Last year, after reporting on the hacks of Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Ashley Madison, and other major companies, I got curious about what it felt like to be on the victim’s side of a giant data breach, in a time when so much of our lives is contained in these giant, fragile online containers. So I decided to stage an experiment that, in hindsight, sounds like a terrible idea: I invited two of the world’s most elite hackers (neither of whom I’d ever met) to spend two weeks hacking me as deeply and thoroughly as they could, using all of the tools at their disposal.
A federal judge’s order earlier this month that California public schools turn a trove of personal information on millions of children over to two nonprofits has parents worried and privacy rights advocates outraged.
Here’s one that will be of interest to anyone that cares about computer security. Maximum PC recently spoke to John McAfee, the antivirus creator who became infamous a few years ago for his adventures in Belize, about his recent offer to help the FBI break into the iPhone owned by the San Bernadino shooter. McAfee hopes that by hacking the phone himself, Apple will no longer be compelled to create a backdoor.
You may be sharing more than just your playlists if you’re a Spotify Premium user — new reports suggest that a recent data breach has compromised “hundreds of Spotify Premium user accounts,” revealing email addresses and their accompanying Premium passwords.
A recent breach of 91,000 Medicaid patients’ information was discovered during a separate investigation into a state employee who was viewing Internet pornography at work, new audit reports reveal.
Cyber thieves who steal credit and debit card numbers are making millions of dollars in profits, fueling a global criminal enterprise marked by the high-profile data breaches of major companies such as Target and Home Depot.
Aviva-owned online-only insurance business Quotemehappy.com has informed customers that there has been a data breach at its website.
Quotemehappy announced that it had “recently” lost a “small number” of customers’ details, comprising “vehicle registration, email address, mobile number, landline number and address.”
Information on all 17,700 Kankakee Valley REMC customers was accessed in a cyber-security breach, exposing information ranging from names to REMC account numbers, according to the member-owner electric utility.
Magnolia Health is the latest healthcare provider to report a data breach caused by an employee responding to an spoofed email phishing scam. The data breach affects employees of Magnolia Health Corporation as well as those employed at facilities managed by MHC subsidiaries Kaweah Manor, Inc., Merritt Manor, Inc., Porterville Convalescent Inc., Twin Oaks Assisted Living, Inc., and Twin Oaks Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Inc.
No matter where you work, you don’t want to be told there is an “internal emergency” and you can’t use the computers, but that is precisely the situation at a Hollywood hospital which is a ransomware victim. The attacker demanded an exorbitant 9,000 bitcoin, which is roughly 3.6 million dollars, to unlock the computers.