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Data breach compromises 64,000 Tomorrowland festival attendees

Threat actors managed to access the information of 64,000 Tomorrowland festival-goers who attended the 2014 event in Boom, Antwerp, Belgium. Personal information including names, addresses, age, postcodes, and genders may have been compromised in the incident although this may be enough information to commit identity theft and other forms of fraud. “The managers of the…
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Undisclosed number of TurboTax accounts breached

Intuit, the company behind tax preparation software TurboTax, said users’ accounts may have been accessed by an unauthorized party. Threat actors used usernames and password combinations obtained from a non-Intuit source after an undisclosed number of TurboTax accounts were breached in a credential stuffing attack. Tax returns from the prior year, current tax returns in…
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Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

A leaky Amazon Web Services storage bucket has exposed more than 752,000 applications requesting copies of birth certificates. A report yesterday by TechCrunch said the unsecured data set dates back to late 2017, but was just recently discovered by U.K.-based penetration testing company Fidus Information Security. The data is managed by a company that helps…
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Kentucky is 6th state to disclose leak of unemployment claims amid Covid-19

Kentucky has become the sixth state to disclose a data leak related to unemployment-related forms that has taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) on Thursday acknowledged that a vulnerability in its Unemployment Insurance Portal caused a data leak that allowed insurance claimants to view the identity verification…
Plans include an open standard that would shrink users' dependency on passwords.
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Biometrics and AI firm team up for first U.S. biometric database amidst criticism

Biometrics firm SureID and AI-startup firm Robbie.AI are teaming up to launch the first U.S. biometric database. SureID has a nationwide network of fingerprint enrollment kiosks while Robbie.AI uses technology to authenticate using AI-based facial recognition and behavioral prediction that could be combined to create a nationwide biometric databased for consumer focused initiatives, according to…
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NordVPN confirms 2018 breach

VPN provider NordVPN revealed yesterday that a third-party server located in Finland it had been leasing was accessed in March 2018. The company said the intruder was able to acquire an expired TLS key from the server, but otherwise no other data was endangered. The access was accomplished through an insecure remote management system account…
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Colorado, Florida & Ohio become latest states to disclose PUA program data leaks

Colorado, Ohio and Florida have become the latest states to disclose the accidental exposure of information belonging to citizens who applied to the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program as a means of seeking some financial security during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In all cases, the states said a very limited number of people inadvertently gained…
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2020 Predictions: Privacy

Dimitri Sirota, co-founder and CEO, BigIDSiri, Are You Listening? Overcollection of consumer data has been an issue for quite some time, but the introduction of smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Nest have exponentially accelerated consumer data collection, much of which is superfluous and lacking in value. Large and small organizations alike are…
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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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DNA companies vulnerable to phishing, privacy violations after attacks

A malicious server compromise recently confirmed by DNA investigation services provider GEDmatch serves as a reminder of the incident response challenges and privacy ramifications that companies face when they trade in sensitive data – in this case, DNA, the most personal of data – especially when such incidents create unique opportunities for targeted phishing campaigns. Owned by…
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