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Data Breach

September 16, 2019
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A misconfigured database has exposed the personal data of nearly every Ecuadorean citizen, including 6.7 million children.

The database was discovered by vpnMentor and was traced back to Ecuadorean company Novaestra. It contained 20.8 million records, well over the country’s current population of 16 million. The data included official government ID numbers, phone numbers, family records, birthdates, death dates (where applicable), marriage dates, education histories, and work records...

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September 6, 2019
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19 million Canadians are estimated to have been affected by data breaches between late 2018 and 2019, slightly more than half the population of the country. 

The news was released by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada after the passage of the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Data breach reports have nearly sextupled...

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September 5, 2019
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As much as I love this one friend of mine, nothing is private when we’re together. You probably have a friend like this. The relationship is really great so you stay friends despite all, but this particular friend simply cannot know something about you without sharing it with others no matter how hard you try to get them to understand it’s totally uncool. 

Facebook Is an Open Book

They did it again this week with ...

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September 4, 2019
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The CEO of a UK-based energy firm lost the equivalent of $243,000 after falling for a phone scam that implemented artificial intelligence, specifically a deepfake voice.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the CEO of an unnamed UK energy company received a phone call from what sounded like his boss, the CEO of a German parent company, telling him to wire €220,000 (roughly $243,000) to a bank account in Hungary. The target of the scam was convinced that he was speaking with his boss...

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August 23, 2019
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MoviePass confirmed a data breach that exposed customer data on an unprotected database. The incident included credit card numbers

Researchers discovered the database online on a subdomain of MoviePass with no password protection. The subdomain contained 161 million records. At least 58,000 records on the database contained customer card and credit card information, as well as names, email addresses, and what appears to be password data from failed login attempts. 

Multiple...

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August 15, 2019
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Hacker Paige Thomson, main suspect in the recent Capital One data breach, may also be responsible for hacking as many as 30 other companies and organizations. 

Prosecutors from the Seattle U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the discovery of data from more than 30 targeted entities in the bedroom of Paige Thompson, who was arrested in connection with the Capital One data breach. While the Office declined to identify the other potential victims, Israeli security firm CyberInt believes...

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July 29, 2019
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A software engineer in Seattle was able to hack into the records of a total of 100 million Capital One customers. According to reports, Paige A. Thompson tried to share the information with members of an online chat group. She was arrested by the...

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July 22, 2019
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Equifax has reached a settlement for the 2017 data breach that exposed the Social Security numbers and personal information of nearly 150 million people.

The proposed deal with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys representing 48 states would cost the company a maximum of $700 million and would bring to a close several investigations as well as settle all class action lawsuits against the company. 

$175 million of the...

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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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