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A new bug has infiltrated Instagram and spread like wildfire. It is a hack that has spread from user account to user account undetected so far.  Over this past weekend, I was using Instagram when I was direct messaged by a friend of mine with the message titled, “Lindsay, I made this for you.”  Underneath...
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Users of credit monitoring site Credit Karma  have complained that they were served other people’s account information when they logged in. Many took to a Reddit thread and complained on Twitter about the apparent security lapse. “First time logging in it gave me my information, but as soon as I refreshed the screen, it gave me someone else’s info,” said one Reddit...
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Cybercriminals reportedly stole the information from an exposed MongoDB database on a third-party server. Hotel franchisor Choice Hotels has confirmed a breach in which attackers stole 700,000 guest records from a publicly available MongoDB database without a password or any authentication. The unsecured server, which the hotel chain says belonged to a third-party vendor, contained...
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Attackers used a list of usernames and passwords obtained via credential stuffing attack to access State Farm customers’ online accounts.The investigation revealed that attackers were able to confirm valid usernames and passwords for some online accounts, however, no personal information was accessed. What is the issue? Insurance company State Farm notified its customers that it...
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The exposed information such as users’ country code, their device type and their engagement with the ad.The exposed data dates back from May 2018 to August 5, 2019. Twitter has recently found and fixed a security issue on its platform. The bug caused some user data to be shared with advertising partners without the users’...
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The company has sent out an apology email to all its customers after the incident.The firm made another mistake by sending half the recipients an internal draft of the apology notice. Swedish furniture giant IKEA has accidentally exposed over 400 email addresses to other customers due to a human error. The company has sent out...
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This Threat Spotlight was co- authored by Asaf Cidon and Grant Ho of the Barracuda Sentinel team. Account takeover continues to be one of the fastest growing email security threats, but attackers are starting to adapt, introducing new ways to exploit compromised accounts. Teaming up with leading researchers at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, Barracuda...
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An unauthorized third-party accessed the information for 106 million people by exploiting a configuration vulnerability.The exposed information includes personal information, credit card data, transaction data, Social Security numbers, linked bank account numbers, and Social Insurance numbers of consumers and small businesses who applied for credit card products between 2005 and 2019. Capital One disclosed that...
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School systems in Monroe, Morehouse Parish, and Sabine Parish, were impacted by the ransomware attacks.The state has hired cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, and the Office of Technology Services in order to resolve and prevent cyberattacks. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has issued an emergency declaration on July 24, 2019,...
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Slack is resetting roughly 100,000 user passwords for accounts that were active in 2015. The company has only recently learned that an old security breach from four years ago was perhaps worse than previously thought. The news, first reported by ZD Net and confirmed by Slack in an announcement on its website, will only affect about 1...
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