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Online exchange rate data provider Open Exchange Rates has exposed an undisclosed amount of user data via an Amazon database, according to a notification letter published on Twitter this week. Open Exchange Rates provides foreign exchange data for over 200 currencies worldwide, including digital ones. Software developers can access it using an application programming interface...
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Cyber-attackers have hacked the US Health and Human Services Department as America works hard to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 virus.  The intrusion occurred on Sunday night and is thought to have been motivated by a desire to slow the agency down and spread misinformation among the public. After compromising the department’s system, attackers...
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Two cruise lines operated by Carnival Corp have fallen victim to a cyber-attack. Carnival announced on Monday that Princess Cruises and the Holland America Line had both been hit by cyber-criminals in late May last year. Investigations into the incident carried out by Princess and Holland America revealed that an unauthorized third party had gained...
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Unsettling news for anyone who relies on smartphone voice assistants: researchers have demonstrated how these can be secretly activated to make phone calls, take photos, and even read back text messages without ever physically touching the device. Dubbed SurfingAttack by a US-Chinese university team, this is no parlor trick and is based on the ability...
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Hackers took over two social media accounts belonging to Facebook on Friday afternoon. Saudi white hat hacking group OurMine compromised Facebook’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts as part of a publicity stunt to advertise their own security services. After gaining access to Facebook’s socials, the hackers left a slightly misleading message that implied the Facebook...
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The UN suffered a major data breach last year after it failed to patch a Microsoft SharePoint server, it emerged this week. Then it failed to tell anyone, even though it produced a damning internal report. The news emerged after an anonymous IT employee leaked the information to The New Humanitarian, which is a UN-founded...
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The Twitter accounts of America’s National Football League (NFL) and 15 of its teams have been hacked just one week before the biggest football game of the 2019–2020 season. The first team to be compromised was the Chicago Bears, whose account @ChicagoBears was hacked at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Followers were shown an image of a...
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A forensic examination of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s mobile phone has pointed to it having allegedly been infected by personal-message-exfiltrating malware – likely NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus mobile spyware – that came from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s personal WhatsApp account. The United Nations backed up the allegation by releasing details of the...
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Patients of a hacked facial surgery company in Florida are being individually threatened by cyber-criminals, who are demanding money in return for not releasing stolen personal information to the public. The Center for Facial Restoration, Inc. (TCFFR), located in Miramar, became the victim of a cyber-attack in November last year.  In a statement published on the TCFFR...
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Two days after singing megastar Mariah Carey had her Twitter account hacked, the same fate has befallen American actor and comedian Adam Sandler.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, a hacker or hackers compromised the account of the Happy Gilmore star yesterday to post a string of racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic tweets. Several of the barely literate messages...
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Hackers have taken over the Twitter account of five-time Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey and used it to send sexually suggestive messages referencing rapper Eminem. Singing superstar Carey is used to being in the public eye, especially over the festive period when her massive hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is played the...
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