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Security in 2015: Biometrics

Warner presses CBP on security best practices for third-party contractors

After photos of travelers and vehicles crossing U.S. borders were nicked from a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) subcontractor through a cyberattack, and Suprema BioStar 2 exposed more than 1 million fingerprint records along with facial recognition information and other sensitive data, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., pressed CBP for details on how it ensures third-party…

U.S. sanctions North Korea hacking groups, says attacks funded missile program

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned North Korea Friday for ransomware attacks on the Swift interbank messaging system and other critical infrastructure targets that generated funding for the nation-state’s weapons and missile programs. The Treasury Department targeted three state-sponsored hacking groups – the Lazarus Group, whose WannaCry attacks wreaked havoc around the…


Israel reportedly behind spying devices found near White House, other sensitive areas

Israel likely planted StingRays found near the White House and other key locations in Washington to spy on President Trump and his advisers, the U.S. government reportedly determined, though the Trump administration took no apparent action to chastise its ally. “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” a Politico report cited a former…

Following cyber order from Obama, CISPA is back

Secret Service probing breach at federal IT contractor

Credentials and email messages pilfered in a breach of a federal government contractor that could be used to access the contractor’s systems and those of its customers – including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – were auctioned off in a Russian cybercrime site in August, prompting…

Defending the database

Monster.com job applicants info exposed on unprotected server

Personal details from resumes and CVs from job seekers were exposed after a server belonging to a recruitment company that was a customer of Monster.com and others was left unprotected. Monster.com which learned of the breach in August, did not initially alert potential victims to the exposure, contending that notification responsibly lay with the recruitment company…

419 million Facebook users info exposed, phone numbers and unique IDs

Unprotected databases are behind a leak that exposed information, including unique identifiers and phone numbers, on more than 419 million Facebook users – 133 million of those records belonging to users in the U.S. Security researcher Sanyam Jain, a GDI Foundation member, discovered the databases, which were not password-protected. The records were apparently scraped from…

Defending the database

Aliznet exposed database leaks data on 2.5 million Yves Rocher customers

Personal information on customers of French retail consultancy Aliznet were exposed through an unprotected Elasticsearch server. “The most sensitive leaked data involves [2.5 million Canadian] customers of Aliznet’s client Yves Rocher, an international cosmetics and beauty brand,” according to a blog post by vpnMentor, whose research team led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar discovered…

Leaks reveal the spy tactics which leveraged Wi-Fi in a major airport to track travelers.

Flight booking site Option Way exposed personal info on customers

A data breach at flight booking site Option Way exposed personal details on passengers and their flight and travel plans. Researchers at vpnMentor led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar were “able to access over 100 GB of data, a massive amount of customers’ unencrypted Personally Identifiable Information (PII),” including names, birth dates, gender email addresses,…

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