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Data Breach

July 17, 2019
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Canadian financial institution Desjardins reported a data breach that compromised the personal information of 2.7 million customers and 173,000 businesses.

The compromised data included names, addresses, birthdates, social insurance numbers, email addresses and transaction histories. The breach was reportedly the result of employee misconduct. Investigators believe an employee sold the data on the dark web. Evidence of fraudulent credit cards opened in customer...

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July 9, 2019
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The 2018 data breach of British Airways may prove to be a record-breaking data compromise with the announcement of a newly proposed $230 million fine.

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) proposed the fine under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) following the compromise of over 500,000 customers, including their login information, credit card numbers, and addresses. The fine is equal to 1.5% of British Airways total 2017...

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July 2, 2019
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The former CIO of Equifax has been sentenced to prison for selling his stock in the company before news of its 2017 data breach was publicly announced.

Jun Ying, the former Chief Information Office of Equifax U.S. Information Solutions, sold his shares in the company for over $950,000 ten days before the company admitted that its data had been accessed by hackers. He was sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay roughly $170,000 in fines and restitution.  

“Ying...

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July 2, 2019
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The former CIO of Equifax has been sentenced to prison for selling his stock in the company before news of its 2017 data breach was publicly announced.

Jun Ying, the former Chief Information Office of Equifax U.S. Information Solutions, sold his shares in the company for over $950,000 ten days before the company admitted that its data had been accessed by hackers. He was sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay roughly $170,000 in fines and restitution.  

“Ying...

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June 19, 2019
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The State of New York has passed a revision to its existing laws governing data breach notification requirements and consumer data protection.

The Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act updates security laws to broaden the definition of data breaches and create higher standards for businesses handling the personal data of customers. The legislation was...

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June 13, 2019
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Online invitation service Evite notified users about a data breach of user data that included names, usernames, email addresses, passwords, and mailing addresses.

The company disclosed the breach following the release of the affected data on the dark web. A hacker claimed to have access to 10 million user accounts. 

“We became aware of a data security incident involving potential unauthorized access to our systems in April 2019. We engaged one of...

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June 6, 2019
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HBO's hit series Game of Thrones is now history, but it will live on in the hearts, minds and social media interactions of its followers for some time to come. Before now the only thing GoT fans wanted besides a juicy spoiler was to know who would take the Iron Throne. How it all ended was something hackers spent significant time and effort trying to find out.

And while many (myself included) will continue to debate what the show "means," and will continue to ...

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April 4, 2019
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The Georgia Institute of Technology disclosed a data breach that exposed the data of up to 1.3 million people, including current and former students, faculty, and staff.  

The breach occurred in late March after what the school is calling an “unknown outside entity” gained access to a web application’s data. While the full scope is yet to be determined, the accessed data included names, addresses, Social Security numbers and birthdates.

This marks the second time in the past...

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April 1, 2019
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The email addresses and personal information of 982 million people were compromised in a leak from an unsecured database.

The database belonged to Verifications.io, an “email validation service” that aggregates and sells information about the validity and personal data associated with email lists. Security researcher Bob Diachenko found the information in an unsecured 150GB-sized MongoDB database.

“This is perhaps the biggest and most comprehensive email database I have ever...

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March 12, 2019
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Citrix, a major network software company, had its internal network compromised by what appears to be an international hacking campaign.

The company was alerted to the cyberattack by the FBI earlier this month.

“While not confirmed, the FBI has advised that the hackers likely used a tactic known as password spraying, a technique that exploits weak passwords. Once they gained a foothold with limited access, they worked to circumvent additional layers of security,” announced...

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