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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...]

FAI hit with data breach

The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) confirmed yesterday that servers in its Dublin headquarters were breached in an external hack over the weekend.  In a statement released on Wednesday, the FAI said that the breach affected its email services, but not customers’ payment details or ticket sales as this information is stored offsite.   The FAI has hired a forensic computer scientist … [Read more...]

Plugin vulnerabilities exploited in traffic monetization schemes

In their Website Hack Trend Report, web security company Sucuri noted that WordPress infections rose to 90 percent in 2018. One aspect of Content Management System (CMS) infections that is sometimes overlooked is that attackers not only go after the CMSes themselves—WordPress, Drupal, etc.—but also third-party plugins and themes. While plugins are useful in providing additional features for … [Read more...]

Luas data ransom: the hacker who cried wolf?

In a terrible start to the year for Irish tram firm Luas, their site was compromised a week ago and adorned with a stark ransom warning: Click to enlarge You are hacked. Some time ago I wrote that you have serious security holes. You didn’t reply. The next time someone talks to you, press the reply button. You must pay one bitcoin in five days. Otherwise I will publish all data and send emails to … [Read more...]

Red Hen website suffers SEO spam compromise

If you’re thinking about checking out the website owned by the restaurant that asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave the premises, you might want to hold off. There’s some site compromise action afoot. Although the homepage appears to be acting in a perfectly normal manner, turning off scripts so you can see what’s happening under the hood provides a … [Read more...]