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A digital wallet app with millions of users has become the latest organization to be caught storing customer data in unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 buckets.  Researchers at vpnMentor discovered five misconfigured buckets containing the personal data of 14 million users of the Key Ring app.  The Key Ring app allows users to upload and store scans and...
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An American healthcare provider whose patients’ records were allegedly published online in a ransomware attack has told patients their data is secure. Affordacare runs an urgent care walk-in clinic network out of five locations in Texas. The organization was hit by a ransomware attack in February. In a breach notification published on the organization’s website, Affordacare wrote: “Hackers...
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UK businesses could be putting customer data at risk by having a low understanding of important data protection legislation. Research from IONOS has shown that 44% of IT decision makers in the UK do not have a comprehensive understanding of the US CLOUD Act. In contrast, 92% had a comprehensive understanding of the EU’s General Data Protection...
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Marriott International has today announced that it has suffered a data breach affecting up to 5.2 million people. The hotel chain says it uses an application to help provide services to its guests. Beginning mid-January this year, the login credentials of two employees at a franchised property were used to access guest information on this...
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Hotel chain Marriott International announced today that it has suffered a second data breach. According to an incident notification published on their website, the company spotted unusual activity occurring in an app that guests use to access services during their stay.  An investigation into the activity revealed that the login credentials of two Marriott employees had been...
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The majority of British people don’t back up their data even though they know how to do it. New research by Avast published today to coincide with World BackUp Day found that 42% of Brits do not back up their data and files.  Of those running the gauntlet of data loss in the event of theft, infection,...
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Personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to more than 4.9 million people from the country of Georgia – including full names, home addresses, dates of birth, ID numbers, and mobile phone numbers, including that of dead people – was published on a hacking forum on Saturday. That’s more than the current total estimated population: according to...
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Sensitive information about US voters was left exposed due to a data breach by the voter contact and canvassing app Campaign Sidekick, which is used by the Republican party in election campaigns. It has been revealed by the cybersecurity company UpGuard that an unprotected copy of Campaign Sidekick’s app’s code was mistakenly left freely available...
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Virgin Media could be liable to pay up to £4.5bn in compensation following the company’s data breach, in which the details of 900,000 customers were freely available online for hackers to exploit for 10 months. This has left the victims vulnerable to scams including phishing emails, account takeovers and identity theft, with the resulting compensation...
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Today is, wait for it, drum roll, please… …World Backup Day. You knew that already, didn’t you? So you’re way ahead of us here, with your backups neatly done and safely stored away. Or perhaps not, because sorting out your backups is a bit like taking the garbage out or washing the dog – you...
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A major cruise operator has suffered a data breach as the travel industry battles the storm created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Information from a database belonging to Norwegian Cruise Line was discovered on the dark web by an intelligence team at DynaRisk on March 13.  Data exposed in the incident included clear text passwords and email addresses used to log...
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Over half a million highly sensitive legal and financial documents have been leaked online by a US loans company after another cloud configuration error. Security researchers at vpnMentor led by Noam Rotem found the database in an unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket at the end of December. It appears to be linked to...
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A Florida company that offers guitar lessons online to millions of students around the world has suffered a data breach. Unauthorized access of TrueFire’s computer system went on for six months before the breach was detected on January 10, 2020.  In a data breach notification letter dated March 9, 2020, and signed by TrueFire Chief Customer Officer...
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An Illinois college is offering nearly free credit monitoring to over 1,700 current and former employees following a recent data breach. Officials at the College of DuPage confirmed on Monday that a cybersecurity incident had taken place recently.  College president Brian Caputo said that personal and tax information belonging to 1,755 staff had been compromised. Data exposed...
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A popular analytics platform has been secretly installing root certificates on mobile devices so it can suck up users’ data from its 20 or more ad-blocker and virtual private network (VPN) mobile apps, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation. Both Google and Apple have hosed down their app stores to cleanse them of at least...
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Researchers have discovered another big database containing millions of European customer records left unsecured on Amazon Web Services (AWS) for anyone to find using a search engine. A total of eight million records were involved, collected via marketplace and payment system APIs belonging to companies including Amazon, eBay, Shopify, PayPal, and Stripe. Discovered by Comparitech’s...
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You’ve assuredly heard this before about ubiquitous surveillance, or perhaps even said it yourself: “If you have nothing to hide, and you’ve done nothing wrong, why should you worry?” Zachary McCoy, of Florida, offers this answer: If you’re innocent, that doesn’t mean you can’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time, like going...
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UK telephone, TV and internet provider Virgin Media has suffered a data breach. Or not, depending on whom you ask. TurgenSec, the company that alerted Virgin Media to the breached information – or, at least, to the inadvertently disclosed database – says that it “included personal information corresponding to approximately 900,000 UK residents.” We’re not...
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A major data breach has occurred at Trident Crypto Fund, resulting in the publication of over a quarter of a million customer usernames and passwords online. According to a report published on March 5, 2020, by Russian media outlet Izvestia, the personal data of 266,000 registered Trident Crypto Fund users was illegally accessed when a database was compromised. ...
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Almost one million Virgin Media customers may have had their personal details exposed to hackers after a database was left unsecured online. The British ISP, owned by US cable group, Liberty Global, informed customers by email this week that the database of 900,000 users was accessible from at least 19 April 2019. Worse still, it...
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