12 12, 2019

California Water District Data Breach Exposes Credit Card Information

By |2019-12-12T20:58:23+00:00December 12th, 2019|

The Cucamonga Valley Water District, a water district in Southern California, is informing customers of a data breach that might have put their credit card information at risk. Water district officials said a server operated by outside vendor Central Square, which the water district uses to collect one-time credit card payments, was breached by an [...]

10 12, 2019

Why Local Governments Are Vulnerable to Ransomware Attacks

By |2019-12-10T17:29:07+00:00December 10th, 2019|

The highest profile data breaches and cyberattacks often involve big businesses with millions of customers. But private companies aren’t the only organizations that are vulnerable to cybercrime – local governments are also popular targets for criminals. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigation, 16% of all 2018 data breaches involved public sector entities including state [...]

6 12, 2019

SMS Database Leaves Millions of Text Messages with Personal Info Exposed

By |2019-12-06T19:02:59+00:00December 6th, 2019|

SMS communications company TrueDialog left millions of text messages exposed and unprotected in an online database that security researchers discovered last month, according to reports. TrueDialog is a communications company that enables clients, including private businesses and universities, to send text messages to customers, students and other individuals. The service allows message recipients to respond [...]

5 12, 2019

On the Border Restaurant Data Breach Affects 28 States

By |2019-12-05T19:42:17+00:00December 5th, 2019|

The Mexican food chain restaurant On the Border has announced a data breach that put customers’ payment information at risk in 28 states. On the Border officials said the breach, discovered by the company on Nov. 14, exposed customers’ personal information, including their names, credit card numbers and credit card verification codes. The breach came [...]

3 12, 2019

T-Mobile Data Breach Allows Hackers to Access Customers’ Personal Information

By |2019-12-03T16:55:53+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

Wireless carrier T-Mobile recently discovered a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of more than one million customers, the company recently announced. The breach exposed the personal data of customers with prepaid wireless accounts in which they paid a predetermined fee ahead of time for their wireless usage. According to T-Mobile, [...]

12 11, 2019

Capital One Cybersecurity Chief Out After Data Breach

By |2019-11-12T21:33:05+00:00November 12th, 2019|

The head of cybersecurity at Capital One has been removed following this summer’s data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 100 million customers. Michael Johnson has transitioned from Capital One’s chief information security officer to a new role as senior vice president and special advisor for cybersecurity, according to the company. The [...]

6 11, 2019

Recent Data Breaches Involve Instagram, DoorDash, Uber and Other Smartphone Apps

By |2019-11-07T00:12:04+00:00November 6th, 2019|

With all the recent data breaches involving smartphone apps, here is a compilation of breaches that might have put your personally identifiable information at risk: A white-hat ethical hacker reported an Instagram vulnerability in the login form and Sync Contacts feature that puts user accounts at risk. The flaw allowed a hacker to create fraudulent [...]

5 11, 2019

U.S. Officials Living Abroad Targeted in Hack Using WhatsApp

By |2019-11-05T17:59:02+00:00November 5th, 2019|

Top U.S. government officials living abroad have recently been targeted by hackers through Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging application. An internal investigation by WhatsApp found numerous U.S. officials in at least 20 countries have become victims of data breaches through hacking software through the app. The hackers allegedly took control of users’ smartphones in order to access [...]

1 11, 2019

7-Eleven Customer Data Exposed in App Security Breach

By |2019-11-01T19:38:11+00:00November 1st, 2019|

The 7-Eleven Fuel app suffered a data breach in Australia last week that exposed users’ personal details. The app uses customer location and pricing data to help drivers find the best gas prices at local 7-Elevens, and lock in the low prices by prepaying. A customer reported the breach to 7-Eleven when he discovered he [...]

31 10, 2019

Hackers Plead Guilty in Uber Data Breach Not Reported for a Year

By |2019-10-31T20:36:11+00:00October 31st, 2019|

Two hackers have pled guilty to stealing 57 million files containing customer and driver personal information from Uber, which company officials failed to report to police for almost a year. Hackers Brandon Glover and Vasile Mereacre recently plead guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion charges for their roles in a 2016 data breach affecting Uber [...]

