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HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims

HSBC has admitted miscreants have probably made off with personal details of thousands of its online-banking customers. The bank submitted paperwork [PDF] to the California Attorney General's office late last week outlining its plan to notify folks of the significant data theft. California law requires that the AG be notified …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2018
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D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce

The Canadian government this week will be enforcing a strict new privacy law, with the term "enforcing" up to interpretation because the regulator says he can't enforce it. America's hat says the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act will be going into effect with the new data breach reporting rules on …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2018

Yahoo! $50m! hack! damages! bill!, Russian trolls menaced by Uncle Sam inaction, computer voting-machine UI confusion, and more

Roundup This week's headlines included buggy cranes, WebEx cockups, and DNS drama. Here are a few more bits of security news, prepared just for you. Lost money in a crypto-coin scam? Dear Leader Kim Jong Un thanks you for the donation With economic sanctions making it hard to move cash around, North Korean officials have been using …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Oct 2018

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

A much-hyped dating site for Donald Trump supporters in the US is being blasted for shoddy security that may have exposed all of its users to eavesdropping and account theft. Donald Daters pitches itself as "an American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike." The app, offered for both …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2018
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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

Someone has reportedly siphoned personal information on 30,000 or more US Department of Defense workers. According to anonymous sources at the Pentagon in Washington DC, an unnamed individual was able to access department travel records earlier this year, and would have been able to log employees' submitted personal …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2018

PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters

Experian's website exposed to world-plus-dog the PINs needed to unlock frozen accounts, allowing crooks to potentially apply for loans and credit cards as their victims. The credit-monitoring agency lets people freeze their account using a PIN that has to be submitted in when applying for stuff like loans: it's a mechanism …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Oct 2018

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

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

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