Microsoft exposed 250 million customer support records

Databases containing 14 years’ worth of customer support logs were publicly accessible with no password protection. Over 250 million customer service and support records were exposed by Microsoft over a two-day period in December 2019 due to a server misconfiguration. Since the records weren’t secured with any authentication measures, anyone with an internet connection and … More Microsoft exposed 250 million customer support records

Five ways to strengthen employee cybersecurity awareness

How can organizations foster a workplace environment that enables employees to acquire the skills needed to keep cyber-threats at bay? Since human error has a well-documented history of causing many breaches, no organization can afford to overlook the importance of ensuring that its employees are aware of online dangers. This is mainly why the first instalment in our … More Five ways to strengthen employee cybersecurity awareness

NordVPN reveals breach at datacenter provider

The company says that the incident, going back to March 2018, affected only 1 out of its 3,000 servers. The well-known virtual private network (VPN) provider NordVPN admitted to a breach on Tuesday that had occurred at one of the facilities from which the company rents its servers. The bad actors exploited an insecure remote management system left by … More NordVPN reveals breach at datacenter provider

Ex-Equifax executive sent to jail for insider trading after breach

“Sounds bad”, the former Equifax CIO wrote in a text after learning of the breach that ended up affecting almost half the US population. The Equifax debacle is in the news again, as a former executive of one of the firm’s business units was sentenced to four months in prison last week for capitalizing on early … More Ex-Equifax executive sent to jail for insider trading after breach

Hackers breach NASA, steal Mars mission data

The infiltration was only spotted and stopped after the hackers roamed the network undetected for almost a year. The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, suffered a security incident recently that saw hackers make off with sensitive data relating to the agency’s Mars missions, including details about the Curiosity rover. The … More Hackers breach NASA, steal Mars mission data

The aftermath of a data breach: A personal story

Criminals used my account to launder credit card transactions into cash, at least where the company transacted with was willing to refund. Last week I received a notification from Bank of America advising that my credit card may have been part of a compromise at an undisclosed merchant. The email does mention that there may … More The aftermath of a data breach: A personal story