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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Hackers’

Over 1 Billion Online Usernames, Passwords Reportedly Stolen

Wow, this is a big one. A first reported by The New York Times, Hold Security discovered that a Russian crime ring has stolen 1.2 billion user name and passwords combinations and over 500 million email addresses from 420,000 websites “including household names and small Internet sites”. The Times reports: Hold Security would not name the victims, citing nondisclosure agreements …

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Michaels Security Breach Affected Three Million Cards

Michaels, North America’s largest specialty arts & crafts store, has confirmed that a security breach exposed data from millions of transactions from May 8th, 2013, to January 27th, 2014. “Our customers are always our number one priority and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused. We are committed to assisting affected customers by providing …

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Heartbleed Bug Gives Hackers Access To User Data And Passwords

A major online bug called CVE-2014-0160, more popularly known as “Heartbleed”, allows hackers to retrieve data from online services and websites. The bug was recently found by Neel Mehta of Google’s security team with a team of engineers from security company Codenomicon. To those who know how to work around it, Heartbleed can reveal the contents of a server’s memory—and …

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Bitcoin Heists Test Currency’s Legitimacy

In startling news Tuesday morning, one of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges, Mt. Gox, ceased existing, leaving millions of dollars worth of bitcoins unaccounted for. The Tokyo-based exchange company has stated that a security leak that has been present since September has violated the integrity of some 700,000 accounts, totaling approximately $350 million in stolen currency. Due to this huge …

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Apple Security Flaw Is “As Bad As You Could Imagine”

Apple is performing an emergency software fix this week to correct a security flaw putting both iPhone and Mac users at risk. After it was brought to their attention that hackers could enter systems by email, Apple, Inc. issued an official announcement acknowledging the oversight and their team promptly began to work on updated software to protect users. On Saturday, …

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Kickstarter Reveals Hack, Some User Info Compromised

Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler took to the company blog over the weekend to announce that they had fallen victim to a hack–one that exposed some user info including email addresses, mailing address, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Strickler makes a point to say that no credit card data was accessed by the hackers. Kickstarter learned of the breach on Wednesday …

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Neiman Marcus Data Breach Exposed 1.1M Cards

Earlier this month, high-end retailer Neiman Marcus confirmed that they had been the target of a widespread data breach that saw hackers gain access to customer credit cards via a sophisticated malware attack. At that time, the company launched an investigation into the breach. Now, Neiman Marcus is sharing some of the preliminary findings and have admitted that the breach …

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CNN’s Twitter, Facebook Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

Late Thursday night, CNN had a bunch of social media accounts hacked. The group responsible, the Syrian Electronic Army, announced their intent to “retaliate against CNN’s viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in Syria.” According to CNN, “the affected accounts included CNN’s main Facebook account, CNN Politics’ Facebook account and the Twitter pages for CNN and CNN’s Security …

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A Fifth of Germany Vulnerable in Massive Email Hack

In gee-that’s-terrifying news, as much as one fifth of the German population is at risk after a massive email hack that targeted .de addresses. Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security announced that passwords and “other details” of 16 million email users had been breached by hackers. With a population of around 80 million, that means that 20% of Germany’s population …

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Free Credit Report Offered To Target Customers

After the breach of Target’s security system, that left many of their customers who used debit and credit cards vulnerable to hackers, Target has decided to offer a free credit report and credit monitoring service to those who were affected. Approximately 70 million customers, who made credit and debit card purchases in their U.S. Target stores between November 27 and …

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Neiman Marcus Confirms Data Breach

Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus is the latest chain to announce a data breach that may put its customers at risk for credit card fraud. According to Krebs on Security – the same site that broke news of the Target data breach back in December – Neiman Marcus confirmed that it is working with the US Secret Service to investigate a …

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Target Hackers – Could Chip and Pin System Thwart Crooks?

With the recent hacking of over 40 million customer’s credit and debit card data – credit card companies are scrambling to keep this from happening again. The recent theft instigated by cyber thieves is renewing pressure on the credit card industry to improve its defenses against fraud. Could this have happened because of a faulty and outdated system? Perhaps a …

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