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Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People
on July 21, 2019 at 3:45 am
In more uplifting news, security researchers made an app designed to kill, to prove a point about the intense risks of internet-connect health devices, and the need for the companies who make them to stop ignoring them. Though people were quick to point out its security risks, we reminded you that if you’re worried about FaceApp, you’re going to panic when you learn about a little old app called Facebook. Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla. Though experts have warned for years that voting machines are insecure, companies and municipalities have been slow to upgrade and secure them—despite voting machines being listed as critical infrastructure by the US government. This week, software giant Microsoft announced it has developed a open source software that can help make voting machines more secure. After Slack was breached in 2015, the company reset the passwords of those whose accounts had been affected. […]
A new version of Firefox will warn you if your passwords were pirated
on July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am
The Bleeping Computer website is reporting that web browser Firefox should soon be equipped with a new function that will tell you if your personal data (e-mail address, passwords, address, etc.) The Mozilla team is gradually integrating its independent Firefox Monitor service natively into Firefox. The service, which lists every time e-mail addresses have turned up data breaches, can also directly ping users if an e-mail address is found in such a cull. The idea is to also provide warnings when a site or service being visited using the browser has recently been the target of a breach. The service will be integrated into Firefox 70 (the current version is number 68), and is actually an implementation of the Have I Been Pwned database, with which Mozilla is now collaborating. The Mozilla Foundation's project is thus not brand new, but the integration with its web browser will soon be a reality, as Firefox 70 should be released in the Fall of 2019. […]
Report: Equifax to Pay $700 Million in Breach Settlement
on July 20, 2019 at 5:15 am
SAN FRANCISCO - The Wall Street Journal says Equifax will pay around $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. Equifax Finds Additional 2.4 Million Impacted by 2017 Breach Equifax said Thursday that an additional 2.4 million Americans were impacted by last year's data breach, however these newly disclosed consumers had significantly less personal information stolen. The company says the additional consumers only had their names and a partial driver's license number stolen by the attackers, unlike the original 145.5 million Americans who had their Social Security numbers impacted. […]
In the cooler for the next three years: Hacker of iCloud accounts used by athletes and rappers
on July 20, 2019 at 4:30 am
A man from the US state of Georgia who pleaded guilty in March to breaking into the Apple iCloud accounts of sports and entertainment figures was sentenced on Thursday to three years and one month in federal prison – and ordered to pay almost $700,000 in restitution. Ford faced charges for hacking into more than 100 Apple iCloud accounts of professional athletes and rappers using a phishing scheme. "Using these spoof email accounts, Ford sent emails to victims containing misrepresentations about the status of their iCloud accounts, including false claims that the account had been locked or that a user was attempting to share a video file, and requested that the victims provide login credentials, including the account password or the answers to iForgot security questions," the complaint. Once he had obtained the login credentials of victims' iCloud accounts, Ford would access them and reset the passwords so he would have sole control. The court documents do not make clear whether the credit card numbers obtained were stored in files accessible through iCloud or were stored by Apple as an iCloud payment method. […]
Ransomware Attacks Aren’t Going Anywhere, Experts Warn
on July 20, 2019 at 4:00 am
Just this week, LaPorte County government offices were forced to pay $132,000 to hackers after a ransomware attack shut down part of the county's computer system. Cybersecurity experts warn ransomware attacks, in which data is held hostage until the victims — often private companies or government offices — pay a ransom fee, and other cyberattacks are becoming disturbingly more common. Hackers, who often gain access to computer systems through phishing emails with malicious attachments or links to infected websites, attack companies, school districts, colleges, courts and a growing number of local governments. "More than 20 local municipalities, cities, counties and state governments have been hit this year that we know of," Bush said. The Federal Bureau of Investigations advises victims not to pay ransoms to decrypt files, but a business analysis may find that it's the less expensive option in many cases, Cyber Leadership Alliance President Douglas Rapp said. […]