Tag: data breach

The credit bureau agency Equifax publicly reported a data breach affecting about 143 million Americans on September 7, although the company was attacked months before then. According to Equifax, the breach was caused by a vulnerability in a website application, but no further details were provided. What does this mean for the security of your personal data? The Equifax hack has some serious consequences, because the credit bureau keeps a trove of personal digital information for millions of people. Information …

News of major retail data breaches are becoming commonplace – Home Depot being the latest in a long line – but consumers don’t appear to be changing their behaviors in response. A report by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of RSA was released Tuesday showing half of the 1,000 consumers surveyed had been the victim of a breach, but only 14 percent say a data breach would affect their shopping or banking behavior. The study suggests consumers have become desensitized …

We attempt to stay on top of cyber security and data breach topics here on the Online Tech blog, providing some industry perspective to news of large data breaches like those at Community Health Systems, P.F. Changs, eBay, Target and other unnamed victims. Of course, we don’t cover them all. We’d be writing nothing else. You’d be reading nothing else. Consider that along with reports today about Home Depot investigating a potential breach of customer credit card numbers, over the …

There’s a new leader on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Wall of Shame. A hacking group known as “APT 18” is suspected of stealing names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers from 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems, a network of 206 hospitals across 29 states (see map at right). Credit card numbers and medical records were not accessed. It’s the largest attack involving patient information since the HHS started tracking HIPAA breaches in …

Hold Security, a firm credited with uncovering significant data breaches – such as the one at Adobe Systems in October 2013 – has uncovered a record-breaking hack of 1.2 billion username and passwords from multiple websites. From the Hold Security website: After more than seven months of research, Hold Security identified a Russian cyber gang which is currently in possession of the largest cache of stolen data. While the gang did not have a name, we dubbed it “CyberVor” (“vor” …

There’s quite a brouhaha bubbling up Down Under. It all stems from a Sydney Morning Herald opinion piece written by the CEO of the Association of Data Driven Marketing and Advertising opposing the mandatory data breach reporting law introduced to the Australian Parliament by federal attorney general Mark Dreyfus. The CEO, Jodie Sangster, raised some eyebrows (and generated plenty of pro and con internet content) by referring to a mandatory data breach reporting law as “Luddite thinking” that would be …

Unauthorized activity on credit cards recently used at Jimmy John’s locations has led the sandwich chain to work with authorities on an investigation of a potential data breach. KrebsOnSecurity.com first reported on the issue Thursday, stating the chain “did not return calls seeking comment for two days” (not Freaky Fast) before issuing an email statement that it is “investigating the situation” and will provide an update “as soon as we have additional information.” Financial institutions contacted by KrebsOnSecurity.com witnessed “card-present” …

Ever wonder what your company’s CFO is most worried about when it comes to cybersecurity? We may have your answer. Dig deep down through Grant Thornton LLP’s bi-annual survey of CFOs and other senior financial executives for a pretty good hint. Right there on page 23 of the 28-page report: What are your business’s top cybersecurity and data privacy concerns? 59% — Potential for undetected breaches 54% — Customer/client data privacy 50% — Unknown and identified risks 42% — Employee …

Mom always said to choose your friends wisely. Maybe she was trying to protect you from a data breach. AT&T learned that lesson the hard way. From a statement released by the company : “We recently learned that three employees of one of our vendors accessed some AT&T customer accounts without proper authorization. This is completely counter to the way we require our vendors to conduct business. We know our customers count on us and those who support our business …

As another large U.S. retailer – this time restaurant chain P.F. Changs – suffers the impact of a data breach, results of a survey released Thursday show that consumers are firmly holding retailers responsible at a rate nearly that of the cyber criminals themselves. According to reports, thousands of credit and debit cards used at P.F. Chang’s between March and May are now for sale on an underground store. The chain told KrebsOnSecurity.com that it has not confirmed a card …

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