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Small Town, USA takes cyber hit

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You don’t have to be a big fish to attract the attentions of a predatory cybercriminal. Yarrow Point is a small village in Washington State with a population of little more than 1,000.  Despite this, it has suffered a succession of hacks that left its mayor with a red face… Read more »

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New hacking group pulls off major bank heist

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According to Russian security firm Group-IB a new group of cyber criminals dubbed MoneyTaker has launched lucrative attacks on a number of US and Russian finance houses; harvesting millions of dollars. Its first incursion was in 2016 and, since then, it has robbed several US banks, plus other organisations in… Read more »

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Man arrested for attempted cyber jailbreak

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A man from Michigan has hacked into the computer system of his local prison to alter the records of a friend in order to secure his early release. After his early spear-phishing attempts failed to fool staff into giving him access to court records, he succeeded in persuading a handful… Read more »

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Ever more Brits hit by Equifax breach

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It now appears that the massive Equifax data breach in early summer this year has had an even greater impact on its British customers than at first thought. The U.S. based credit rating giant holds data on over 800 million consumers and 90 million businesses around the world. Despite initially… Read more »

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US pharmacy chain compromises customer privacy

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CVS Health, seventh on the Fortune 500 list in 2016 with nearly 10,000 pharmacy outlets across the US, has accidentally been releasing location data about its customers to over 40 third-party web servers. Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute in California have discovered that the app, which helps users… Read more »

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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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