Researchers at Carnegie Mellon this week released a study showing how they were able to predict Social Security numbers by using statistical patterns and publicly available birth information. Alessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross, who plan to present their findings at this month's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, said they were able to correctly predict the first five digits of 44 percent of individuals born after 1988 and who died before 2003. The ease by which the numbers can be predicted could give rise to identity theft, the pair said. The problem can be fixed by the government moving to a "randomized assignment scheme." — DK
Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony has begun an investigation into an alleged cyberattack, which was reported to have resulted in the exposure of 3.14 GB of data in hacking forums, amid the emergence of different attackers claiming to be behind the hack, according to BleepingComputer.
BleepingComputer reports that vulnerable Openfire messaging servers impacted by the already addressed high-severity authentication bypass flaw, tracked as CVE-2023-32315, are being subjected to ongoing attacks aimed at ransomware encryption and cryptominer distribution.
T-Mobile has denied being impacted by a cyberattack in April that compromised employee information after VX-Underground reported that it had been notified by threat actors of the attack, which occurred immediately after the telecommunications provider was breached in March, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.