Data loss

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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More details on One Planet York app vulnerability don’t paint council in a good light

New information has come to light which makes it more difficult to defend York city council’s actions and communications in response to being told about a vulnerability in its One Planet York app.


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Did UK city council over-react to a vulnerability report in its recycling app or not?

Some in the computer security community feel that the council over-reacted by reporting the incident to the police.

I’m not so sure.


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Amazon warns customers it leaked their names and email addresses

What aren’t you telling us Amazon, and why?


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High Tail Hall data breach exposes over 400,000 furry fans

An online fantasy role-playing game where participants can dress up as buxom furry animals has had its user database leaked onto the internet.


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