Cybersecurity

July 2, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Some of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s luxury hotels have been hit by a credit card hack, according to data shared by several banks, which traced fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had been used at Trump hotels. “We have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation to determine whether it involves any of our properties,” a Trump Organization...

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July 1, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

An analysis from Vocativ has discovered that some of the information taken in the Officer of Personnel Management breach might be for sale on criminal dark net websites such as Agora, Alpha Bay and Nucleus. Vendors were charging between 50 cents and $10 per data set, Vocativ reported, meaning that if the entire trove of data went on sale, it would be worth $140 million, though only a fraction of the stolen files appear to be available...

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June 30, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Three weeks after officials said foreign hackers may have stolen sensitive government records tied to tens of millions of people, the Office of Personnel Management has shut down a system tied to the breach, essentially stopping background checks for new federal employees, contractors and others. The Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system “will be down for an extended period of time for security enhancements.”...

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June 29, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Chinese hackers have penetrated some FBI agents’ personnel files in a breach with potentially dangerous national security implications. The FBI, along with the Department of Homeland Security, is not only responsible for investigating the breach of the Office of Personnel Management by suspected Chinese cyber thieves, but is principally responsible for detecting domestic terrorist plots and foreign spies. The extent of the FBI...

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June 26, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Google has removed an extension from Chromium after privacy activists alleged that the extension allowed the tech giant to spy on users. The software uses a computer’s microphone to listen for the “OK, Google” phrase, which triggers voice searches. Open-source developers and privacy activists said Chromium was automatically downloading the “Chrome Hotword” extension, giving users no warning and making it impossible to stop the download...

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June 25, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

With 1.4 million people enrolled, California’s health insurance exchange plans to collect insurance data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays for every Obamacare patient. Covered California says the data-mining project is needed to measure the quality of care that patients get and to hold insurers and medical providers accountable. The plan raises questions about patient privacy and whether the state is doing enough to...

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June 22, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Ten planes and around 1,400 passengers of Polish airliner LOT were grounded June 21 after a hacking attack jammed the carrier’s systems, the company said. LOT’s computer system suffered an attack that left it unable to send flight plans to the aircraft before takeoff. Without this document—which details the route, weather and other important information—the planes were unable to fly. The issue, which took five hours to solve, meant...

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June 19, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (ticker symbol HACK), which offers investors exposure to the emerging cybersecurity industry, has surpassed $1 billion in assets under management only seven months after its inception. “Due to the steady stream of data breaches across the globe, cybersecurity remains a top-of-mind concern for corporate entities, governments and individuals,” said Andrew Chanin, CEO of PureFunds. “We believe that the increased...

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June 18, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Several Canadian government websites and servers were taken down in a cyber attack, with hacking group Anonymous taking responsibility in what it said was retaliation for a new anti-terrorism law. The general website for government services, canada.ca, as well as the site of Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, were among those hit. The government said the attack also affected email and Internet access but...

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June 16, 2015
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By Bryon Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros. Cardinals officials are suspected of breaking into the Astros’ team databases to gain access to information on statistics, scouting reports and trades. The FBI has served the Cardinals and Major League Baseball with subpoenas. Authorities suspect that Cardinals employees hacked the Astros...

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