AT&T Customer Data Breach

AT&T confirms inside job responsible for customer data breach

By on June 16, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

AT&T confirms inside job responsible for customer data breach

AT&T late last week confirmed that three employees of one of the company’s vendors accessed personal data belonging to some of its customers for almost two weeks in April. The company did not say how many accounts were affected during the data breach, or why it took so long to confirm it. More →

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P.F. Chang Credit Card Breach

P.F. Chang’s reverts to old-school imprint system following big credit card breach

By on June 13, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

P.F. Chang’s reverts to old-school imprint system following big credit card breach

Following Target, Neiman Marcus and Michael’s Stores, all major retailers which have been targeted by hackers in the past months, restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s China Bistro on Thursday confirmed that its payment system has also been breached, with credit and debit card data from some of its locations having been exposed. More →

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Internet Spying

This is what it’s like to be an Internet spy

By on June 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

This is what it’s like to be an Internet spy

Nefarious hackers are lurking around every corner of the Internet, constantly working on new ways to beat Web security and steal our data. Some methods they employ involve remote digital attacks that utilize security flaws to steal data from corporate servers. And sometimes they perpetrate physical breaches, as was the case with the major Target attack we saw last year. Large corporations aren’t the only targets though, and one reporter recently found out firsthand what it’s like to be an Internet spy. More →

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eBay Hack

eBay thought user data was safe, but 145 million accounts were compromised in massive hack

By on May 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

eBay thought user data was safe, but 145 million accounts were compromised in massive hack

EBay initially thought that user data was safe following the security breach it fell victim to recently. As it turns out, that wasn’t the case at all; as Reuters noted in a recent report, eBay has now confirmed that personal data belonging to all 145 million of its users was accessed and compromised in the attack, making it one of the biggest breaches of all time.

In other words, change your eBay password immediately if you haven’t already. More →

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iPhone Hacks

Hackers can digitally hijack your iPhone and hold it for ransom

By on May 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Hackers can digitally hijack your iPhone and hold it for ransom

If it wasn’t our devices and data at risk, it would be pretty fascinating to see the creative new ways hackers find to attack various systems. But it is our data and devices being compromised constantly by nefarious hackers, and their latest tactics use Apple’s own security tools against Apple device owners in one of the most devious hacks we have seen in quite some time. More →

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FBI Cyber Crime and Marijuana

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

By on May 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

You’ll never guess the critical resource the FBI needs to successfully fight cyber crimes

Weed. Apparently marijuana is the key to a bright, cyber crime-fighting future for the FBI, according to statements made on Monday by FBI Director James B. Comey at the annual White Collar Crime Institute held at the New York City Bar Association in Manhattan. More →

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How To Tell If Someone Hacked Your Computer

How to tell if any of your accounts have been hacked

By on April 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM.

How to tell if any of your accounts have been hacked

Internet users have obviously known for some time that hackers pose a serious threat, but we all got a shocking reminder when security researchers revealed the massive Heartbleed bug earlier this month. The OpenSSL security flaw affected an estimated 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery, and it may have exposed usernames and passwords on any number of popular websites. Big companies were quick to address the bug but as we learned recently, Heartbleed was around for years before companies started patching it earlier this month. As such, hackers had plenty of time to exploit the flaw and steal your login details.

Have any of your online accounts been hacked because of Heartbleed? Have hackers breached your accounts using other means? Thanks to a few free websites, it’s remarkably easy to tell if your data might be at risk. More →

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Hacking Study

State of the Hack: 43% of all DDoS attacks in Q4 originated in China

By on April 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

State of the Hack: 43% of all DDoS attacks in Q4 originated in China

The threat from hackers is very real and a new report shows that things are only getting worse. We recently told you about a terrifying new interactive map that shows global cyberattacks happening in real time. If that map seemed surprisingly busy to you, it’s because it is — a new study from Akamai shows that hackers attacked websites 75% more frequently in the fourth quarter last year than in the previous quarter. More →

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Michaels and Aaron Brothers Malaware Hack

‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customers

By on April 18, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

‘Highly sophisticated malware’ stole credit card data from 3M Michaels customers

After LaCie announced earlier this week it was the victim of a massive credit card breach that lasted for a year, crafts store Michaels revealed in a press release that hackers may have stolen credit card data for 3 million of its customers, including buyers that shopped at its Aaron Brothers subsidiary. The company has hired two independent security firms to conduct an extensive investigation, which revealed that payment systems in Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores were attacked by “highly sophisticated malware” that had not been seen before by either firm. More →

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Kickstarter Hack

Change your Kickstarter password right now

By on February 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Change your Kickstarter password right now

Kickstarter on Saturday acknowledged a hack that occurred on Wednesday night, advising users to immediately change the passwords of their accounts. According to the company, “law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers’ data.” Kickstarter says that “no credit card data of any kind” was accessed by hackers, and there’s “no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.” More →

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Gmail Hack Discovery

How to tell if your Gmail account was hacked

By on January 31, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

How to tell if your Gmail account was hacked

The recent breach of Yahoo’s Yahoo Mail servers is the latest in a string of high-profile hacks that have taken center stage in the tech media lately. It seems that no service is safe from malicious hackers, who constantly come up with terrifying new ways to steal your data. Of course it’s not just wide-scale hacks we have to be afraid of — our various online accounts are always at risk. Google’s Gmail service is hugely popular so it’s often a target for hackers on the prowl. And considering how awful our passwords often are, hacking into Gmail isn’t always much of a challenge. As Tech2 noted on Friday, however, there’s a pretty easy way to find out if your account was hacked without waiting for your friends to email you asking why you’re suddenly peddling Viagra on behalf of a shady Vietnamese pharmacy. More →

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Target Hack Investigation

Target hack not possible without some old-school theft

By on January 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Target hack not possible without some old-school theft

The massive hack that hit Target in the weeks before Christmas 2013 wouldn’t have been possible without someone actually stealing the credentials of a vendor, Reuters revealed. “The ongoing forensic investigation has indicated that the intruder stole a vendor’s credentials, which were used to access our system,” Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said, without revealing what was taken. More →

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Target Malware Origin

Target data hack only the beginning of massive, sophisticated attack

By on January 17, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Target data hack only the beginning of massive, sophisticated attack

The Target data breach may be just the tip of the iceberg in what seems to be a massive sophisticated attack on U.S. retailers that may have possibly originated in Russia, according to newly discovered evidence. The Wall Street Journal reports that federal and private investigators who are looking into the matter have discovered that parts of the malware used to hit Target has been available on the black market since last spring, and was written in Russian, leading them to believe the attack may have ties to organized crime in the former Soviet Union. More →

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