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Samsung to Stop Disabling Windows Update

After security reseacher Patrick Barker publicized the issue, the company says it plans to issue a patch soon.

U.S. Government Login Credentials Found Online

47 different U.S. government agencies are affected, according to Recorded Future.

Advanced Tech Support Suffers Insider Breach

A former employee apparently leveraged customer data to trick victims into providing remote access to their computers.

Hersheypark Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

Cards used at Hershey locations between mid-March and late May 2015 may be affected.

SEC Investigates FIN4 Hacker Group

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been contacting public companies to gather information on the group's activities and methods.

OPM Breach May Affect 18 Million People

A new estimate more than four times greater than the previous one was recently provided to U.S. Senators.

Polish Airline LOT Hacked

Ten flights were canceled, and more than 1,400 passengers impacted.

New Spear Phishing Attack Bypasses Two Factor Authentication

The attack is simpler and cheaper to launch than traditional spear phishing attacks, and it can be dangerously effective.

Researcher Uncovers Major Security Flaw in Samsung Galaxy Devices

While the vulnerability could provide an attacker with an enormous amount of access to an affected device, it's extremely difficult to exploit.

FBI Investigates St. Louis Cardinals for Houston Astros Hack

According to the New York Times, Cardinals officials allegedly tried a series of passwords until they successfully accessed the Astros' network.

Computers Seized in Connection with Celebrity Nude Photo Hack

Recently unsealed documents indicate that a Chicago residence was searched in connection with the breach in October 2014.

LastPass Password Manager Hacked

Email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts and authentication hashes were compromised.

U.S. Army Website Defaced by Syrian Hackers

The hackers claim the defacement was enabled by targeting the Limelight Networks content delivery network.

Exabeam Advances User Intelligence Security Efforts

Exabeam 1.7 makes use of stateful user tracking to keep user credentials in line.

Cybercriminals Use Man-in-the-Middle Attacks to Steal 6 Million Euros

Europol recently announced 49 arrests in connection with the fraud campaign.

CISOs Say Hackers Could Gain Upper Hand By 2020

The majority of CISOs say they would spend any additional cyber security funds on human-centric solutions.

Trend Micro Warns of New MalumPoS Point-of-Sale Malware

The malware currently targets Oracle MICROS and other point-of-sale systems.

Stolen Computers Lead to New Heartland Payment Systems Breach

The unencrypted computers were stolen from an office that had recently been acquired by Heartland.

Chinese Hackers Steal All U.S. Federal Employees' Personal Data

Approximately 4 million current and former federal employees may be affected.

Japan Pension Service Hacked, 1.25 Million Records Leaked

The leaked data included names, birthdates, identification numbers and addresses.

Woolworths Mistakenly Leaks $1 Million in Gift Cards

A spreadsheet containing the data was sent to over 1,000 people due to a 'technical fault,' the company said.

Sally Beauty Details Malware Attack That Led to Recent Data Breach

The company says malware was 'effectively deployed' on some of its point of sale systems between March 6 and April 17, 2015.

Apple Bug Crashes Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches

A specific series of characters displayed in a notification can cause a device to crash and reboot.

Hacker Breaches Database, Gets Job Offer

'We've asked Makman if he'd be willing to work with us," Times Internet CEO Satyan Gajwani tweeted.

3,867,997 Adult FriendFinder Account Details Released

The leaked data includes user name, birthdates, email address, gender, location, relationship status and sexual orientation.

100,000 IRS Taxpayer Accounts Compromised

The Internal Revenue Service says the accounts were breached using 'taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources.'

Target Data Breach Settlement Falls Through

Not enough banks signed on to the $19 million settlement, which would have required them to drop any further claims against Target.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Hit by Cyber Attack

The bank says its domain name servers were hijacked last month.

Insider Data Breach at Medical Billing Company Hits Patients at Several Hospitals

A call center employee at billing company Medical Management, LLC stole thousands of patients' names, birthdates and Social Security numbers.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Data Breach Impacts 1.1 Million People

Names, user names, birthdates, e-mail addresses and subscribed identification numbers were exposed.

