Company Leaves 752,000 Birth Certificate Copy Applications Publicly Exposed on Amazon Cloud Account

A US online firm that helps customers obtain copies of their birth certificates from state and local authorities left some 750,000 applications on an unsecured Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage system, TechCrunch reported on Monday. Read More >>

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OnePlus Confirms a Second Data Breach in as Many Years

OnePlus warns customers that their personal details "may have been exposed" but that payment details, passwords, and accounts are safe. Read More >>

Words With Friends Data Allegedly Stolen in Breach That Could Affect 218 Million Users

One of the most popular mobile games in the United States has reportedly been breached by a prolific hacker. Read More >>

Stop Using Hijacked Passwords That Google Already Told You Were Bad

In February, Google did us lazy bums a favour by adding a Password Checkup extension for Chrome. The way it works is the extension will send you a warning to change your password whenever logging-in to a site using a username or password that’s previously been leaked in a third-party data breach. This is all good, except for the part where Google conducted a study and found that a good chunk of people who installed the extension straight up ignored the warnings and kept reusing old, hijacked passwords. Read More >>

Data of Nearly Every Adult in Bulgaria Likely Stolen in Cyberattack

Someone stole the personal and financial information of millions of Bulgarian taxpayers—likely the majority of the adult population. Read More >>

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The Marriott Hotel Has Been Fined Almost £100m Over Its Huge Data Breach

After getting sued last year over a years-old data breach, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is fining the US hotel chain £99.2m, which has been bolstered by the newly introduced General Data Protection Regulation rules (GDPR). Read More >>

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If You’ve Stayed in a Hotel Your Data Has Probably Been Leaked, Report Finds

Two-thirds of hotel websites leak guests’ booking information, according to a new security report. Read More >>

Report: Stolen Equifax Data Hasn’t Been Sold Online, Raising More Questions Than Answers

In 2017, consumer credit reporting agency Equifax suffered one of the largest data breaches in history, exposing extensive personal information on nearly 150 million customers (and in countless thousands of additional cases, credit-card numbers and scans of driver’s licenses, social security cards, and other identity documents). Congressional investigators later found the incident was the result of massive incompetence on Equifax’s part, but who exactly penetrated the company’s systems for months remains a mystery. Read More >>

Google’s New Chrome Extension Warns You If Your Passwords Have Been Exposed

Google is rolling out two new tools to help the password-challenged beef up their security game. The first is a Chrome extension called Password Checkup that can identify if you’re using a password that’s been exposed in a third-party data breach. The second is a feature called Cross Account Protection, which helps protect apps you’ve signed into with your Google account. Read More >>

Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords

There’s no shortage of data breaches these days, but this one should make you sit up and pay attention. The newly discovered “Collection #1" is the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed. Read More >>

The Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Nightmare Came True

An Amazon user in Germany recently requested data about his personal activities and inadvertently gained access to 1,700 audio recordings of someone he didn’t know. Read More >>

The Hack of 100 Million Quora Users Could Be Even Bigger Than It Sounds

We’ve seen a lot of data breaches lately, but this is one worth giving your undivided attention. On Monday, the question and answer site Quora announced that a third-party was able to gain access to virtually every data point the company keeps on 100 million users. Even if you don’t recall having a Quora account, you might want to make sure. Read More >>

Amazon Exposes Customer Email Addresses (Again)

If it feels like just weeks ago that Amazon inadvertently shared the email addresses of some of its customers – it was. Read More >>

Firefox Will Now Alert You When You Visit Hacked Sites

It can be hard to know if and when you might have been impacted by a data breach. That is, unless you’re a Firefox Quantum user. Yesterday, Mozilla announced it’ll alert desktop users when they stumble upon a site that’s recently reported a breach. Read More >>

Google Not Sure Which Google+ Users Had Personal Data Exposed

Following a report Monday alleging that Google kept secret a data breach potentially impacting hundreds of thousands of former Google+ users, the company is offering only a meagre defence of why it kept silent for so long. Read More >>