Crooks threaten to leak customer data stolen from e‑commerce sites

A hack-and-extort campaign takes aim at poorly secured databases replete with customer information that can be exploited for further attacks. A number of e-commerce websites from multiple continents have had their customer databases stolen, with an unknown seller offering at least 1.62 million rows of personal records for sale on a public website. The online … More Crooks threaten to leak customer data stolen from e‑commerce sites

Two years later, has GDPR fulfilled its promise?

Has the landmark law helped build a culture of privacy in organizations and have consumers become more wary of sharing their personal data? “Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping Tom to install your window blinds” – John Perry Barlow, EFF (July 1992). Any individual who has the slightest engagement in the … More Two years later, has GDPR fulfilled its promise?

Professional data leakage: How did that security vendor get my personal data?

…and why are they selling it to other security vendors and product testers? If you were hoping to find a sensational story outing one of our competitors, I am going to disappoint you right away. This is not that, but it is something, something that can happen to all of us! Spam is something that … More Professional data leakage: How did that security vendor get my personal data?

From Brexit to COVID-19, welcome to scammer central

Dubious websites, business opportunities too good to be true, EU -or- British passports … you name it, it’s on the internet. Using Brexit (Feb. 1, 2020) and the COVID-19 pandemic declaration (Mar. 12, 2020) to bookend our discussion, we still have plenty of fodder to discuss online scams. Scams can aim for anything, from cash … More From Brexit to COVID-19, welcome to scammer central

600,000 people affected in email provider breach

The users’ personal data are now up for grabs on the dark web for anywhere between US$3,500 and US$22,000 worth of Bitcoin. The personal details of more than 600,000 Email.it users have been stolen and put up for sale on the dark web. The incident surfaced on Sunday after the perpetrators took to Twitter to … More 600,000 people affected in email provider breach

Marriott hacked again, 5.2 million guests affected

Bad actors accessed a range of personally identifiable information, including names, dates of birth and a lot more. For the second time within two years, hotel giant Marriott has disclosed that it has suffered a data breach. The new incident has affected 5.2 million of its guests, compromising a range of their personal information, including … More Marriott hacked again, 5.2 million guests affected

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