Sensitive California State Employee Data Exposed in Breach

News has surfaced of a breach of sensitive data of California state employees. As reported by The Sacramento Bee, it appears thousands of Social Security numbers have been exposed at the Department of Fish and Wildlife, with the department confirming so in a memo sent to its staff. It is alleged the breach was discovered […]

Spam Ticked Downward in 2017, but Phishing Was Up

The spam and phishing scene last year was a mixed bag: The average amount of spam in 2017 decreased to 56.63%, which is 1.68% less than in 2016. However, the number of phishing attacks increased – the Kaspersky Lab anti-phishing system was triggered 246 million times on the computers of Kaspersky Lab users, which is […]

FedEx S3 Bucket Exposes Private Details on Thousands Worldwide

Personal information for thousands of FedEx customers worldwide has been exposed after a legacy Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage server was left open to public access without a password. Kromtech Security Center researchers stumbled upon the AWS S3 bucket, finding that it contained more than 119,000 scanned documents, including passports, drivers’ licenses and Applications […]

Two Billion Files Leaked in US Data Breaches in 2017

Nearly 2 billion files containing the personal data of US citizens were leaked last year—and that number could be significantly underreported. In 2017, a total of 551 breaches affected organizations, with over 1.9 billion files leaked, according to research from Citrix ShareFile. Using data collected from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and the 2017 Cost of […]

Financial Services Sector Breaches Triple in Five Years

Financial services firms are targeted more than any other sector, with breaches tripling over the past five years, according to the latest report from Accenture. The consultancy conducted over 2100 interviews with hundreds of organizations in the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Japan, France and Italy to compile its latest Cost of Cyber Crime study. It […]

Cyberattacks Doubled in 2017

The number of cyberattacks doubled in 2017, with ransomware leading the way. That’s according to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), which has named 2017 “the worst year ever in data breaches and cyber-incidents around the world.” OTA’s Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report found that skyrocketing ransomware usage resulted in 160,000 cyberattacks. That’s nearly doubled […]

Over a Third of Global Firms Breached in 2017

Over a third (36%) of global organizations were breached last year, a 10% increase from 2016, according to new figures from Thales. The security and defense contractor polled 1200 senior IT executives in Germany, Japan, India, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Korea, the UK and the US to compile its 2018 Thales Data Threat Report. It claimed […]

Malware Tactics Shifted “Significantly” in 2017

When it comes to malware, 2017 saw a significant shift in attack methodology, a distinct evolution in the predominant attack tools and a distinct divergence in the types of attacks against businesses from attacks against consumers, according to research from Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes’ Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: 2017 State of Malware report shows sharp increases in malware-based […]

World Economic Forum: Cyber-Attacks Third Most Likely Global Risk in 2018

Cyber-attacks are the third most likely global risk for 2018, behind extreme weather conditions and natural disasters. That’s according to findings from the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2018, launched at a press conference today in central London. It is the first time that cyber-attacks per se have made the Forum’s top five global […]

Smartphone Maker OnePlus Hit with Credit Card Breach Affecting Tens of Thousand

OnePlus, maker of smartphones geared to challenge the Apple–Samsung smartphone duopoly, has become the latest victim of a data breach; the incident affects around 40,000 users. The company said that the issue affects some of its customers that have shopped online at may be affected by the incident. “One of our systems was attacked, and […]