FBI Claims Security Researcher Hacked Airplane Mid-Flight

'Over last 5 years my only interest has been to improve aircraft security,' Chris Roberts tweeted recently.

Telstra Acknowledges Massive Pacnet Data Breach

Company chief security officer Mike Burgess says the hackers 'had complete access to the corporate network.'

Penn State University Hacked

The College of Engineering's computer network was disconnected from the Internet in response to the breach.

Sally Beauty Confirms Second Data Breach In As Many Years

The company says it won't 'speculate on the scope of the intrusion,' since the investigation is ongoing.

CrowdStrike Warns of VENOM Vulnerability

The flaw could allow an attacker to escape a VM environment and access the host system.

Hackers Target Starbucks Accounts

'Criminals are learning how to turn rewards programs, points, and prepaid cards into cash,' notes Gartner's Avivah Litan.

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Employee Charged with Attacking DoE Computers

Charles Eccleston allegedly designed and sent spear phishing emails targeting more than 80 computers at the U.S. Department of Energy.

91 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Suffered Data Breaches in the Past Two Years

Forty percent have experienced more than five data breaches, according to the Ponemon Institute.

Firekeepers Casino Hotel Acknowledges Possible PoS Breach

It's not yet clear how many customers may have been affected.

UC Berkeley, Auburn U, Metro State Acknowledge Data Breaches

The breaches exposed more than 530,000 people's personal information.

New Rombertik Malware Destroys Master Boot Record If Debugged

If it doesn't have permission to overwrite the MBR, the malware destroys all files in the user's home folder.

82 Percent of IT Pros Want to Quit Due to Stress

27 percent say they're experiencing stress-related illness due to work demands, according to GFI Software.

Hard Rock, Sally Beauty Acknowledge Data Breaches

In both cases, customer payment card information appears to have been accessed.

CareerBuilder.com Leveraged to Launch Phishing Attacks

The website's own functionality was used to deliver malware to job posters.

Hackers Steal $5 Million from Ryanair

The airline says the funds have now been frozen, and it expects them to be repaid.

Three Quarters of U.S. Execs Say a Cyber Attack Could Seriously Disrupt Business

And 59 percent said a breach of one company's network can lead directly to attacks on different networks in connected sectors of the economy.

SendGrid Acknowledges Data Breach

An employee's account was compromised and used to access several internal systems.

Survey Finds CEOs, Boards Getting Increasingly Involved in Security Policy

Netskope also recently found that almost a quarter of all logins to CRM apps come from compromised credentials.

For Many U.S. Enterprises, DDoS Attacks Can Cost Over $100,000 Per Hour

And for 11 percent of U.S. enterprises, hourly losses can exceed $1 million.

Pentagon Unveils New Cyber Strategy

'The cyber threat is one we all face as institutions and individuals," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

Researchers Warn of Wi-Fi Vulnerability in iOS 8

A specially crafted SSL certificate can be used to crash iOS apps, and even the entire operating system.

Virginia Voting Machines Easily Hacked

The machines had been in use in more than 560 precincts since 2002.

Researcher Uncovers Match.com Security Flaw

A server configuration error appears to be redirecting all HTTPS traffic to HTTP.

HSBC Acknowledges Data Breach

Mortgage customers' names, Social Security numbers and account numbers were exposed.

GAO: In-Flight Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Hack Airplanes

'Internet connectivity in the cabin should be considered a direct link between the aircraft and the outside world,' a GAO report states.

Los Angeles Streetlights to Be Controlled via Cellular Network

City workers will be able to turn lights on and off remotely, and will be able to dim them or brighten them as needed.

74 Percent of IT Security Pros Worry About Insider Threats

Still, 32 percent told the SANS Institute they have no ability to prevent an insider breach.

Google Chrome 42 Gets Galactic Security Update

No towel required for 45 security fixes in Google's Chrome 42 browser.

Tailoring Security Info for the C-Suite

SurfWatch Labs' SaaS platform makes security information intelligible to business execs.

International Operations Take Down Beebone, Simda Botnets

Both operations required coordination between government agencies and private sector partners.

