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Data Breach

December 17, 2018
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A bug on Facebook gave app developers unauthorized access to the photos of as many as 6.8 million users.

The bug, which affected Facebook’s photo API, was active from September 13 through September 25, when it was discovered by Facebook and fixed. September 25 was coincidentally the same day the company announced a massive security breach...

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December 4, 2018
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Email accounts of four top officials at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) were successfully hacked during the 2018 midterm elections.

The NRCC announced the hack on Tuesday through spokesman Ian Prior, and attributed it to “an unknown entity.”

“[U]pon learning about the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter,” said Prior.

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November 30, 2018
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Marriott announced an enormous breach of the company’s reservations database that may have potentially exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 500 million guests.

If you’ve made reservations at the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels or anywhere else that operates on Marriott’s Starwood guest reservation database...

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November 23, 2018
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Krebs on Security reported a security weakness that affected millions of USPS customers. The vulnerability in question allowed anyone with an account on USPS.com to view granular information about the site’s more than 60 million users.

In what has become an all too familiar scenario, Krebs on Security was contacted by a researcher who discovered the problem a year earlier. Nothing was done. A...

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November 7, 2018
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HSBC sent a letter to an unknown number of U.S. customers of the bank on November 2, notifying them that their personal information may have compromised in a data breach. The letter said that online accounts had been accessed by unauthorized users between October 4, 2018 and October 14, 2018.

The letter warned that information breached may include, “full name, mailing address, phone number, email...

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November 5, 2018
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The international soccer league FIFA announced it had been hacked earlier this year and is bracing itself for a potential data breach.

This latest cyber incident marks the second major successful hack on the organization, the first reported in 2017. That attack was attributed to a Russian hacking group alternately called Fancy Bear and APT28.

News of this new hack was made public after FIFA documents were published on a website called...

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November 2, 2018
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Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) has been law for some time, but new federal data breach and compromise notification requirements went into effect, today, November 1, 2018.

The main points of the law include requiring businesses to report a breach to the government if any individual’s personal information is compromised and the potential loss of data represents “significant harm” to said individual. Breaches must now be...

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November 1, 2018
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Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) has been law for some time, but new federal data breach and compromise notification requirements went into effect, today, November 1, 2018.

The main points of the law include requiring businesses to report a breach to the government if any individual’s personal information is compromised and the potential loss of data represents “significant harm” to said individual. Breaches must now be...

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October 31, 2018
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The U.S. Justice Department announced charges against ten Chinese intelligence agents for hacking into computer systems belonging to U.S. and international companies to steal aerospace technology and data.

The indictment, revealed earlier this week accuses agents working for the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security (JSSD) of conspiring “...

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October 22, 2018
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The personal information of roughly 75,000 people was leaked in a data breach of the Healthcare.gov system October 13.

The centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the breach October 19, after detecting “anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges,” but offered assurances that Healthcare.gov is still active and...

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