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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.

Over half of medium-sized businesses breached in 2017

Over half of IT professionals in U.S. medium-sized businesses believe their organisation was breached in 2017. A report from security firm Cygilant found companies are ill-equipped to respond to breaches and just 15% are "confident" in their strategies.

FedEx left customer passport scans on unsecured server

FedEx has admitted it left sensitive customer data on an unsecured server. Files including passport copies and driving licenses were available for public download for months. FedEx claimed there's no indication the files have been accessed maliciously.

Imgur announces historical data breach impacting 1.7m users

Image sharing service Imgur has confirmed a security incident in 2014 exposed the details of 1.7m users. Email addresses and passwords were amongst the data taken. The incident has only just been discovered and Imgur has been commended for its response.

Firefox to issue warnings when a website has been hacked

Mozilla is developing a new Firefox feature that will show you an alert when a website has been hacked. The browser will tap into a database of historical data breaches to provide warnings about sites that have previously suffered a security compromise.

IRS awards Equifax $7M contract to verify taxpayer's identity

The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week.

Deloitte suffered silent data breach it took six months to find

Deloitte has confirmed a data breach allowed attackers to steal confidential client emails. The incident went unnoticed for months and only became public knowledge after a Guardian report today. It was caused by a basic email security lapse.

Equifax is getting crushed

Equifax has already plunged 18 percent since it announced last week that hackers may have the personal details of nearly half the US population. Options traders are betting that this is only the start.

Going to hospital? Data breaches are an added concern

When you’re in hospital thinking about data breaches and cyber security may not be your top concerns. However a new study has found some 1,800 occurrences of data breaches in patient information have occurred in the past seven years.

Yahoo: 'State-sponsored' actors behind biggest data breach ever

Yahoo has said it believes "state-sponsored" actors were behind a massive data breach in 2013 that it only revealed today. The company said one billion user accounts could be affected. Customers have been advised to change all their passwords.

Online criminals steal money from 20,000 Tesco Bank accounts

U.K. banking provider Tesco Bank has announced it has suspended all online transactions for its current account customers. The bank's chief executive confirmed criminals stole money from over 20,000 accounts over the weekend. It is currently unknown how.

Full extent of Yahoo attack revealed

Yahoo has finally revealed the extent of a "state-sponsored" hack. Back in 2014, hackers stole data relating to 500 million. This was probably the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

Dropbox admits hacker stole details of 70 million users

It has been revealed that a hack of cloud storage provider Dropbox reported in 2012 actually affected nearly 70 million users. The hackers responsible for the theft have now dumped the data onto the Internet, revealing the true scale of the attack.

Accountancy software company Sage hit by data breach

The major U.K. software company Sage has been compromised in a data breach with personal information relating to 280 businesses being affected.

33 million Twitter accounts appear online but site wasn't hacked

A hacker has released a database containing around 33 million Twitter user credentials on the dark web. The nature of the data suggests Twitter itself has not been hacked. Instead, it has been assembled using malware to steal passwords.

Four 'mega dumps' in a month spark fears of hidden data hacks

The user credentials of hundreds of millions of hacked Myspace and Tumblr accounts have turned up online in separate databases. The hack appears to have occurred several years ago and could be related to the recent release of LinkedIn user details.

Electronic Health Records: a gold rush for data thieves

The United States continues to present the largest market of “soft targets” for identity thieves. As security upgrades continue to roll out among America’s millions credit cards, identity thieves are taking the path of least resistance to stay busy

4th largest data breach ever affects 5m parents, 200k children

The Chinese maker of some of the most popular tablet computers for young children has suffered a severe data breach. Hackers accessed VTech's servers and stole the personal information of nearly 5 million parents and over 200,000 kids.

Chick Fil-A investigating credit-card breach

The Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A is working with IT security companies after a possible data breach may have leaked the credit-card details of 9,000 customers.

Op-Ed: It'll come as no surprise U.S. privacy confidence is at a new low

Last month I entered a bank to enquire about a new savings account it was offering. A staff member at the bank arranged a meeting, took my mobile phone number and name. Within a day my phone was hot with cold callers.

On mounting privacy concerns, WhatsApp CEO defends acquisition

As the FTC begins reviewing the results of Facebook's proposed WhatsApp acquisition, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum claimed privacy concerns in the resulting acquisition are "inaccurate and careless."

With data breaches hitting SnapChat, a new rival emerges in Wickr

As security issues continue to plague the SnapChat mobile photo sharing application, a rival service appears ready to exploit the weakness.

Target CEO: Banks need to issue chip-based credit cards in U.S.

With the FBI now warning all retailers on similar breach possibilities, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel is refocusing attention on the need for chip-based credit card technology adoption in the United States.

Target CEO assures public as investors push stock to 52-week low

Target Corporation's CEO Gregg Steinhafel assured investors and consumers that its customers will not be on the hook financially for the data breach that appears to have been conducted by a 16-year-old Russian national.

50 million customers affected in LivingSocial cyberattack

Washington - Popular daily deals website LivingSocial announced a massive cyberattack on its database. It is estimated 50 million customers across the globe are affected.

Report: One new identity theft victim every 3 seconds in U.S.

A recently released report says in 2012 there was one new victim of identity theft every three seconds in the United States. The thefts accounted for billions of dollars.
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Saks at the North Star Mall in San Antonio  Texas in 2014
Saks at the North Star Mall in San Antonio, Texas in 2014
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Equifax put volume has skyrocketed following the company s high-profile data breach.
Equifax put volume has skyrocketed following the company's high-profile data breach.
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Doug Speiran enters data center with 'what he has and what he knows'.

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