Staples Credit Card Breach

Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach?

By on October 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM.

Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach?

Brian Krebs, the man who originally reported the Home Depot data breach earlier this year, now believes that Staples has been subjected to a data breach of its own. Krebs says that at least six banks noticed a pattern of debit and credit card fraud in several Staples branches, indicating that card data might have been accessed. More →

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Obama on Credit Card Security

Obama’s new order: U.S. government’s credit card security must be improved

By on October 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Obama’s new order: U.S. government’s credit card security must be improved

In the wake of the numerous sophisticated cyberattacks that managed to steal credit and debit card data from various retail stores in the U.S., President Obama on Friday signed an executive order to improve security for credit cards and payment systems used by the government, The New York Times reportsMore →

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Phone Bill Premium Number Hack

Hackers perfect a new way to steal money from unsuspecting basic tech users

By on October 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Hackers perfect a new way to steal money from unsuspecting basic tech users

Smart hackers who understand how always-connected devices work — and who know how to exploit the various security bugs found in operating systems — are capable of infecting mobile devices with malware that can of incur costs and/or steal data. They can do this using a number of methods: By grabbing personal data in sophisticated attacks targeting retail store chains and banks, conducting advanced online phishing attacks, or stealing money directly from ATMs, to name just a few of the recent security threats detailed by various reports. More →

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ATM Malware Hacks

The ultimate ATM heist still works, has netted hackers ‘millions of dollars’

By on October 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

The ultimate ATM heist still works, has netted hackers ‘millions of dollars’

In early January, and then again in March, reports detailed some smart ATM attacks that allowed hackers to steal money from malware-infected ATMs without requiring any access to the credit or debit cards used by customers. Instead, hackers managed to steal cash directly from the bank, after taking over the machines with special programs. This ultimate heist appears to still be working, The Register reports, as hackers are still using the practice that has netted them “millions of dollars.” More →

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Home Depot Credit Card Theft

Home Depot appears to be the next victim of massive credit card theft

By on September 3, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Home Depot appears to be the next victim of massive credit card theft

Home Depot might be the next victim of a massive cyberattack, Krebs on Security and The Wall Street Journal report, although specific details have not been offered by the company yet. More →

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JPMorgan Bank Cyberattack Details

JPMorgan and other banks hit with mysterious ‘sophisticated cyberattack’

By on August 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

JPMorgan and other banks hit with mysterious ‘sophisticated cyberattack’

JPMorgan and at least four other unnamed U.S. banks have been targeted by hackers, The New York Times and Bloomberg report, although it’s not clear what the purpose of this “sophisticated cyberattack” really was. More →

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Top 8 Worst Security Breaches

Is your data really safe? These are the 8 worst security breaches in history

By on August 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Is your data really safe? These are the 8 worst security breaches in history

Can your online data ever really be safe? Not when malicious hackers are lurking around every virtual corner, constantly developing devious new ways to steal sensitive data including passwords and credit card information. Online security is constantly improving, of course, but even the biggest companies in the world are susceptible to security breaches. And the sad truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can do to protect your data once it’s stored on a company’s servers.

In case that harsh realization isn’t scary enough on its own, a new graphic helps remind us of the eight worst online security breaches in recent history. More →

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Russian Hackers Internet Login Heist

Russian hackers have stolen an astonishing 1.2 billion login credentials

By on August 6, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Russian hackers have stolen an astonishing 1.2 billion login credentials

Less than a dozen young  Russian hackers have “audited the Internet,” as one security researcher told The New York Times, and have stolen a massive amount of usernames and password combinations that are used for login purposes on hundreds of thousands of websites. Instead of selling them on the black market, the hackers are apparently using them to sell spamming services to interested parties. More →

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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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