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DDoS attack sidelines AWS DNS web service for hours

Amazon Web Services’ Router 53 domain name system (DNS) service was waylaid by a prolonged distributed denial of service attack earlier this week, affecting a number of online sites and services that rely on AWS. According to multiple reports, a flood of fake traffic disrupted legitimate attempts to resolve DNS requests to connect to Amazon…
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Woman accused of hacking Capital One indicted for alleged cyber intrusions, cryptojacking

A federal grand jury in Seattle yesterday indicted alleged Capital One data thief Paige Thompson in relation to a series of breaches and cryptojacking attacks that victimized more than 30 different companies. The indictment alleges that Thompson, 33, created a software program that identifies web application firewall misconfigurations while scanning the publicly-facing portion of servers…
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House Republicans ask Capitol One and Amazon for briefing on data breach

Republican members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Reform this week sent open letters to both Capital One and Amazon, requesting that both companies arrange a briefing with Congressional staff members regarding Capital One’s recently announced data breach. Last Monday, McLean, Va.-based Capital One Financial Corporation publicly acknowledged that an unauthorized individual…
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Imperva CTO: Breach caused by mishandled database migration

The data breach that recently affected certain customers of Imperva’s Cloud Web Application Firewall (WAF) product was made possible by a series of missteps as the cybersecurity company migrated to a cloud-based database service, the firm’s chief technology officer disclosed yesterday in a blog post. Collectively, these errors allowed an unauthorized party to steal an…
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Report: Recently breached Capital One reassigns its CISO

Capital One Financial Corporation is reportedly reassigning its chief information security officer Michael Johnson to an advisory role, less than four months after the bank holding company disclosed a data breach affecting more than 100 million individuals. Johnson will instead server as senior vice president and special cybersecurity advisor, TechCrunch reported, cited a Capital One…
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Capital One breach exposes not just data, but dangers of cloud misconfigurations

The massive Capital One data breach that compromised the personal information of 100 million credit card customers and applicants serves as a stark reminder that misconfigurations and malicious insiders can defeat the most well-intentioned cyber defenses, even when companies rely on a third-party cloud service to securely manage their data. In the case of Capital…
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Data management firm exposed client info on open Amazon S3 buckets: researchers

Data from Netflix, TD Bank, Ford and other companies was left exposed for an unknown period of time on publicly configured cloud storage buckets operated by data integration and management company Attunity, according to the research team that discovered the error. A researcher from UpGuard’s Data Breach Research team found the three publicly accessible Amazon…
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Hackers hold 275M records on Indian citizens for ransom after removing them from open database

One week after a researcher revealed a publicly configured database exposing more than 275 million sensitive records on Indian citizens, a hacking group removed that data and replaced it with an apparent ransom note. The 275,265,298 records appear to have been collected in a large-scale data scraping operation, according to researcher Bob Diachenko, who found…
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Privacy takes a hit, as storage bucket leaks cannabis dispensary POS data

A misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket was discovered leaking data that had been collected by a point-of-sale system used by multiple cannabis dispensaries, researchers from vpnMentor reported on Wednesday. The exposed bucket, which was found on Christmas eve and closed by Jan. 14, was found to contain more than 85,000 files. These included…
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Open database exposes 93K files on patients of substance abuse facilities

A misconfigured AWS s3 storage bucket reportedly exposed roughly 93,000 billing files that contain information on patients of three drug and alcohol addiction facilities operated by San Juan Capistrano, California-based Sunshine Behavioral Health, LLC. Patients at SBH’s Monarch Shores location in San Juan Capistrano; Chapters Capistrano facility in San Clemente, Calif.; and Willow Springs Recovery…
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