2 10, 2019

Words with Friends Publisher Zynga Reports Data Breach

By |2019-10-02T19:18:40+00:00October 2nd, 2019|

Do you play Words with Friends? If so, your personal information might be at risk. Mobile game publisher Zynga has reported a data breach affecting more than 218 million Words with Friends players. Company officials said a hacker was able to access players’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, login IDs, Facebook IDs, and account IDs. [...]

27 09, 2019

DoorDash Data Breach Compromises About 4.9 Million

By |2019-09-27T20:46:48+00:00September 27th, 2019|

The food delivery service DoorDash has announced a data breach affecting about 4.9 million consumers, merchants, and drivers. DoorDash officials said the data breach occurred when an unauthorized user was able to access information such as consumers’ names, order histories, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers along with partial numbers [...]

26 09, 2019

White-Hat Hacker Finds Instagram Data Breach Put Personal Info at Risk

By |2019-09-26T18:16:47+00:00September 26th, 2019|

A white-hat ethical hacker recently found an Instagram vulnerability that might have exposed users’ personal information. Hacker @ZHacker13  found the vulnerability in Instagram’s login form and Sync Contacts feature. The hacker was able to put in phone numbers that the platform validated as linked to active accounts. New fraudulent accounts were set up using the [...]

24 09, 2019

Health Records of About 169 Million People Exposed in Data Breaches in Last Decade

By |2019-09-24T16:05:43+00:00September 24th, 2019|

During the last 10 years more than 169 million people in the United States have had their health records exposed, according to a new study. The study, published in the “Annals of Internal Medicine,” found that about 150 million people had their Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, and dates of birth compromised through data [...]

18 09, 2019

Ecuadorian Company Head Arrested After Leaving Personal Records of Almost Entire Country’s Population Exposed

By |2019-09-18T20:29:26+00:00September 18th, 2019|

The head of an Ecuadorian data analytics firm has been arrested after leaving the personal and financial information of almost the entire country’s population unprotected online. William Roberto Garces, general manager of Novaestrat, was arrested as part of an investigation into allegations his company left a server with the personal records of about 20.8 million [...]

27 08, 2019

Five Charged in ‘Largest Criminal Case Ever’ of Identity Theft Targeting Military Members and Veterans

By |2019-09-19T17:59:37+00:00August 27th, 2019|

Five men have been charged with stealing millions of dollars from military members and veterans as part of an international identity theft and fraud ring that used stolen personal information to gain access to Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs benefit sites. The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Frederick Brown, Robert Wayne Boling Jr., [...]

26 08, 2019

My Information is for Sale on the Dark Web: What Should I Do?

By |2019-08-29T00:46:32+00:00August 26th, 2019|

The numerous recent data breaches have exposed the personal information of millions of people and put them at risk of having their information bought and sold on the dark web. The dark web is where cybercriminals go to anonymously buy and sell information – such as names, passwords, credit card numbers, and Social Security numbers [...]

21 08, 2019

Coordinated Ransomware Attacks Take 23 Government Agencies Offline in Texas

By |2019-09-06T20:12:47+00:00August 21st, 2019|

A coordinated cyberattack has taken at least 23 government agencies in Texas offline. Most of the agencies affected by the cyberattack were smaller local governments, according to the Texas Department of Information Resources. The cyberattack has been tracked to a single threat actor. Officials first became aware of the attack when they had trouble accessing [...]

16 08, 2019

Credit Karma ‘Technical Issue’ Exposes Account Information to Wrong Users

By |2019-08-23T16:44:42+00:00August 16th, 2019|

Officials of the credit monitoring site Credit Karma are blaming a “technical issue” for a data breach that exposed users’ credit and personal information to other site users. Users began posting to Reddit and Twitter this week to point out the issue, saying when they logged into the site they were given access to other [...]

