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Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: February 2020

This month has been a mixed bag in terms of cyber security incidents. On the one hand, the 630 million breached records represents a massive drop-off from last month and brings the monthly average back down to about the same level as 2019. However, that total comes from a whopping 106 incidents, which makes February the second leakiest month that we’ve ever recorded. As always, we use this blog to … [Read more...]

How to defend against man-in-the-middle attacks

Amid the growing dominance of automated cyber crime tools like ransomware, it’s important to remember the dangers of traditional hacking methods such as MITM (man-in-the-middle) attacks. Let’s take a look at how MITM attacks work and how you can guard against them. What is a man-in-the-middle attack? Picture someone on their computer. When they visit a website, their device sends the instruction … [Read more...]

Misleading cybersecurity lessons from pop culture: how Hollywood teaches to hack

In pop culture, cybercrimes are often portrayed as mysterious and unrealistic. Hackers are enigmatic and have extraordinary tech abilities. They can discover top secrets in a short time and type at breakneck speed to hack into a database. In real life, though, hacking is not that straightforward. Hackers may have technical capabilities and high intelligence, but they are otherwise normal human … [Read more...]

Polish data protection authority issues €645,000 fine to online retailer

Poland’s Personal Data Protection Office (UODO) this week imposed a PLN 2.8 million (€645,000) fine on online retailer Morele.net for “insufficient organisational and technical safeguards”.  The data breach affected approximately 2.2 million customers who purchased products through one of the group’s nine websites.   The extent of the data breach The leaked data included names, telephone … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: August 2019

A glance at the numbers this month suggests that cyber criminals, like the rest of us, enjoy their summer holidays. The 114,686,290 breached records is infinitesimal compared to last month’s total and about 10% of the monthly average. However, the figure comes from 95 incidents, which is the biggest total we’ve tracked this year. Plenty of those breaches occurred in Europe, so let’s delve into a … [Read more...]

Cellular networks under fire from Soft Cell attacks

We place a lot of trust in our mobile experience, given they’re one of the most constant companions we have. Huge reams of data, tied to a device we always carry with us, with said device frequently offering additional built-in app functionality. An astonishing wealth of information, for anyone bold enough to try and take it. Security firm Cybereason uncovered an astonishing attack dubbed … [Read more...]

Hacker destroys VFEmail service, wipes backups

An email service called VFEmail was essentially put out of business after a hack intended to delete everything in (and out of) sight. “Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone. It will likely not return. I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they’d want to completely and thoroughly destroy it.” This wasn’t “just” a simple webpage compromise, … [Read more...]

Collection 1 data breach: what you need to know

Yesterday, news broke that the largest data dump in history had been discovered, with more than 770 million people’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) decrypted, catalogued, and up for grabs on the Internet. The files, which are being dubbed Collection 1, were originally found on cloud service MEGA, and later posted to a popular hacking forum. The Collection 1 folder contains more … [Read more...]

Marriott breach impacts 500 million customers: here’s what to do about it

Today Marriott disclosed a large-scale data breach impacting up to 500 million customers who have stayed at a Starwood-branded hotel within the last four years. While details of the breach are still sparse, Marriott stated that there was unauthorized access to a database tied to customer reservations stretching from 2014 to September 10, 2018. For a majority of impacted customers (approximately … [Read more...]

Web skimmers compete in Umbro Brasil hack

Umbro, the popular sportswear brand has had their Umbro Brasil website hacked and injected with not one but two web skimmers part of the Magecart group. Magecart has become a household name in recent months due to high profile attacks on various merchant websites. Criminals can seamlessly steal payment and contact information from visitors purchasing products or services online. Multiple threat … [Read more...]