data loss

Woman who deliberately deleted firm’s Dropbox is sentenced

58-year-old Danielle Bulley may not look like your typical cybercriminal, but the act of revenge she committed against a company had just as much impact as a conventional hacker breaking into a business’s servers and causing havoc.

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

Sensitive data can lurk on second-hand hard drives

Birth certificates, photographs, names, email addresses, credit card details, social security numbers. All to be found on used hard drives for sale on eBay.

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

Smashing Security podcast #120: Silk Road with Deliveroo

Online drug dealers get busted due to poor OPSEC! People are still failing to wipe their USB sticks properly! A potential presidential candidate is outed as a former hacker! Flat Earthers! Pi! Empathy!

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Paul Ducklin.

Myspace has lost all the music users uploaded between 2003 and 2015

You cannot trust the likes of Myspace to look after your data securely. Use internet services to archive your content if you wish, but you’d be wise to have your own backup too.

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.

Three Equifax execs sold $1.8 million of stock days after breach discovery

Three Equifax executives sold a combined $1.8 million worth of shares just days after the credit reporting agency discovered a massive data breach.

But before it was made public.

David Bisson reports.

What’s worse than getting phished? Getting phished *and* sending a selfie of your Photo ID and credit card

Phishers are targeting PayPal users not only for their login credentials but also for selfies of them holding their ID and credit cards.

David Bisson reports.

Fraud ring that resold customers’ Apple data busted by Chinese police

Chinese authorities have busted up a fraud ring accused of stealing customers’ Apple information and selling it online.

David Bisson reports.

Companies keeping Bitcoin on hand in case of ransomware attacks

Companies are stockpiling Bitcoin just in case they suffer a ransomware attack and need to quickly regain access to their data.

David Bisson reports.

Ciphr blames rival company for partial data dump of its users

Ciphr, a company which offers encryption services for smartphone users, claims that a rival firm are behind a data dump of its customers’ email addresses and IMEI numbers.

David Bisson reports.

Kirk ransomware sports Star Trek-themed decryptor and little-known crypto-currency

“It’s ransomware, Jim, but not as we know it!”

David Bisson reports.

Hacking the hackers: Draft US bill would allow hacking victims to hack back

A U.S. representative has proposed a bill that would allow hacking victims to hack back their attackers. But is that a good idea?

David Bisson reports.

Operation BugDrop – hackers steal gigabytes of data from organisations, record conversations

Victims of the secret surveillance operation have included a manufacturer of industrial control system monitoring equipment, a human rights institution, and a scientific research institute.

David Bisson reports.

65% of IT professionals feel Shadow IT is compromising cloud security

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

How to create a robust data backup plan (and make sure it works)

With ransomware running amok, backups have never been more important.

David Bisson describes a strategy for safely backing up your data, and testing that your backup works.

GitLab down after it deletes wrong directory and backups stumble

GitLab, which provides a source code version control repository for software developers, has come a cropper after an employee accidentally deleted a directory on the wrong server.