14 08, 2019

Apple Offers $1 Million ‘Bug Bounty’ to Hackers to Find Security Flaws

By |2019-08-23T16:45:47+00:00August 14th, 2019|

Apple is offering a $1 million “bug bounty” to any hacker who can take over an Apple device without being supplied information from the device’s owner. Apple Security Chief Ivan Krstic announced the $1 million bounty during the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas last week. The $1 million bounty is a significant increase [...]

13 08, 2019

The Dark Web is Booming: Is Your Info at Risk?

By |2019-08-23T21:38:50+00:00August 13th, 2019|

The dark web has been around for a long time, but it’s recently risen in pop culture — and for many people, it’s a relatively new concept. Increasingly frequent data breaches and cases of identity theft have put the dark web on our radars, but the subject remains strange and unclear to many people. As [...]

6 08, 2019

Capital One Hacker Might Also Have Breached Other Major Companies, a University, and a DOT

By |2019-08-23T16:46:01+00:00August 6th, 2019|

An ex-Amazon employee who hacked Capital One consumer data might also have breached information from Ford, British telecommunications provider Vodafone, and the IT company Infoblox along with Michigan State University and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Paige Thompson, a former Amazon Web Services employee, was recently arrested for hacking into Capital One’s customer information stored [...]

30 07, 2019

Ex-Amazon Employee Arrested for Hacking More Than 100 Million Capital One Customers’ Data

By |2019-08-23T16:46:29+00:00July 30th, 2019|

An ex-Amazon employee has been arrested for allegedly hacking the account information of more than 100 million Capital One customers. Paige Thompson, of Seattle, is accused of exposing customers’ personal information – including names, addresses, credit scores, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and Canadian Social Insurance numbers – and attempting to share the information [...]

26 07, 2019

Equifax to Pay Up to $700 Million for Data Breach

By |2019-08-23T16:46:46+00:00July 26th, 2019|

Equifax is expected to pay about $700 million for a data breach that put almost half the U.S. population’s personal information at risk. The credit-reporting firm is working to finalize an agreement that includes a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, numerous state attorney general offices, and a class-action [...]

25 07, 2019

FTC Fines Facebook $5 Billion for Privacy Breach of Users’ Data

By |2019-08-23T16:34:46+00:00July 25th, 2019|

Social media giant Facebook has agreed to a $5 billion fine – the largest in Federal Trade Commission history – for violating users’ privacy. The record-breaking fine comes after the FTC began investigating the company last spring after political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to almost 87 million Facebook users’ data without their permission. [...]

23 07, 2019

Sprint Confirms Second Data Breach of Customer Information This Year

By |2019-08-23T16:47:03+00:00July 23rd, 2019|

Sprint has confirmed hackers were able to access account information through the Samsung website late last month, making it the second time this year Sprint customer data has been exposed. The most recent breach occurred last month through a Samsung webpage that allowed customers to add a line to their accounts. Hackers were able steal [...]

22 07, 2019

8 Warning Signs You Might Be a Victim of Identity Theft

By |2019-08-02T17:10:16+00:00July 22nd, 2019|

Identity thieves use stolen personal information to open fraudulent accounts, empty bank accounts, and wreak havoc on their victims’ credit and finances. If you become a victim of identity theft, it’s important to catch it early. The sooner you find out your identity has been stolen, the sooner you can take action and prevent any [...]

17 07, 2019

British Airways and Marriott Receive Record-Breaking Fines for Data Breaches

By |2019-08-23T16:47:20+00:00July 17th, 2019|

British Airways and the hotel chain Marriott are facing record-breaking fines for failing to protect customers’ personal information in two separate data breaches. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office this month issued a $230 million (£183.4 million) fine – the largest ever imposed by the ICO – against British Airways for a data breach last year that [...]

