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2.8 million CenturyLink customer records exposed by unprotected database

A third-party MongoDB database containing 2.8 million CenturyLink customer records and information was left unprotected exposing the data of several hundred thousand of the tech company’s customers. The database was found by the security firm Comparitech working with security researcher Bob Diachenko. The initial finding took place on September 15, but it is believed the…

Hacker behind Montgomery County school data breach identified

A Montgomery County, Md., high school student earlier this month hacked into the Naviance college prep system and downloaded and shared the PII from about 1,400 fellow students. The initial investigation using information provided by Naviance led the school district to initially suspect two students. On October 7 the Montgomery County Police Department was brought…

Baltimore belatedly buys cyberinsurance

In what could be the poster child case for closing the barn door after the horse has left, the Baltimore City Council has approved the purchase of cyber insurance, six months after the municipality suffered a damaging ransomware attack. The Baltimore Sun reported the city conducted a bidding process and selected two plans. “The first…

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Report: Hacker steals Dutch prostitution forum data

Hookers.nl, a Dutch online forum for prostitutes, escorts and their clientele, has reportedly suffered a data breach that has exposed the details of 250,000 users, whose data is being offered for sale. Compromised information includes email addresses, usernames, IP addresses and passwords. Usernames are typically aliases but certain real names can likely be derived from…

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…

Stolen credentials used to access TransUnion Canada’s consumer credit files

A malicious actor used stolen credentials to access a web portal operated by credit reporting agency TransUnion Canada and then used that portal to access consumer files. This week, BleepingComputer posted a report containing scanned images of a disclosure notification that TransUnion Canada has begun mailing out to affected consumers. The notification, dated Sept. 19,…

Health, personal data of 1 million New Zealanders exposed in series of intrusions

The medical and personal information of about 1 million people was exposed after a breach of Tū Ora Compass Health, a primary health organization (PHO) located in New Zealand. The non-governmental organization (NGO) discovered four intrusions – by what Ministry of Health Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said were two hacktivists and two “more sophisticated…

Data on 92M Brazilians found for sale on underground forums

Several members-only dark web forums are reportedly auctioning what appears to be a stolen government database featuring the personal information of 92 million Brazilian citizens. The 16GB SQL database contains such information as name, birth date, mother’s name, gender and tax details including taxpayer IDs, according to BleepingComputer, which credits the discovery to a researcher…

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Hy-Vee details 2019 POS data breach incident

Mid-Western supermarket chain Hy-Vee issued an update regarding the POS data breach it reported in August, including when it happened on the locations involved. Hy-Vee said in an October 3 release that unauthorized access was detected on July 29, 2019 and focused on Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants at Hy-Vee Market Grilles,…

Evidence tying Cobalt Group to Magecart Group 4 unveiled

The security firms Malwarebytes and HYAS have strung together several pieces of evidence that they believe tie Magecart Group 4 to the Cobalt Group. The two companies found that the Cobalt Group and Magecart Group 4 have several overarching similarities, such as the use of advanced techniques during their attacks and a history with banking…

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