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Just 13 – no, er, make that 3,200 punters hit in Oz's Perth Mint hack

A computer security breach at Perth Mint first thought to have affected just 13 customers turned out to be more widespread – with more than 3,000 punters now screwed over by hackers. Last week, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported barely more than two handfuls of users of the mint's online repository were hit in …

Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

Equifax was so unsure how much data had been stolen during its 2017 mega-hack that its IT staff spent weeks rerunning the hackers' database queries on a test system to find out. That's just one intriguing info-nugget from the US Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report, Actions Taken by Equifax and Federal Agencies in …
John E Dunn, 17 Sep 2018
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Cock-ups, rather than conspiracies, top self-reported data breaches

Data breaches at organisations that 'fess up to the UK's data protection watchdog are about seven times more likely to be caused by human error than hackers. According to data released under the Freedom of Information Act, 2,124 incidents reported by organisations in 2017-18 could be pinned on mistakes or incompetence. Only …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Sep 2018
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Chinese hotel chain warns of massive customer data theft

China’s largest hotel chain is investigating an apparent data theft that is said to involve as many as half a billion pieces of information. The Xinhua state news agency says Shanghai Police are investigating what looks to be a credible post on a darknet site advertising the sale of nearly 500 million pieces of data reportedly …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2018
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Error Canada: Airline tells customers to reset mobile app after attack

Air Canada is advising customers to reset the passwords on their mobile app after the airline detected a potential network break-in. “We detected unusual login behaviour with Air Canada’s mobile App between Aug. 22-24, 2018. We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to protect …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2018
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ABBYY woes: Doc-reading software firm leaves thousands of scans blowing in wind

Document-reading software flinger ABBYY exposed more than 203,000 customer documents as the result of a MongoDB server misconfiguration. The AWS-hosted MongoDB server was accidentally left publicly accessible and contained 142GB of scanned documents including over 200,000 scanned contracts, memos, letters and other sensitive …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2018

Footie fans calling for a red card over West Ham United CC email blunder

Fat-fingered staff at London football team West Ham United have upset some fans following a ticket confirmation email bungle. West Ham's email to away season ticket-holders confirming their ticket for tonight's (Tuesday) Football League Cup fixture at Wimbledon was CC'd to every intended recipient. The message should have been …
John Leyden, 28 Aug 2018
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Hi-de-Hack! Redcoats red-faced as Butlin's holiday camp admits data breach hit 34,000

Updated Holiday camp and British institution Butlin's has admitted 34,000 visitor records have been compromised. Guest names, holiday dates, postal addresses, email and telephone numbers have been exposed. Butlin's said payment card details are not at risk. The breach was the result of staff responding to a phishing email that posed …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2018
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Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

Dixons Carphone today admitted that the data breach it discovered last month affected nine times as many people as first believed. The retailer 'fessed up to the hack in June this year, saying that it had involved 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records. However, in a statement issued today (PDF), …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jul 2018

Robo-drop: Factory bot biz 'leaks' automakers' secrets onto the web

Yet another organization has allegedly been caught accidentally exposing more than 100GB of sensitive corporate data to the open internet. This time it's Canadian outfit Level One Robotics, which specializes in building factory robots for automakers. The exposed information includes, it is claimed, confidential documents …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jul 2018
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Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records

Hackers say they will leak patient and employee records stolen from a Canadian healthcare provider unless they are paid off. The records include medical histories and contact information for tens of thousands of home-care patients in Ontario, Canada, and belong to CarePartners. The biz, which provides home medical care …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2018
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Blood test biz LabCorp pulls plug on systems over hacker fears

Medical biz LabCorp shut down some of its systems last week after it detected "suspicious activity" on its network. A company spokesperson told The Register that, contrary to early claims the "entire network" was shut down and "millions" of records swiped, only its Diagnostics service was affected – the Covance pharmaceutical …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2018

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

Updated Capita has admitted a bug in an information management system used by 21,000 UK schools could have incorrectly linked contact details to the wrong pupils – an incident with huge implications for pupils' data protection. The error, which has been pinned on a December 2017 upgrade to the Schools Information Management System, …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2018
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Ticketmaster breach 'part of massive bank card slurping campaign'

The Ticketmaster breach was not a one-off, but part of a massive digital credit card-siphoning campaign. Threat intel firm RiskIQ reckons the hacking group Magecart hit Ticketmaster as part of a massive credit card card hacking campaign affecting more than 800 ecommerce sites. Magecart has evolved tactically from hacking …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2018
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Timehop admits to more data leakage, details GDPR danger

Nostalgia aggregator Timehop has revised its advice about the data breach it reported earlier this week. The news is bad in two dimensions, the first of which is that the company has found more data was accessed. Updates to its oops! post has now added “dates of birth, gender [and] country codes” to the list of lost …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2018

UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

Facebook faces a £500,000 ($665,000) fine from the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, for failing to protect netizens' info nor tell them how their data would be harvested by apps. The looming penalty relates to the social media giant's role in the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal – in which the personal …
Rebecca Hill, 11 Jul 2018
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Thomas Cook website spills personal info – and it's fine with that

Holidaymakers who used Thomas Cook Airlines had their personal information spilled onto the internet no thanks to basic coding cockups. Norwegian programmer Roy Solberg came across an enumeration bug that leaked the full name of all travelers on a booking, the email addresses used, and flight details from Thomas Cook Airlines …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2018

Insurers hurl sueball at Trustwave over 2008 Heartland megabreach

Security services firm Trustwave has been sued by insurers in America over the 2008 hacking of US payment processing biz Heartland. Lexington Insurance Company and Beazley Insurance Company allege Trustwave was "negligent" in failing to detect a SQLi attack, suspicious network activity, and malware associated with Heartland's …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2018

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