Data Security

AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T has just acknowledge that it had a data leak, but unlike most security breaches, this one happened from within its own ranks. In a letter to affected customers, the US carrier informed them that an employee violated the company's strict privacy and security guidelines and obtained customer account information, which unfortunately includes social security and driver's license numbers.

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Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Remember the shellshock bug that caused a lot of hoopla in recent weeks? According to Future South Technologies security researcher Jonathon Hall, some of Yahoo's servers have been breached by hackers via the security vulnerability. The researcher took to Reddit to talk about his discovery, saying that he had contacted Yahoo before going public, but then had to eventually contact both the FBI and "several media outlets" before the company responded to his message. In its response, according to Hall, Yahoo confirmed the security breach.

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Google says thousands of pics were deleted in wake of celeb hacking scandal

Google says thousands of pics were deleted in wake of celeb hacking scandal

In the aftermath of a large hacking attack that saw the personal photos of many celebrities released on the internet earlier this year, Google has now come forward saying that "tens of thousands" of said images were removed from the search giant's services promptly after requests were made. This disclosure comes almost immediately after Google was threatened with a $100 million lawsuit from lawyers representing the celebrities who had their pictures stolen.

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Chase bank says 76 million affected in data breach

Chase bank says 76 million affected in data breach

Data breaches seem to be a daily occurrence of late, with companies left and right reporting they’ve been hacked. The latest puts the info grab a little too close to home, though, as JP Morgan Chase reveal they’ve been compromised. The scope of the breach makes it the largest we’ve ever seen.

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Lawyer wants to sue Google over celeb photo hack

Lawyer wants to sue Google over celeb photo hack

With the recent celebrity photo hacking scandal, iCloud was quickly pointed to as a reason for us seeing far too much of those affected. Apple was quick to respond by pointing out the breach occurred by brute force, and not as a result of their lax security. Now, a lawyer representing some of the celebrities affected, is suing Google.

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SALT offers security, ‘keyless’ phone entry

SALT offers security, ‘keyless’ phone entry

If you’re not using a pass code or other method to lock your phone, several entities will tell you that you’re doing something wrong. If you feel your smartphone needs to be a bit more secure, but don’t want the fuss of having to unlock it each time you use it, a new Kickstarter might be just your thing. SALT offers to let you protect your device, or just certain apps you don’t want people getting into, and all you have to do is carry a card.

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First Chinese iOS Trojan Xsser mRAT targets Hong Kong activists

First Chinese iOS Trojan Xsser mRAT targets Hong Kong activists

Protesters and activists these days have flocked to social media and mobile technology to circumvent censorship and blockades that prevent their message from reaching other people. But now the tables might have been turned on them. A new trojan malware called Xsser mRAT that infects iOS as well as Android devices has been discovered to be of Chinese origin and is seemingly targeting Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement.

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Study shows we’ll give up our children for free WiFi

Study shows we’ll give up our children for free WiFi

When you’re logging into a public WiFi hotspot, do you read the terms and conditions? Probably not, but you’re not alone. While it’s not clear what percentage of people aren’t reading the fine print, quite a few Britons in London recently gave up their first-born child for free WiFi, all because they didn’t read the T&C when logging in.

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FBI: Apple, Google data encryption goes too far

FBI: Apple, Google data encryption goes too far

The FBI isn’t too happy with Apple right now. They’re lumping Google in for good measure, too. Director James Comey says he is “very concerned” about the encryption methods Apple and Google use for their devices. Not because they are too weak, but because they are beyond his reach.

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Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Nationwide restaurant chain Jimmy John’s hacked

Another retail shop has been hit with a point-of-sale information breach. Jimmy John's, a nationwide sandwich shop operating over 1,900 stores, reports they’ve been hacked. Just like Home Depot and Target ahead of them, this one points right back to the point of sale terminal.

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Apple knew about iCloud security issues, Dev says

Apple knew about iCloud security issues, Dev says

The ongoing celebrity photo leaks all come back to one thing: iCloud security. The pics were allegedly snatched from iCloud, which has prompted Apple to shore up cloud storage security. A new report claims Apple wasn’t caught off-guard by the attacks, and knew about severe vulnerabilities as far back as March of this year.

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Netflix rejects Canadian regulator’s bid for customer data

Netflix rejects Canadian regulator’s bid for customer data

Netflix has pushed back against a request by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for what it says is confidential information on subscribers, as well as sensitive data of a potentially competitive nature. This follows an order for such data that was made last week by the regulator.

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