary Clinton with prosecution for using personal email accounts for government business, President Trump now has to contend with, according to Newsweek, some of his most senior lieutenants doing exactly the same thing. Oops. The use of private email for government business is frowned upon because laxer… Read more »

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US Government releases cybersecurity findings

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With cyber attacks reaching unprecedented levels, the White House’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has made public the results of a nine-month study into America’s cybersecurity problems. Amongst the list of action points are fixing the shambolic regulations (read: non-existent regulations) on security of IoT consumer devices such as routers… Read more »

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