18 Feb 2019

Where’s the Equifax Data? Does It Matter?

According to a recent report by CNBC, the data on almost 150 million people that was compromised in the 2017 Equifax data breach has never been published or put for sale on the Dark Web, as usually happens when threat actors steal data for financial gain. Therefore, cyber security experts consider it very

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15 Feb 2019

Collection of 127 Million Stolen Accounts Up for Sale on the Dark Web

A threat actor using the moniker “gnosticplayers” has put two large collections of stolen data for sale on a dark web marketplace this week. The first batch contained 620 million records that were obtained by breaching 16 companies. Another batch of 127 million files was put up for sale a few days after

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15 Feb 2019

The year 2018 was the second most active year on record for data breaches, report says

According to a new report by Risk Based Security, 3.2% fewer data breaches took place in 2018 compared to the year before and the number of exposed records decreased 35.9%, from 7.9 billion in 2017 to 5 billion last year. However, the company said that not all data breaches from 2018 have

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14 Feb 2019

80 Percent of U.S. Businesses Expect a Critical Breach in 2019

A new study by Trend Micro and The Ponemon Institute indicates that IT business leaders consider cyberattacks among the biggest threats to their organizations. A whopping 8 out of 10 respondents in the study fear that their business will suffer a critical security breach or cyberattack this year. The Cyber Risk Index

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05 Feb 2019

Exposed Consumer Data Skyrocketed 126% in 2018

According to a new report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), around 446.5 million sensitive consumer records were exposed in 2018. This is a 126% increase compared to 2017, when the number of exposed records containing personally identifiable information (PII) was about 197.6 million. However, 2018 did see 23%

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05 Feb 2019

‘Collection #1’ Data Dump Hacker Identified

Security researchers with Recorded Future are claiming that a hacker by the monikor “C0rpz” first created and distributed the enormous “Collection #1” database containing about 773 million stolen records, which was discovered on an underground forum on January 17. While various other hackers have presented themselves as the original creators and sellers of

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04 Feb 2019

OODA: both a philosophy and a company on the rise

Bob Gourley and Matt Devost, co-founders of OODA LLC, recently made an appearance on Federal News Radio’s What’s Working in Washington. In the interview, Bob Gourley explained how the problem of breach fatigue may lead to the national security implications of certain data breaches being ignored: “[W]e’ve become numb to all these

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04 Feb 2019

Home Improvement Site Houzz Suffers Data Breach

Houzz, a popular home improvement website with headquarters in California, suffered a data breach in December 2018. It is unknown how many of the website’s 40 million members are affected, but the compromised information may include first and last names, city, state, country, IP addresses, one-way encrypted passwords and user

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01 Feb 2019

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Two weeks ago, news broke of a massive data leak in which nearly 773 million records where exposed. As it turns out, that data set, dubbed Collection #1, was only one part of a much larger collection of compromised records from multiple data breaches. Security researchers have found an enormous database labeled

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31 Jan 2019

Airbus Data Breach Exposes Employee Credentials, Professional Contact Details

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has suffered a data breach in which threat actors have accessed data on the company’s “Commercial Aircraft business” systems. The information was described by the firm as “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.” The company has launched an

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