Four Episodes of 'Game of Thrones' Leaked Online

The episodes were downloaded over a million times in less than a day.

AT&T Hit With Record-Breaking $25 Million Data Breach Fine

The company will also provide almost 280,000 customers with free credit monitoring services, and will improve its privacy and security practices.

Russia Blamed for White House Data Breach

The attack appears to have been launched in retaliation for sanctions, according to CNN.

Police Department Pays Cybercriminals Following Ransomware Infection

A recent survey found that 55 percent of organizations that have been hit by such attacks recommend negotiating with cybecriminals to restore data.

IBM Warns of New 'Dyre Wolf' Malware Campaign

The campaign targets organizations with a combination of social engineering and DDoS attacks.

Researchers Warn of Volatile Cedar APT Campaign

The target distribution 'strongly aligns with nation-state/political-group interests,' according to Check Point researchers.

Florida Department of Elections Acknowledges Data Breach

15 CDs containing high-risk professionals' personal information were mistakenly sent to people requesting voter registration records.

U.S. Targets Foreign Hackers with Sanctions

'Starting today, we're giving notice to those who pose significant threats to our security or economy,' President Obama said.

Google Strikes Back Against Chinese Certificate Authority

Both Google and Mozilla are taking aggressive measures against Chinese certificate authority CNNIC.

New Trojan Targets Petroleum, Gas, Helium Companies

The attack exploits an old ActiveX vulnerability, according to Symantec researchers.

Hackers Breach British Airways Frequent Flyer Accounts

The airline says tens of thousands of accounts were accessed.

Slack Hacked

User names, emails addresses and hashed passwords were exposed.

Security Flaw Found in Hotel Wi-Fi Systems

The vulnerability could enable a remote attacker to read or modify any file on an ANTlabs InnGate device, according to Cylance researchers.

15,435 Vulnerabilities Found in 3,870 Applications in 2014

That's an 18 percent increase over the previous year in vulnerabilities found, according to Secunia.

Twitch Hacked

An undisclosed number of users were told their passwords 'could have been captured in clear text by malicious code.'

Cisco Warns of PoSeidon Point-of-Sale Malware

The malware installs a keylogger and scans the infected device's memory for credit card data.

Google Hit Again by Unauthorized SSL/TLS Certificates

The SSL/TLS certificate authority system's frailty is again exposed, as an unauthorized certificate is issued for Google.

Massive Security Flaw Found in Hilton HHonors Website

The vulnerability allowed attackers to access any HHonors account simply by knowing or guessing the account number.

90 Percent of IT Pros Worry About Public Cloud Security

One third of IT professionals surveyed said they've experienced more security breaches with the public cloud than with on-premise applications.

Premera Blue Cross Hacked

The hackers may have accessed the personal, financial and medical information of as many as 11 million people.

North Korea Blamed for Nuclear Power Plant Data Breach

The North Korean government called the accusation 'a false judgement by an idiot.'

Data Breach at Dental Practice Exposes 151,000 Patients' Personal Info

Names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, phone numbers and home addresses were accessed.

Hackers Demand Ransoms to Protect Blood Test Results, Nuclear Power Info

Two separate hacker groups recently threatened to release sensitive data unless ransoms were paid.

Survey Finds IT Security Pros Under Increasing Pressure

And 64 percent of enterprise respondents said they expect that pressure to grow in the coming year.

57 Arrested in Cybercrime Clampdown

Among those arrested is a 23-year-old man suspected of involvement in a June 2014 cyber attack on the U.S. Department of Defense.

Nurses Leverage Privileged Access to Commit Identity Theft

From Texas to North Carolina, several cases have demonstrated the challenge of protecting patient and employee information.

IBM Exposes Critical Dropbox Vulnerability

Dropbox patches flaw that could have exposed users to risk.

Anthem Refused Security Audit Before and After Data Breach

The company repeatedly refused to allow the OIG to conduct vulnerability scans of its systems.

Enterprises Seek Third-Party Compliance with Security Requirements

79 percent of respondents to a recent survey said ensuring that partners comply with their security requirements is a top priority in the coming year.

