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Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

Starwood Hotels was hacked, card details compromised

In a letter from its president, Starwood Hotels in North America has announced that it suffered a data breach at many of its properties across the United States. The breaches started and stopped at different times, with some having happened last year and others as recently as this past summer. Starwood cites a malware intrusion affecting select point of sale systems as the cause of the data breach, allowing the hackers to access some customers’ credit and debit card details.

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MetroPCS website gave hackers easy access to 10 million subscribers’ data

MetroPCS website gave hackers easy access to 10 million subscribers’ data

It seems that poor security and engineering behind the website of US carrier MetroPCS would've allowed hackers to make off with the personal data of over 10 million subscribers. At least, until it was fixed just earlier this month. In a new report from Motherboard, it was revealed that a pair of security researchers discovered a bug in the MetroPCS website that left data including customer's addresses and their phone's serial number exposed to cybercriminals.

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TalkTalk reveals 157,000 customers’ data stolen in hack

TalkTalk reveals 157,000 customers’ data stolen in hack

Following TalkTalk's disclosure of a major hacking incident two weeks ago, in which it was said that data on all 4 million customers may have been accessed, the UK ISP has finally identified exactly how many people have been affected. Last week it put the estimate at under 1.2 million users, but fortunately the real figure is much less: exactly 156,959 customers. These people have had data including names, phone numbers, and email addresses stolen by those behind the cyberattack.

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Vodafone: almost 2,000 customers’ data stolen in latest hacking

Vodafone: almost 2,000 customers’ data stolen in latest hacking

Following last week's news about UK telecom TalkTalk getting hacked and the personal data on over 1 million customers getting stolen, mobile carrier Vodafone has revealed that it fell victim to its own cyberattack, with hackers gaining access to 1,827 customer accounts. The company says the data the attackers may have gotten away with includes names, phone numbers, and some bank account details.

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15-year-old arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

15-year-old arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

Last week, the UK telecom TalkTalk was hit with a cyberattack, and a short while later it revealed that a ransom had been made by an individual claiming to be behind the hack. The cyberattack was described as being “significant and sustained,” though later on it stated the attack wasn’t as bad as previously feared. Now a teenager has been arrested by law enforcement in Northern Ireland in connection to the cyberattack.

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UK ISP TalkTalk gets ransom demand after 4M users’ data hacked

UK ISP TalkTalk gets ransom demand after 4M users’ data hacked

The news broke this morning that the UK internet service provider and telecom company TalkTalk was the target of a major attack from hackers, with the personal data of some 4 million customers being stolen. While this could be the definition of a bad situation, it's already gotten worse. The London-based company has confirmed that it has now received a ransom demand from an unidentified party claiming responsibility for the hack.

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What are “State-Sponsored Actors”? Facebook confusion ensues

What are “State-Sponsored Actors”? Facebook confusion ensues

Facebook is sending out warnings - as of this week - to users that may be the subject of hacking efforts by 3rd party systems. The message their receiving suggests that they "may be the target of attacks from state-sponsored actors." What in the world could that possibly mean? This message is actually super simple and should very well have been simplified further before reaching the public. State-sponsored actors are just hackers sponsored by the government. Not the United States government (not in this case), but potentially harmful nonetheless.

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Report: Dow Jones suffered second, more serious hack

Report: Dow Jones suffered second, more serious hack

On October 9, Dow Jones revealed that it had been hacked and data belonging to about 3500 customers had been compromised as a result. According to a new report, a Russian hacking collective has breached Dow Jones in what appears to be a separate attack; the information comes from unnamed sources “familiar with the matter.” The hackers’ intent was to steal data for trading purposes, according to the sources. Three federal agencies are reportedly investigating the matter.

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Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Hackers have hit government agencies and private companies alike, and the instances of data theft and compromise are becoming increasingly severe. The risk of cyberattacks is ever present, and as such, the U.S. Navy has decided to restart teaching celestial navigation as a backup tool. The Naval Academy used to teach celestial navigation, but stopped in the 1990s, prompting outcry.

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Dow Jones hacked: customer data compromised

Dow Jones hacked: customer data compromised

The Dow Jones has revealed that it recently suffered a data breach, with its customer data being targeted. About 3500 customers have been affected as a result of the hack; the compromised data includes contact information and bank card details. Says the company, it does not have evidence that the data was stolen, only that it was compromised. Customers potentially affected by this will receive a letter in the mail with further information.

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Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

Google OnHub has Chrome OS inside

A group of developers opens up the Google OnHub smart router's software to find that it runs Chrome OS. That means the device is a Chromebook - or a Chrome... Hub... as it were. While it doesn't mean you're going to be connecting the machine to a display and using it as a Chromebox any time soon, it does mean that there's far more potential for this OnHub device than Google is letting on initially. This all points to smart home control.

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Scottrade reveals data breach affecting millions of users

Scottrade reveals data breach affecting millions of users

This past Friday, Scottrade announced that it had suffered a data breach potentially affecting millions of users. The breach happened some time between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, possibly affecting users who opened an account before February of last year. In a statement, the company revealed that it appeared only contact data was targeted in the breach — names and home addresses, namely. Concerns abound that the hackers may use the stolen data to manipulate stocks.

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