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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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August 13, 2019
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Facebook hired hundreds of third-party contractors to transcribe recordings of the site’s users, according to Bloomberg

The social media giant hired the contractors to transcribe audio gleaned from its Messenger app in order to ensure the accuracy of its artificial intelligence-based voice recognition software. It has since discontinued the practice.

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August 9, 2019
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Security researchers have announced the discovery of several election systems across the country connected to the internet that are vulnerable to hacking.

As a security policy, voting machines and election systems are supposed to remain disconnected from the internet, or “air-gapped,” unless they are transmitting data. This is to prevent the possibility of hackers connecting to them and subverting the results. Despite assurances to the contrary from Election Systems & Software,...

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August 8, 2019
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An unsecured database containing 40 gigabytes of data belonging to the Honda Motor Company was discovered recently.

The data contained employee information, including names, email addresses, and employee IDs, as well as sensitive network information detailing the security status of connected computers. Among those exposed in the leak was Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo.

“What makes this data particularly dangerous in the hands of an attacker is that it shows you exactly where the...

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July 30, 2019
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Consumer audio recorded by Apple’s Siri platform has been shared with external contractors.

A whistleblower working as a contractor revealed that the company’s digital voice assistant software records audio collected by consumer devices–including iPhones, Apple Watches, and HomePods–and shares it with external contractors. The recordings contained potentially sensitive information.

“A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are...

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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 25, 2019
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The U.S. National Security Agency announced the formation of a new Cybersecurity Directorate earlier this week.

Effective October 1, the directorate’a mission is will be the creation of a “major organization that unifies NSA’s foreign intelligence and cyber defense missions,” according to the agency’s website. It will be led by Anne Neuberger, the former NSA...

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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 19, 2019
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The Kazakhstan government is intercepting all HTTPS-encrypted internet traffic within its borders.

Under a new directive effective 7/17, the Kazakhstan government is requiring every internet service provider in the country to install a security certificate onto every internet-enabled device and browser. Once installed, this certificate allows the government to decrypt and analyze all incoming internet traffic. 

Kazakhstan ISP Kcell posted a...

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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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