11 07, 2019

4 out of 5 Physicians Report Cyberattacks as Health Care Industry Leads in Data Breaches

By |2019-08-02T17:36:47+00:00July 11th, 2019|

Four out of five physicians have experienced some type of cyberattack as health care continues to be the No. 1 industry affected by data breaches, according to a new report by the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils. The report highlights the increasing and costly trend of data breaches in the health care industry, [...]

8 07, 2019

Organizations and Businesses Face 500% Increase in Ransomware Attacks

By |2019-08-02T17:37:43+00:00July 8th, 2019|

Hackers are going after organizations and businesses with a vengeance as detections of ransomware attacks are up 500% this year compared to this time last year. The staggering increase in the number of detections stems from cybercriminals ramping up their efforts against organizations and businesses by preying on weak credentials, broad user access, and infrastructure [...]

28 06, 2019

Lawsuit Against Facebook for Data Breach Affecting 30 Million to Move Forward

By |2019-08-02T17:40:06+00:00June 28th, 2019|

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled a lawsuit against Facebook for a data breach that compromised the accounts of almost 30 million users can proceed. Facebook had sought to dismiss the class-action lawsuit on the basis that the company wasn’t liable as the victim of a cyberattack and the information obtained in [...]

27 06, 2019

9-Year-Long Data Breach Puts 95,000 Delaware Residents’ Information at Risk

By |2019-08-02T17:40:42+00:00June 27th, 2019|

About 95,000 Delaware residents have had their personal information compromised in a data breach at an insurance provider that lasted nine years, according to news reports. Dental and vision insurer Dominion National recently reported the data breach, which the company said began in August 2010 but wasn’t discovered until April this year. Dominion National found [...]

7 06, 2019

Protect Yourself as Another Data Breach Exposes Almost 20 Million Customers

By |2019-08-12T17:35:49+00:00June 7th, 2019|

Two U.S. medical testing companies are reporting almost 20 million customers have had their personal and financial data exposed because of a security breach at a third-party vendor. Quest Diagnostics reported 11.9 million patients have been affected by the breach with LabCorp indicating 7.7 million customers are at risk. The data breach occurred at the [...]

21 01, 2019

‘Collection #1’ Data Breach Leaks 773 Million Email Addresses and 21 Million Passwords

By |2019-08-02T17:54:13+00:00January 21st, 2019|

Last week, an enormous database of email addresses and passwords was publicly exposed on the internet, leaving hundreds of millions of people vulnerable to fraud, scams, and hacking attempts. The database, known as “Collection #1,” could be the largest recorded public data breach in history. First reported by cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt, Collection #1 contains [...]

14 01, 2019

A Year in Review: The Worst Data Breach News of 2018

By |2019-08-02T17:55:52+00:00January 14th, 2019|

Cybersecurity threats were a major theme in 2018, as last year saw some of the biggest data breaches in history. Security flaws and illegal hacks exposed the personal data of millions and shook up some of the world’s largest organizations. Ultimately, there’s no foolproof way to protect your personal data when it’s in the hands [...]

30 11, 2018

Massive Marriott Data Breach Exposes Personal Information of Up to 500 Million Guests

By |2019-08-02T17:58:26+00:00November 30th, 2018|

Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, today revealed its discovery of a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of up to 500 million guests. The data breach leaves Marriott guests vulnerable to account fraud, identity theft, and other criminal activities. Marriott says an unauthorized party has been accessing [...]

6 10, 2018

6 Common Credit Report Inaccuracies

By |2019-08-02T18:01:20+00:00October 6th, 2018|

The information contained in your credit report should be fair and accurate. After all, it determines your credit score and helps lenders, creditors, and other companies decide whether to do business with you. Unfortunately, credit report inaccuracies are extremely common. In 2013, the FTC reported that one in five Americans had discovered an inaccuracy on [...]

8 09, 2018

5 Password Best Practices You Should be Using

By |2019-08-02T18:08:34+00:00September 8th, 2018|

When it comes to protecting your online accounts, passwords are one of the most important lines of defense. Your finances, credit score, and identity are all protected by the passwords you keep. Unfortunately, many people practice poor password security, which can leave them vulnerable. While passwords aren’t foolproof against thieves and hackers, using good practices [...]

