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Equifax to pay up to $425 million for breach in FTC settlement

Equifax will pay between $330 million to $425 million to a restitution fund for victims in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over a 2017 breach that exposed the personal information of 148 million people. The company came under fire for its poor security practices that had it missing an Apache Struts vulnerability responsible…

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Hackers leak documents stolen from contractor for Russian intel agency

Hackers reportedly stole 7.5 TB of data from a contractor for the Russian intelligence service FSB, and revealed details on several of its activities or prospective projects, including the collecting of information on users of social media services, Tor and P2P networks. The contractor, SyTech, has worked for FSB’s radio-electronic intelligence unit 71330 since 2009,…

FTC lodges new set of complaints against alleged cell phone spammers

Sprint customer data breached via Samsung website flaw

Threat actors gained unauthorized access to an undisclosed number of Sprint customer accounts via a compromised Samsung website.   “On June 22, Sprint was informed of unauthorized access to your Sprint account using your account credentials via the Samsung.com ‘add a line’ website,” the wireless provider said in a letter to impacted customers posted on Scribd. “The…

Data dump suggests that Evite data breach affected 100M accounts

A new addition to the data breach reference website “Have I Been Pwned?” seemingly reveals that more than 100 million accounts were compromised in this year’s data breach of the event-planning service Evite. “Have I Been Pwned?” founder Troy Hunt added a database of 100,985,047 affected accounts to his site on July 14, and in…

Premera Blue Cross to cough up $10 million to 30 states over data breach

Premera Blue Cross has consented to pay $10 million as compensation for a nearly year-long data breach that impacted more than 10.4 million health patients, the Washington state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced yesterday. More than half of those funds, roughly $5.4 million, will be allocated to Washington, and will be applied toward the enforcement…

Marriott hit with $124 million fine for 2018 data breach

The U.K. Information Commissioners Office (ICO) intends to levy a £99,200,396, or $124 million, fine against Marriott International in response to the data breach suffered by that company’s Starwood reservation data base in November 2018. Marriott reported the ICO’s intention to impart the fine, but said in a statement the company will use its right…

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