Cyber-extortionists take aim at lucrative targets

A new report shines some light on multiple aspects of the growing threat of cyber-extortion. Criminals are trying to tempt people with promises of six-figure annual rewards in return for help with cyber-extortion campaigns that target high-net-worth individuals, research by the threat intelligence firm Digital Shadows shows. The prospective victims, such as corporate executives, lawyers and doctors, … More Cyber-extortionists take aim at lucrative targets

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

The most popular passwords of 2018 revealed: Are yours on the list?

Besides the usual suspects among the worst of passwords, a handful of notable – but similarly poor – choices make their debuts. Password security company SplashData has released its annual list of the most commonly used passwords on the web, and the picture isn’t pretty. The number one spot belongs to ‘123456’, which is followed by another … More The most popular passwords of 2018 revealed: Are yours on the list?

UK’s National Lottery urges millions of players to change their passwords

The lottery’s operator has found that attackers probably used an automated method known as ‘credential stuffing’ to access up to 150 customer accounts. The United Kingdom’s National Lottery is advising all of its 10.5 million registered online users to change their passwords as a safety precaution following a security incident. The recommendation comes after the … More UK’s National Lottery urges millions of players to change their passwords