Natural Grocers Hacked

An undisclosed number of customers' payment card data may have been accessed.

Mandarin Oriental Hotels Hacked

Hotels in Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Washington, D.C., are likely affected.

Security Flaws Found in U.S. Air Traffic Control System

Among the issues uncovered by the GAO is 'significant interconnectivity' between the National Airspace System (NAS) and non-NAS systems.

Ponemon, 3M Warn of Low-Tech Visual Hacking Threat

A recent study found that white hat hackers were successful in 88 percent of attempts to visually hack sensitive information.

TalkTalk Acknowledges Massive Data Breach

The company says 'some limited information we have about some of our customers could have been accessed in violation of our security procedures.'

Target Breach Has Cost the Company $162 Million So Far

HyTrust president Eric Chiu suggests the total cost could eventually exceed $1 billion.

Study Finds Disconnect Between IT, Leadership on Cyber Security

Two thirds of CIOs and CISOs say senior leaders in their organization don't view cyber security as a strategic priority.

Stolen Laptops, Hard Drives Expose Over 100,000 People's Personal Data

The data potentially exposed includes names, addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.

How Much Does Business AV Cost? Try Free

Avast debuts free Business Anti-Virus, but what's the catch?

Gemalto Responds to Alleged SIM Hack

The company says it had no knowledge of any access, and believes its products are secure.

Hackers Still in State Department Network Three Months After Breach

It's not yet clear how much data the attackers have taken.

Lenovo Computers Shipped with Pre-Installed Malware

The company says it has investigated the software and hasn't found 'any evidence to substantiate security concerns.'

Kaspersky Warns of 'Outstandingly Professional' Equation Group Cyber Attacks

The group's tools are capable of reprogramming hard drive firmware, allowing infections to survive disk formatting and OS reinstallation.

Centrify Offers Identity Management for Hadoop

Software allows users to leverage their existing Active Directory infrastructures to enhance Hadoop security.

1 Billion Data Records Compromised in 2014

That's a 78 percent increase from the previous year, according to Gemalto.

Carbanak Hackers Steal $1 Billion from 100 Banks Worldwide

Banks were infected for between two and four months, with $2.5 million to $10 million stolen in case.

16 Million Mobile Devices Infected with Malware

Infection rates for Android devices are now equal to those of Windows laptops, according to Alcatel-Lucent's Motive Security Labs.

Forbes Hacked

According to iSIGHT Partners, the hackers were part of a Chinese group called the Codoso Team or the Sunshop Group.

Newsweek Twitter Account Breached by Pro-ISIL Hackers

The FBI is investigating the attack.

Samsung Smart TVs Can Send Personal Information to Third Party

Voice commands are forwarded to third-party service provider Nuance Communications.

Report Warns of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities in Cars, Trucks

The report, from U.S. Senator Edward Markey, is based on 16 automakers' responses to questions regarding tracking systems and security.

Marriott Hotels Hit by Credit Card Breach

All the affected locations are run by franchise operator White Lodging Services.

Anthem Healthcare Breach Could Be Largest Ever

As many as 80 million names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, street addresses and email addresses may have been accessed.

Hackers Breach Book2Park, Barbecue Renew, EgoPay

Book2Park is the third airport parking site to be breached in as many weeks.

Insider Breach Exposes 14,000 UMass Memorial Patients' Data

Patient names, addresses, birthdates, medical record numbers and Social Security numbers may have been accessed.

Stolen Computers, Mobile Phones Expose Thousands of Patients' Medical Data

Victims range from home healthcare patients to pediatric eyewear customers.

5,300 U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

'An attacker could shut down over 5,300 fueling stations in the United States with little effort,' says Rapid7's HD Moore.

Google Ups Ante for Security Researchers

After paying out $1.5 million in bug bounties in 2014, Google is boosting payments for ongoing security research.

China to Require Backdoors in Foreign Hardware, Software

Foreign companies selling equipment to Chinese banks will also be required to disclose source code and submit to audits, the New York Times reports.

93 Percent of U.S. Organizations Are Vulnerable to Insider Threats

A recent survey also found that 59 percent of U.S. IT decision makers believe privileged users pose the greatest threat to their organizations.

