Articles about data breach

A Chipotle store

Chipotle: Hackers did to our registers what our burritos did to your colon

Fast-food chain Chipotle says hackers infected its point of sale terminals to gain access to card data from stores in 47 states and Washington, DC. The self-described "Mexican Grill" says that the malware was active earlier this year from March 24 to April 18, when it was detected, triggering the company to issue an alert. " …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017

Target inks $18.5m deal with US states to settle 2013 data breach

Target, the shopping behemoth for people who are too classy to go to Walmart, has today reached a settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia over the 2013 hacking incident that saw 70 million customers lose their personal information. In December 2013, at the height of the shopping season, the retailer announced …
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2017

Biz overlords need to give a stuff about what they're told by IT crowd

Companies that suffer a data breach can expect to see their share price fall by five per cent and watch two to three per cent of customers take their business elsewhere. Researchers at Ponemon looked at the share prices of 113 companies that had lost customer data, tracking their value from 30 days before their respective …
John Oates, 19 May 2017
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Gotcha, Tatcha! Thieves hide in servers to hoover up victims' bank card numbers mid-order

Cosmetics peddler Tatcha is warning customers after hackers were able to compromise its website and harvest payment card details as orders poured in. The US branch of the Japanese biz has been sending notices this month to customers whose card details were apparently stolen on January 8 of this year and discovered in April. " …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017

Bell Canada hacked: 2m account details swiped by mystery miscreants

Bell Canada said Tuesday 1.9 million customer account details were swiped by hackers – although stressed no payment card numbers or passwords were slurped. The nation's largest telco said it is working with Canadian police to figure out who was responsible for the disclosure of the customer email addresses, and phone numbers …
Shaun Nichols, 16 May 2017

Guardian Soulmates users spammed with smut following breach

Updated Lonely hearts on the dating website Guardian Soulmates have been targeted with sexually explicit spam emails after trolls abused leaked contact information. Guardian News & Media, which runs the site, blamed a third-party tech supplier for the issue, which has since being resolved, the BBC reports. Only email addresses and …
John Leyden, 8 May 2017
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Reservation biz Sabre books into the hacked hotel of shame

Travel industry giant Sabre’s hotel reservation system has sprung a leak: its software was compromised, potentially exposing people's payment card details to crooks. Sabre's hacked technology is used at more than 32,000 hotels and guest houses. The biz, which is headquartered in Southlake, Texas, admitted the security breach …
John Leyden, 4 May 2017
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IP Freely? Mr IP Freely? VoIP-for-suits firm battens down hatches after PBX data breach

Over the weekend FreePBX and PBXact users were warned of a security breach that spilled SIP credentials, potentially opening the door for fraudsters to make phone calls at the expense of small businesses that rely on the technology. Sangoma, the Canadian firm behind the tech, warned in an updated customer advisory that around …
John Leyden, 3 May 2017

Biggest security threat to US healthcare? Loose lips and lost hardware

US healthcare breach incidents have dropped off in the year to date after hitting an all-time high in 2016. During 2016, a total of 328 US healthcare firms reported data breaches, up from 268 in 2015 (the year of the Anthem health insurance mega-breach). A study by security firm Bitglass reports that the actual volume of …
John Leyden, 3 May 2017
An open door

HipChat SlipChat lets hackers RipChat

IRC-for-biz HipChat says a vulnerability in a software library used by its service allowed hackers to access private conversations and customer account information. The ytalk-for-suits maker said on Monday an attacker was able to infiltrate a single server powering its cloud-hosted chat service, and, in the process …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2017

Northrop Grumman can make a stealth bomber – but can't protect its workers' W-2 tax forms

Northrop Grumman has admitted one of its internal portals was broken into, exposing employees' sensitive tax records to miscreants. In a letter [PDF] to workers and the California Attorney General's office, the aerospace contractor said that between April 18, 2016 and March 29, 2017, crooks infiltrated the website, allowing …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017
Data breach

Large UK businesses are getting pwned way more than smaller ones

Larger businesses in the UK are far more likely to be victims of attacks than smaller ones, according to a survey by the British Chamber of Commerce. Nearly half (42 per cent) of companies with more than 100 staff have been hit by information spillages, hackers or malware attacks. This figure compares to 18 per cent of …
Team Register, 18 Apr 2017

Irish! data! police! are! preparing! to! whack! Yahoo! over! that! hack!

Yahoo! is set to get a spanking under European Union data protection laws for the biggest of the many megabreaches it copped to last year. The Irish data protection commissioner has stated that a probe by the office into Yahoo!'s megabreach of 2014 – the one in which more than a billion user accounts were affected – has almost …
Australian money at a crime scene

Cyberattacks wipe more than $50bn off big biz value, say beancounters

Severe cyber-break-ins permanently stripped 1.8 per cent off companies' stock prices, on average, according to a new study out today. Putting that 1.8 per cent drop in context, that dip represents a permanent loss of market capitalization of £120m ($150m) for a typical FTSE 100 biz, we're told. Eggheads at Oxford Economics in …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2017

Ofsted downplays site security concerns

UK school regulator Ofsted has downplayed security concerns about its website, adding that its policies will be further involved once a planned revamp is completed. El Reg learnt of the concerns from parent Oli, who approached us after failing to receive a response to his concerns either from Ofsted (Office for Standards in …
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2017

Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

Payday lender Wonga has advised 270,000 customers of a data breach and offered inconsistent advice about the severity of the incident and how to respond. An “incident FAQ” on the company's site says “We believe there may have been illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of our customers.” The Reg …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2017

iCloud extortion racket nowhere near as epic as we thought it might be

A threat to wipe millions of supposedly compromised iCloud accounts and iPhones has yet to materialise. A security expert who has analysed samples of compromised data has concluded that the threat – such as it is – only exposes a small number of accounts to potential credential-stuffing attacks. The self-styled Turkish Crime …
John Leyden, 7 Apr 2017
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World+dog had 1.4 BEEEELLION of its data records exposed last year

Almost 1.4 billion data records were compromised worldwide during 2016, a whopping increase of 86 per cent compared to the year before. The collective spill occurred across 1,792 data breaches last year, according to security firm Gemalto's latest Breach Level Index (BLI) report. Identity theft was the leading type of breach …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2017

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