Data breach

    • Hackers gained access to Hotmail, MSN, Outlook

      Hackers gained access to Hotmail, MSN, Outlook

      On Saturday, Microsoft confirmed to TechCrunch that some users of the company’s email service had been targeted by hackers. A hacker or group of hackers had first broken into a customer support account for Microsoft, and then used that to gain access to information related to customers’ email accounts such as the subject lines of their emails and who they’ve communicated with.

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    • About 60,000 EU data breaches filed under GDPR

      About 60,000 EU data breaches filed under GDPR

      The EU’s GDPR regulation and its attached fines appears to be encouraging data breach reports, fundamentally changing the risk profile for organisations suffering a cyber attack, a new study shows. According to the research from DLA Piper over 59,000 data breach notifications have been reported to regulators throughout the EU since GDPR went into effect on 25th May 2018 - far more than figures previously released by the European Commission show. And even though data breaches are showing no signs of slowing, the number of fines imposed lag far behind.

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    • Cybersecurity's weakest link: people

      Cybersecurity's weakest link: people

      Six months, 945 data breaches, 4.5 billion records exposed - that is how the beginning of 2018 looked like. Compared to the same period in 2017, these numbers represent a staggering increase of 133%, data from Gemalto's Breach Level Index shows. Things didn't go well in the second half of the year or in the beginning of 2019 either, with breaches and cyberattacks continuing to escalate, reaching an all-time high in database leaks.

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    • Largest public data breach in history is a fact

      Largest public data breach in history is a fact

      Data breaches these days started to become more and more massive and thanks to Internet security researcher Troy Hunt the world has now officially witnessed the biggest one. The newly discovered “Collection #1" undoubtedly represents the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed. Furthermore, it is reportedly made up of individual data breaches from more than 2,000 databases, instead of representing a single, easily identifiable service.

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    • Thousands of EU diplomatic cables compromised

      Thousands of EU diplomatic cables compromised

      Hackers spent years infiltrating the EU’s diplomatic communications network and downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an unpredictable Trump administration and anxiety regarding Russia China and Iran. The operation was disrupted only after California-based Area 1 Security firm discovered hundreds of intercepted documents on the internet.

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    • Quora discloses major breach, 100m users affected

      Quora discloses major breach, 100m users affected

      About 100m users of Quora were affected by unauthorised access to one of its systems by a "malicious third party," the knowledge-sharing website said on Monday. It also disclosed that account information, including names, email addresses and encrypted passwords may have all been compromised. If a user imported data from another social network, like their contacts or demographic information, that could have been affected, too.

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    • Yahoo pays $50m in damages for massive data hack

      Yahoo pays $50m in damages for massive data hack

      Yahoo will have to pay $50m in damages as part of a settlement filed Monday, following massive data breaches in 2013 and 2014. In addition, the company will cover up to $35m on lawyer fees related to the case and provide affected 200m users in the US with credit monitoring services for two years via AllClear, a package that would retail for around $350. Finally, those who paid for premium Yahoo email services are eligible for a 25 percent refund.

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    • Facebook to buy cybersecurity company

      Facebook to buy cybersecurity company

      Facebook is reportedly looking to acquire a major cybersecurity firm following a massive breach that compromised data from 30m accounts. According to The Information, the company has approached several unnamed cybersecurity providers about potential acquisitions and judging by the sound of things, it is hoping to close the deal by year-end, which leaves just 70 days to get a deal finalised.

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    • Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

      Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach

      The United States' second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16m to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in US history, officials announced on 15 October. As they reported, the settlement between Anthem and the Department of Health and Human Services represents the largest amount ever collected by the agency in a health care data breach.

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