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N.Y. regulators issued Equifax with a subpoena, per report

 Equifax was issued a subpoena from New York state’s financial service regulators in regards to the massive data breach the company announced last month, Reuters reported today. The regulators want Equifax to provide more information, which is about right since it seems like Equifax has changed the story several times since the first announcement. Specifically, Reuters states the subpoena… Read More

Millions of credit and debit cards may have been hacked in Sonic Drive-In security breach

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Beware, late-night snackers and fast food connoisseurs: Millions of credit and debit cards used at Sonic restaurants may have been compromised and put up for sale in “underground cybercrime stores.”

Security expert and investigative journalist Brian Krebs first reported the possible breach after he learned of multiple instances of fraudulent transactions on cards previously used at Sonic locations. 

When Krebs heard from “multiple sources” that cards used at sonic were being flagged for fraudulent transactions, he started to connect the dots. Around the same time, a batch of 5 million credit cards had been put up for sale on the “credit card theft bazaar” Joker’s Stash, one of the hacked credit card hubs that Krebs monitors.  Read more…

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Millions of credit and debit cards may have been hacked in Sonic Drive-In security breach

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Beware, late-night snackers and fast food connoisseurs: Millions of credit and debit cards used at Sonic restaurants may have been compromised and put up for sale in “underground cybercrime stores.”

Security expert and investigative journalist Brian Krebs first reported the possible breach after he learned of multiple instances of fraudulent transactions on cards previously used at Sonic locations. 

When Krebs heard from “multiple sources” that cards used at sonic were being flagged for fraudulent transactions, he started to connect the dots. Around the same time, a batch of 5 million credit cards had been put up for sale on the “credit card theft bazaar” Joker’s Stash, one of the hacked credit card hubs that Krebs monitors.  Read more…

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Equifax should be the breach that broke the camel’s back

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The Equifax data breach disaster is the last straw.

This can’t go on. 

We can’t let companies flout cyber security best practices and common sense, and we can no longer rely on Social Security numbers as a secure and discrete form of identification. Equifax hasn’t shared its own cybersecurity practices, but it’s fair to say even if they were indeed subpar, it’ll likely survive this storm longterm, even while victims suffer.

It’s time for some changes.

Equifax, a company best known for helping us check our credit scores and protecting consumers from identity theft(!) announced Thursday that it suffered a massive hack impacting 143 million Americans, that’s 44% of the population. The monumental security breach exposed millions and millions of personal data bits to hackers. Read more…

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"This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes," said CEO Richard Smith in a statement. Read more...

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Everything you need to know about the massive Equifax data breach

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The credit score provider Equifax announced Thursday that the personal information of more than 143 million U.S. customers were accessed by hackers between May and July. 

Hackers reportedly gained access to the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers, and other private information of millions of Equifax customers. The company also admitted it exposed credit card numbers of 209,000 customers. Yikes! 

“This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do. I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes,” said CEO Richard Smith in a statement. Read more…

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Equifax breach disclosure would have failed Europe’s tough new rules

 The US does not currently have a federal law requiring companies to inform the public about data breaches. Over the pond in the European Union it’s a different story, and Equifax could have faced stiff fines for not disclosing the intrusion more quickly. Read More

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What happened to Equifax today

Today was a terrible day for the 143 million consumers impacted by the Equifax data breach. Many of these folks had Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers compromised. And the credit card information for hundreds of thousands more was put at risk. Though it was uncovered by the company a little over a month ago, Equifax held off from announcing… Read More

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Equifax data leak could involve 143 million consumers

 Data leaks have become so commonplace that it’s incredibly easy to become numb to them, but credit reporting service Equifax announced a doozy today that when all is said and done could involve 143 million consumers. This is bad.
It was a treasure trove of information for the bad guys out there and included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances… Read More

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California made the ruling on Wednesday in a 93-page decision, declaring that affected victims certainly did have a right to go after Yahoo because, “All plaintiffs have alleged a risk of future identity theft, in addition to loss of value of their personal identification information." Read more...

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Lawyer up: You can now sue Yahoo over its massive data breaches

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If you were affected by the absolutely humongous Yahoo data breaches in recent years — and given they were so damn big, there’s a decent chance you were — you may be in luck. A judge just paved the way for affected users to sue the tech giant. 

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California made the ruling on Wednesday in a 93-page decision, declaring that affected victims certainly did have a right to go after Yahoo because, “All plaintiffs have alleged a risk of future identity theft, in addition to loss of value of their personal identification information.” Read more…

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Patient details being sold on the darknet points to a ‘troubling trend in the future’

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In a matter of clicks on the darknet, you can purchase the details Australians use for identification and to access health services in the country.

As reported by The Guardian, a vendor on a large darknet marketplace is illegally selling patient details in a listing dubbed the “Medicare machine.” 

The seller claims to get the data by “exploiting a vulnerability” in a government system.

For the price of 0.0087 Bitcoin, or A$28/US$22, buyers can give the name of the patient and their date of birth to the seller, who will provide a Medicare card number, IRN (individual reference number) and expiry date on demand. Read more…

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