Data loss

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450,000 usernames and passwords stolen from Coinmama cryptocurrency broker

Coinmama, a site that is supposed to “make it fast, safe and fun” to buy Bitcoins and Etherium with a credit card, has suffered a data breach that has resulted in almost half a million customers having their personal details breached.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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VFEmail suffers ‘catastrophic’ attack, as hacker wipes email service’s primary and backup data

There will be many angry customers of VFEmail who will be distraught at the thought that years’ worth of irreplaceable personal and business correspondence may have been wiped out. It’s understandable that some might turn their fury towards VFEmail.

But VFEmail is a victim too.


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Botched Mumsnet update allowed users to see details of strangers’ accounts

Popular British parenting site Mumsnet apologises after software update allows users to log into strangers’ accounts.


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Donald Trump’s ‘Executive Time’ leak – journalists retype documents to protect White House source

Such a leak is likely to anger Trump and the White House, of course, and so Axios had to be careful not to throw their source under the bus.


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Hackers hit Airbus, steal personal details of employees

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is investigating a security breach that has seen hackers steal personal information from its systems.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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B&Q data leak exposes information on 70,000 thefts from its stores, including names of suspected offenders

A database of 70,000 offender and incident logs was only supposed to be accessible internally within UK hardware store B&Q, but was instead exposed for anyone to access – no password required.

So you’d expect B&Q to fix this pretty quickly after being told about the problem, right?


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Angry ex-employee blamed for hack of WordPress plugin developer, and email to customers warning of security hole

Users of the popular WordPress translation plugin WPML (also known as WordPress MultiLingual) received an email from a hacker claiming to expose serious security vulnerabilities in the software that allegedly put the customers’ own websites at risk.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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The Collection #1 data breach – what you need to do about it

A huge collection of email addresses and passwords, which can be used in attempts to break into online accounts, has been discovered.

If you are one of the affected users, what should you do about it?


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Town of Salem hack exposes details of 7.6 million gamers

Just before Christmas, hackers managed to break into a database belonging to a popular online game and steal the details of over seven million players.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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German politicians suffer massive hack of personal details and private communications

The private communications, emails, contact details, mobile phone numbers, memos, and financial information of hundreds of politicians have been published online.


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2018 – a year of data breaches in review

Week after week, month after month, 2018 saw organisations and companies struck by massive and damaging data breaches, putting the personal details of innocent members of the public at risk.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Google admits Google Plus hit by *another* privacy flaw, speeds up site’s closure

Google has admitted that Google Plus suffered another security failure last month, allowing the personal information of 52 million users to be accessed by third-party apps and developers without permission.


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Smashing Security #107: Sextorting the US army, and a Touch ID scam

Fitness apps exploit TouchID through a sneaky user interface trick, tech giants claim to have a plan to banish passwords, and you won’t believe who was behind a sextortion scam that targeted over 400 members of the US military.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by ferret-loving ethical hacker Zoë Rose.


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Quora hack leaves details of 100 million accounts exposed

Approximately 100 million Quora users may have had their information accessed by hackers.


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Marriott warns of hack. 500 million Starwood hotel guests’ personal data could be exposed

There’s bad news if you’re one of the 500 million hotel guests whose data was included on the Starwood guest reservation database.


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Dell suffers security breach, reset customer passwords (but didn’t tell customers why until now)

Dell has revealed that earlier this month it discovered that hackers had breached its security and were attempting to access customer details – including names, email addresses, and hashed passwords.


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