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VoterVoice voter preference data exposed through security issues Special

VoterVoice, a “grassroots advocacy system” that allows lobbying firms and groups to alert citizens about hot-topic issues, left a server exposed that contained over 300,000 unique email addresses. Leading cyber experts discussed the implications.

Georgia Tech's data breach exposes 1.3 million records Special

Georgia - Georgia Tech has announced that a data breach has exposed the PII of up to 1.3 million current and former faculty members, students, staff and student applicants. An unknown entity breached the university’s central database. Leading experts weigh in.

Toyota data breach exposes up to 3.1 million customers Special

Japanese car maker Toyota announced its second data breach of 2019, The first incident took place at its Australian subsidiary, the new breach was announced by the company's main offices in Japan. Leading experts explain the significance.

Facebook internally exposed millions of passwords

A security researcher has discovered that the passwords of millions of Facebook users have been accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network, resulting in a major internal security lapse.

Gearbest misconfiguration exposes 1.5 million records Special

Gearbest, a Chinese online shopping giant, has exposed 1.5 million records on an Elasticsearch server that was not protected with a password, allowing anyone to search the database. Leading security experts weigh in on the implications.

Massive email data breach at Verification.io Special

Verification.io, a "big data email verification platform," has suffered a major data breach exposing some 2 billion records. This includes the personal email addresses of many individuals.

809 million emails leaked from accessible MongoDB database Special

Last week, security researchers discovered an unprotected, publicly accessible MongoDB database containing 763 million unique email addresses. Chris DeRamus, CTO, DivvyCloud explains more.

Healthcare reports highest number of data breaches: Study

A new study finds that healthcare entities have reported the highest number of data breaches of any industry for figures relating to 2018, many of which are linked to ‘sextortion’. This is based on a review undertaken by Beazley Breach plc.

Q&A: Thwarting data leaks with artificial intelligence Special

Many data breaches arise due to human error, such as poor systems security and with users not using passwords properly. Gaurav Banga, a cyber security expert and founder of Balbix, provides some AI-based tactics for businesses to consider.

Experts weigh in on Dow Jones proprietary info data leak Special

A proprietary watchlist of 2.4 million individuals and corporate entities owned by Dow Jones has been exposed, after a third-party company with access left it on a database without a password. Market analysts explain the implications.

Q&A: How to respond to the latest big data breach? Special

Around 617 million online account details have been stolen from 16 hacked websites, and these have been placed are on sale by the criminals on the dark web. Cybersecurity experts tell Digital Journal about the implications.

Popular dating app announces major data breach Special

On this Valentine’s Day, Cupid Meets Bagel users were met with an unhappy surprise. Users were greeted with an email informing them that their data was affected by a recent breach. Two experts analyse the implications.

Apple to pay teenager who found Group FaceTime bug

Teenager Grant Thompson discovered a major flaw with Apple's Group FaceTime. At first the company ignored the issue when it was flagged, now, recognizing the significance they've updated the app and will pay the boy.

Collection #1 hack was bad enough, what about Collection #2-5? Special

Following the huge Collection #1 breach, there has been a new leak – dubbed Collection #2-5 – which has exposed 2.2 billion unique usernames and passwords. Experts from OneSpan provide insight into the implications for businesses and consumers.

What are the implications of the Collection #1 breach? Special

A massive trove of leaked data, which was recently posted to a hacking forum, includes some 772,904,991 unique email addresses and 21,222,975 unique passwords. Will LaSala from OneSpan weighs in.

Largest public data breach by volume revealed

The biggest ever data breach has been reported, in terms of the volume of data exposed. Dubbed 'Collection #1', the data loss extends to 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords having been exposed.

Google+ to be shut down after data breach

Google+, Google's attempt to create a social media network to rival Facebook, is shutting down. This comes after users' data has been reported to have been exposed, an incident that dates back to March to 2018.

App at U.K. Tory Party conference in data breach

Birmingham - The ruling U.K. Conservative Party faced a major data leak via its own app ahead of the Party's annual conference in Birmingham.

Significance of Facebook data breach explained: Interview Special

Facebook has said that “almost 50 million” of its users were left exposed by a security flaw. Scott Grissom, VP of Product Leadership, Marketing, and Sales at LegalShield looks at the implications for Digital Journal readers.

Huazhu Hotels investigating potential loss of guest data

A leading Chinese hotel group - Huazhu Hotels - is investigating a serious leak of millions of guests' data. This follows millions of its customers' records appearing for sale on the Internet.

Air Canada suffers major app data breach of 20,000 customers

Air Canada has reported on a massive data breach of its app. At risk are thousands of passenger passport details, among other personal details of customers.

Massive data breach exposes huge trove of automakers' secrets

Windsor - A security researcher this month managed to find a treasure trove of corporate secrets from Ford Motor Company, along with five other global automakers (including GM and FCA) and numerous other companies, that were left exposed by an apparent data leak.

What is the average cost of a data breach?

IBM Security and Ponemon Institute released their study on the average cost of a data breach. In it they found that data breaches are only going up in cost, and in the volume of records stolen.

NHS data breach affects 150,000 patients

London - An NHS data breach has affected 150,000 patients in England, according to the British government. The NHS is blaming a coding error. Data was shared for clinical audits and research on the patients who had opted out of any data information sharing.

Unknown marketing firm leaks over 300 million personal records

A data breach by a marketing firm that leaked 340 million personal records was found by a security researcher earlier this month.

Facebook sends Cambridge Analytica warning to users

Facebook members can now check if they are one of the 87 million potential users whose data has been shared with Cambridge Analytica.

MyFitnessPal data breach affects millions

A new disclosure suggests the MyFitnessPal data breach affects millions of Under Armour users, with the personal details of around 150 million users disclosed.

Data breach at Saks and Lord & Taylor compromised customer data

A data breach at department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor has compromised the personal information of customers who shopped at the stores, according to the parent company, Canada-based Hudson's Bay Co. on Sunday.

Google's 'Waterfront Toronto' project fields privacy concerns

Toronto - Ever since a Google-affiliated company announced last year that it would be building a "smart city" on the Toronto waterfront, rumors have been swirling over what kind of tech developers were wanting to push.

Equifax admits data breach impacted 2.4m more people

Equifax has confirmed that over 2.4m more people were affected by its data breach than the company originally reported. The new set of individuals suffered exposure of information including their names and driving license details.
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