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Facebook will not notify more than 530m users exposed in 2019 breach

Company spokesperson said Facebook was not confident it had full visibility on which users would need to be alerted Facebook has not notified the more-than 530m users whose details were exposed on a hacker forum in 2019 and has no plans to do so, according to company representatives. Business Insider reported last week that phone numbers and other details from Facebook user profiles were available in a public database. The social media company acknowledged in a blogpost on Tuesday that “malicious actors” had obtained the data prior to September 2019 by “scraping” profiles using a vulnerability in the platform’s tool for syncing contacts. Facebook has said it plugged the hole after identifying the problem at the time. But a...

LinkedIn data breach of 500m accounts

Data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn users found for sale online

IDs, names, email addresses and more personal details are part of the massive database of stolen data, which could be used to launch additional attacks on LinkedIn and its users. A massive trove of LinkedIn account data has been found for sale online, containing 500 million user records including email addresses, phone numbers, links to other social media profiles and professional details. An archive containing data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been put for sale on a popular hacker forum, with another 2 million records leaked as a proof-of-concept sample. Reported by CyberNews researchers, the leak was posted to a forum popular with hackers by a user asking for a “four-digit $$$$ minimum price” for access...

88% Of Data Breaches Are Caused By Human Error

88% Of Data Breaches Are Caused By Human Error

A brand new report confirms what we have been saying for many years now. About 9 out 10 data breaches are caused by your users. Researchers from Stanford University and a top cybersecurity organization found that approximately 88 percent of all data breaches are caused by an employee mistake. Human error is still very much the driving force behind an overwhelming majority of cybersecurity problems. The study was done by  Stanford University Professor Jeff Hancock and security firm Tessian. The study “Psychology of Human Error” highlighted that employees are unwilling to admit to their mistakes if organizations judge them severely. Understanding the psychology behind human errors helps organizations to know how to prevent mistakes before they turn into data leaks. According...

New Dutch Data Breach Report Warns of Explosive Increase in Cyber Attacks and Stolen Personal Data

New Dutch Data Breach Report Warns of Explosive Increase in Cyber Attacks and Stolen Personal Data

New Dutch Data Breach Report Warns of Explosive Increase in Cyber Attacks and Stolen Personal Data The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) recently measured the number of reports of data theft in 2020 and the number of attacks skyrocketed. The report documented that it increased no less than 30% in 2020 compared to the year prior. Types of attacks that have been reported are centered around phishing or malware. It’s very concerning that cybercriminals are attempting to steal personal data. If successful, it can be very costly to you and your organization. The report also detailed specifics, including 1,173 reports of data leaks which tactics are used to steal personal data. 2019 compared to the previous year alone was...

SolarWinds security fiasco may have started with simple password blunders

SolarWinds Security Fiasco may have Started with Simple Password Blunders

SolarWinds security fiasco may have started with simple password blunders UPDATED: Many things came together to crack SolarWinds, but it may all have started with that classic mistake of leaking a lousy password. A SolarWinds third-party, public relations spokesperson, however, claims that the password incident had nothing to do with the major security breach. Many things came together to crack SolarWinds, but it may all have started with that classic mistake of leaking a lousy password. We still don’t know just how bad the SolarWinds security breach is. We do know over a hundred US government agencies and companies were cracked. Microsoft president Brad Smith said, with no exaggeration, that it’s “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world...

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