Over 160 million user records put up for sale on the dark web

Eleven companies, ranging from online marketplaces to news websites, have had their user databases poached. More than 164 million user records stolen from almost a dozen companies have been put up for sale on the dark web in recent days. The data trove is being peddled by a cybercriminal collective going by the name Shiny … More Over 160 million user records put up for sale on the dark web

Virgin Media data leak exposes details of almost 1 million people

The misconfigured database was accessed by an unauthorized party on at least one occasion. Virgin Media has disclosed a data leak that exposed the personal information of around 900,000 people. The incident, which impacted around 15% of the British company’s fixed-line customer base, originated from a misconfigured database that was used for marketing purposes. “The … More Virgin Media data leak exposes details of almost 1 million people

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 tips for keeping your database secure

When we give privacy or security advice, we usually talk about strong passwords, backing up your data, using security applications, keeping systems up to date, and avoiding default settings. In general, these are the most basic and essential precautions any systems manager must consider. However, depending on the system you want to protect, there are … More Five tips for keeping your database secure

Millions of records lost in huge OPM US data breach

The US Office of Personnel Management has admitted that the widely-publicised data breach in June was more wide-reaching than at first thought. The OPM has now publicly recognised that data records of 21.5 million people have been lost after hackers targeted central databases. The 21.5m records include present, former, and prospective government employees and contractors … More Millions of records lost in huge OPM US data breach