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Showcasing the Largest Stories of 2018…so far
Friday the 13th Recap of 2018 Cyber Scares

2018 is just over halfway done, but we’ve still seen a few large-scale hacks What better day to reflect on the biggest cybersecurity stories of the year than Friday the 13th. Did you know, Friday the 13th has been a notoriously unlucky day since the last supper over 2000 years ago. Under Armor Breach (My Fitness Pal) MyFitnessPal is a smartphone app that tracks users caloric and macro intake. It was a...

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Uber Paid 20-Year Old Hacker $100,000 to Hide Data Breach
Uber Paid 20-Year Old Hacker $100,000 to Hide Data Breach

Last year, Uber received an email from an anonymous person demanding money in exchange for the stolen user database. It turns out that a 20-year-old Florida man, with the help of another, breached Uber's system last year and was paid a huge amount by the company to destroy the data and keep the incident secret. Just last week, Uber announced that a massive data breach in October 2016 exposed personal data of 57 million...

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Sonic Data Breach Could Have Affected Millions
Sonic Data Breach Could Have Affected Millions

Sonic first heard about the data breach when its credit-card processor detected unusual activity on customers' payment cards. Fast-food giant Sonic has disclosed a data breach potentially affecting millions of customers. The chain has nearly 3,600 stores across 45 US states but as the investigation is ongoing, it does not yet know how many store payment systems were affected. KrebsOnSecurity first reported the breach, which Sonic discovered last week when its credit-card...

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Netflix Breach: Orange, Black, and Another Hack

How much would your organization pay in ransom to stop the early release of its intellectual property? Can you place a monetary value on a breach of this type? In the case of the weekend Netflix breach notification, they paid nothing. Does the breach of an entirely new season of Orange is the New Black actually hurt Netflix, or does it provide a low cost, unintentional and extreme promotion for one...

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InterContinental Hotels Group: Malware Hit 1,200 Locations

Investigators Eradicated Point-of-Sale Malware by March, IHG Says Intercontinental Hotels Group is warning customers that malware infected point-of-sale devices at 1,200 of its locations beginning in September 2016. That appears to be a sharp rise in the count of breached hotels that IHG reported in a February alert, when it reported that POS devices in restaurants and bars at 12 of its locations had been infected with malware (see Intercontinental Hotels Confirms...

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What’s the actual cost to a business of a data breach?

Cisco has released the 10th of its annual cybersecurity reports, leading some publications to scream that security breaches can cost businesses 20% of their annual turnover. If you burrow into the headlines, however, it becomes apparent that only a third of the companies questioned in the (admittedly substantial) survey claimed such a loss. Other reports place the value much, much lower – but nobody is denying it’s a problem or that it’s...

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Data breaches through wearables put target squarely on IoT in 2017

Forrester predicts that more than 500,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices will suffer a compromise in 2017, dwarfing Heartbleed. Drop the mic—enough said. With the sheer velocity of how the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks spread through common household items such as DVR players, makes this sector scary from a security standpoint. “Today, firms are developing IoT firmware with open source components in a rush to market. Unfortunately, many are delivering these IoT...

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330,000 Exposed in Oracle MICROS Breach

One of the top three global point-of-sale providers, MICROS which was purchased by Oracle in 2014, has been breached. This is quite the cause for concern, as MICROS is currently deployed in over 180 countries, to over 330,000 sites. Oracle did acknowledge security journalist, Brian Krebs, stating they had “detected and addressed malicious code in certain legacy MICROS systems.” While the company also claims that payment data is not at risk,...

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Is your virtualized environment at risk for a data breach?

You know a concept is solid when it grows from a good idea to a standard business practice. It can feel like the change takes place overnight, especially if the solution can quickly prove its ROI – a company adopts it, and suddenly, it can’t imagine life without it. When virtualization hit the data center, it quickly became the industry standard. Virtualized infrastructure helps cut data center costs, boost performance and...

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Yikes! The Average Breach Costs How Much?!

According to a study conducted for IBM by Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach has drastically increased. Ponemon conducted 1,500 interviews in over 383 victim organizations, for 16 different industries, within 12 countries. It was discovered that the average total cost of a breach is $4 million, which has increased by 29% since 2013. In Canada, that number has increased to $6 million, up 12.5% from 2014.   This $4...

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