25 08, 2018

What to Do When a Debt Collector Calls

By |2019-08-02T18:09:01+00:00August 25th, 2018|

Getting an unexpected call from a debt collector can be an intimidating experience. Often, debt collectors will try to pressure you into paying them over the phone on the spot. But even if you’re swimming in debt, you have rights when a debt collector calls, and you should always do your homework and exercise your [...]

1 07, 2018

Free Credit Report Freezes Are on the Way: Here’s What You Need to Know

By |2019-08-02T18:10:45+00:00July 1st, 2018|

Following last year’s enormous Equifax data breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans, consumers were left wondering how to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft. One solution is credit freezes, which prevent thieves from using your credit to open fraudulent accounts in your name. But freezing your credit with all three [...]

17 05, 2018

Synthetic Identity Fraud Targets Children in a Long Con

By |2019-08-02T18:12:48+00:00May 17th, 2018|

Criminals with a lot of time on their hands are committing a con that can take years to pay off and sounds like something out of the future: Synthetic identity fraud. Instead of the traditional identity theft of stealing an existing identity from someone and posing as them, synthetic identity fraud criminals create a new [...]

12 05, 2018

Credit Card Lost or Stolen? Here’s What to Do

By |2019-08-02T18:13:16+00:00May 12th, 2018|

Your credit card is one of the most valuable items in your wallet, and you rightfully might feel frantic if it’s been lost or stolen. But unlike some other pieces of property, federal law protects your credit card. Replacing it might be a pain, but if you act fast you can limit the damage done. [...]

9 05, 2018

How to Protect Your Physical Documents from Identity Theft

By |2019-08-02T18:13:40+00:00May 9th, 2018|

Each year, millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft. It’s a serious threat, as thieves can use your personal information to open new accounts, claim tax refunds, file fraudulent Medicare claims, and more. Even if your identity isn’t stolen, thieves may try to use your personal information to gain access to your bank account [...]

4 05, 2018

Why to Always Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card to Avoid Fraud

By |2019-08-02T18:14:23+00:00May 4th, 2018|

Debit cards are one of the worst ways to use your money if you want your ID protected. Because it’s linked directly to your bank account, anyone with your card information can instantly withdraw all the money from your account. If that doesn’t scare you enough, there’s the fact that debit cards don’t have near [...]

4 05, 2018

How the Dark Web Can Threaten Your Credit and Financial Security

By |2019-08-02T18:14:54+00:00May 4th, 2018|

Despite an increasing focus on the importance of cybersecurity, organizations continue to lose consumer data to hackers and data breaches on a regular basis. It’s a widespread problem that will likely continue to grow and leave you vulnerable to fraud and identity theft. While you may know the basics of keeping yourself protected (not sharing [...]

30 04, 2018

3 Best Ways to Stop Your Credit Report From Being Hacked

By |2019-08-02T18:04:29+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Data breaches are just about a daily occurrence. Whether it’s at a hospital, business school, energy provider or any other business with personal data on file, hackers are finding more ways to steal information and possibly later use it for fraud. Checking a credit report each month to make sure thieves haven’t opened accounts in [...]

30 04, 2018

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards: Which is Safer for Online Shopping?

By |2019-08-02T18:05:07+00:00April 30th, 2018|

Online shopping offers convenience and great deals, but it also leaves you vulnerable to hackers and data breaches. Criminals are constantly trying to break into the databases of online retailers to access consumers’ personal information and debit or credit card numbers. You should take steps to protect yourself online, and that includes determining the best [...]

25 02, 2018

Protecting Your Kids from Identity Theft

By |2019-08-02T18:07:49+00:00February 25th, 2018|

Children are just as vulnerable to identity theft as adults, but they don’t have access to the same system of checks and alerts. By falsifying birth dates, thieves can use your child’s Social Security number to open credit cards, take out loans, apply for government benefits, and more. When it’s done to a child, identity [...]