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April 8, 2019
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Multiple sales subsidiaries of Toyota Motor Corp. were breached in an apparent cyberattack that may have leaked the personal information of up to 3.1 million people in the Tokyo area.

Toyota announced the possible breach as being the result of “unauthorized access” to a network server containing customer information in late March, but explained that they were unable to confirm if any data was actually lost.

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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 3, 2019
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A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a thumb drive containing malware was arrested by Secret Service agents after gaining entry to President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort.

The woman, Yujing Zhang, initially claimed to be on the premises to use a swimming pool, but later said she had arrived early for a United Nations Chinese American Association Event when questioned by a...

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April 2, 2019
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A report issued by the British government has concluded that products developed and manufactured by the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei present significant security risks.

Assembled by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) and presented to the UK National Security Adviser, the report found that on a wide range of security issues related to both its software and engineering, Huawei has failed to maintain adequate protections.

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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 28, 2019
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency failed to properly protect the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of natural disasters.

A partially redacted memo issued by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security stated that FEMA released the personally identifiable information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as the...

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March 25, 2019
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The U.S. Defense Department Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has announced that it is building a secure voting system.

The $10 million voting system project aims to secure voting machines from hacking. With externally verifiable results, the project would help deter vote tampering and/or manipulation. The agency is working with a computer science and research firm called Galois, which develops secure systems for other government agencies...

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March 20, 2019
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A health company’s unprotected server exposed over six million health records in the last 12 months.

Meditlab, an electronic medical record company, left a server for electronic faxes completely unprotected since bringing it online in March 2018. This meant that any information transmitted between medical offices, including records, doctor’s notes, prescriptions, and patient names, addresses, health insurance information and Social Security numbers were accessible to outside parties...

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March 18, 2019
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Employment fraud is currently the most prevalent scam targeting consumers, according to Better Business Bureau report.

The scams primarily target job-seekers with promises of great job opportunities and high pay. One victim in Montana was approached by what appeared to be a courier service offering him more than $70,000 per year to purchase and ship consumer electronics.

After receiving payment to purchase and ship the electronics, the man was then asked to purchase some with...

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March 13, 2019
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Congress proposed a bill to improve the security of internet-enabled devices called the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019. 

The bipartisan legislation is aimed at establishing standards for any internet-connected device acquired by or used by an employee of the federal government. IoT devices have long been a weak point in the cybersecurity of agencies and...

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