Researcher Develops Malware for Drones

Rahul Sasi has tested the malware on the DJI Phantom and Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.

Hackers Deface Malaysia Airlines Website

While the hackers claim to have accessed customer data, the airline says 'user data remains secured.'

Wingstop, Metropolitan State University Hit by Hackers

Credit card numbers and Social Security numbers appear to have been accessed.

Barrett Brown Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison

Brown was also ordered to pay $890,000 in restitution.

Target Breach Had Massive Impact on Cyber Security Awareness

Security budgets increased by an average of 34 percent in the year following the Target breach, according to the Ponemon Institute.

Google Pays Big Bug Bounties in Chrome 40 Fix

Google pays out $88,500 in bug bounties, with the largest browser security update yet in 2015. In all, Google fixed 62 different security flaws.

Progressive Insurance Dongle Hacked

'An attacker who controls that dongle has full control of the vehicle,' says Digital Bond Labs' Corey Thuen.

Researchers Warn of Skeleton Key Malware

Dell SecureWorks has outlined a list of steps for organizations to take to mitigate the threat.

N.Y. Attorney General Proposes Aggressive Data Protection Law

The bill would expand the definition of private data, and would require all entities that collect and/or store such data to have safeguards in place.

Airport Parking Companies Confirm Credit Card Breaches

Both companies recently began notifying customers of the breaches, which took place late last year.

Pro-ISIL Hackers Breach U.S. CENTCOM Social Media Accounts

The hackers briefly posted threats on Twitter before the accounts were suspended and returned to CENTCOM's control.

Hackers Steal Miles from American, United Airlines

Affected customers had apparently reused their passwords on other sites that had been breached.

President Obama Proposes National Breach Notification Standard

The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act would require that consumers be notified of all breaches within 30 days.

Zappos Reaches Data Breach Settlement with Nine States

The company will pay a fine of $106,000, and will comply with a list of improved security requirements.

Pro-Russian Hackers Take Down German Government Websites

The websites of the German chancellor and foreign ministry were both attacked by the CyberBerkut hacker group.

Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Hacked

Over $5 million in bitcoins appear to have been stolen.

Morgan Stanley Acknowledges Insider Breach

A former financial adviser allegedly stole 10 percent of the company's 3.5 million Wealth Management customers' account information.

Hacker Creates Fake Fingerprint from Photo of Politician

'After this talk, politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public,' Jan Krissler said.

Chick-fil-A Suffers Credit Card Breach

The breach may have lasted from December 2, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

OneStopParking Hacked

Credit cards used on the airport parking service's website were recently found for sale online.

FBI Seeks Cyber Special Agents

The aim, according to the Bureau, is to 'protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat.'

Researchers: Sony Hack Was Insider Breach

The researchers say a former employee or employees may have joined forces with pro-piracy hacktivists to attack the company.

FireEye Expands Security Platform

FireEye CTO Dave Merkel details his firm's latest additions and offers some security predictions for 2015.

Cyber Attack Causes Physical Damage at German Iron Plant

The attack caused 'massive damage to the whole system,' according to Germany's BSI.

Entry Point Identified for JPMorgan Chase Breach

The bank's security team had failed to implement two-factor authentication on one of its network servers.

Apple Delivers First-Ever Automated Mac Security Update

While Apple introduced the technology to do so two years ago, this was the first time it was used.

Misfortune Cookie Vulnerability Affects 12 Million Devices

The vulnerability has been in place since 2002.

ICANN Hacked

Centralized Zone Data System users' names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, usernames and hashed passwords may have been accessed.

U.S. Ties North Korea to Cyber Attack on Sony Pictures

An NSC spokesperson says the U.S. is 'considering a range of options in weighing a potential response.'

Park 'N Fly Investigates Possible Credit Card Breach

A significant number of credit cards that were recently used at Park 'N Fly locations are now being offered for sale online.

Survey: 20 Percent of Employees Have Stolen Corporate Data

A SailPoint survey also found that 66 percent of employees still had access to corporate data via cloud apps after leaving their jobs.