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

Verizon’s data breach report: What the numbers say

What are some of the most interesting takeaways from Verizon’s latest annual security report? Data breach, yawn. Those two little words that occur so frequently in the media and will have you switching off. Last week, Verizon released their 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) which provides valuable insight spanning across 86 countries and 41,686 incidents. The … More Verizon’s data breach report: What the numbers say

Hackers crack university defenses in just two hours

More than 50 universities in the United Kingdom had their cyber-defenses tested by ethical hackers, and the ‘grades’ aren’t pretty. A team of ethical hackers recently conducted tests on the cybersecurity defenses of more than 50 universities in the United Kingdom. In each case, it took them less than two hours to gain access to … More Hackers crack university defenses in just two hours

Houzz discloses data breach, asks some users to reset passwords

Citing an ongoing investigation, the company wouldn’t say how or when the incident occurred. Online home design biz Houzz revealed late last week that it had been hit by a data breach recently, but didn’t disclose when the incident had occurred or how many people had actually been affected. “Houzz recently learned that a file … More Houzz discloses data breach, asks some users to reset passwords

773 million email IDs, 21 million passwords for anyone to see in massive data dump

The vast dossier of login details appears to have been gathered from data stolen in many breaches. Nearly 773 million unique email addresses and more than 21.2 million unique, plain-text passwords were there for the taking recently in a massive data dump that’s been dubbed Collection #1. The news comes from security researcher Troy Hunt, who … More 773 million email IDs, 21 million passwords for anyone to see in massive data dump

NASA fears hackers may have stolen employee data

A probe launched immediately after the discovery of the suspected incident has yet to establish the scale of the potential damage. The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has notified all of its employees that their personal data may have been exfiltrated in a suspected security incident discovered two months ago. “On Oct. … More NASA fears hackers may have stolen employee data