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Yahoo: Largest Data Breach in History Was Actually Even Larger

All 3B accounts were affected, not just1B

(Newser) - Yahoo has tripled down on what was already the largest data breach in history, saying it affected all 3 billion of its users, not the 1 billion it revealed late last year, the AP reports. The company announced Tuesday that it's providing notice to additional user accounts affected by... More »

Equifax Has More Bad News About Massive Security Breach

2.5M more Americans may have been affected

(Newser) - Credit report company Equifax is now saying an additional 2.5 million Americans may have been affected by a massive security breach this summer, bringing the total to 145.5 million people, the AP reports. Equifax said the company it hired to do an examination of the breach, Mandiant, has... More »

Equifax's New Thorn: Another Breach Earlier This Year

Intrusion found in March, nearly 5 months before discovery of much-publicized breach

(Newser) - As the feds investigate whether the Equifax breach that exposed data of up to 143 million Americans resulted in insider trading, the company has a new problem. Three sources tell Bloomberg that although Equifax learned of the intrusion in late July, the company knew of another breach as early as... More »

3 Equifax Execs Sold $1.8M in Stock Days After Hack Discovered

Company says they didn't know about intrusion

(Newser) - Days after Equifax discovered a massive security breach affecting 143 million Americans, three senior executives sold off almost $2 million in shares. The company says it discovered the intrusion, which was only made public Thursday, on July 29. Records show that three days later, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble; Joseph... More »

Intruder Spent 11 Hours at GOP Policy Retreat

Woman allegedly leaked recordings of meetings

(Newser) - Private conversations among Republican lawmakers during a policy retreat last week at a Philadelphia hotel were secretly recorded and shared with media outlets. But the leak isn't upsetting lawmakers so much as the circumstances around it. A woman posing as the wife of a member of Congress managed to... More »

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Weather Network, Satellites

Though the breach happened in late September, it was kept quiet for weeks

(Newser) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees the National Weather Service, announced in October that it was conducting "unscheduled maintenance" on its network. Turns out the reason was likely a security breach by hackers in China, reports the Washington Post . NOAA hasn't specified whether any classified... More »

Home Depot Hackers Nabbed 53M Email Addresses

They stole a 3rd-party vendor's login credentials to install malware

(Newser) - The massive security breach Home Depot went public with in September didn't stop at 56 million credit cards. The country's biggest home-improvement retailer announced yesterday that hackers also stole 53 million email addresses—though not passwords or other personal info. Still, the company said customers should be on... More »

Secret Service Mulls White House Checkpoints Blocks Away

After major security breach, Secret Service considering various options

(Newser) - The Secret Service, sporting a new black eye after Omar Gonzalez hopped a White House fence and walked right through the front door , is considering a range of measures to increase security at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Although the agency's director immediately added surveillance and officers around the White House,... More »

Home Depot Hack May Have Hit Mostly Self-Checkout Lanes

About 56M credit cards affected, more than at Target

(Newser) - Home Depot released specifics on its security breach today, and it was indeed bigger than the breach at Target: The hardware chain says 56 million credit cards were compromised between April and September at stores in the US and Canada, compared with 40 million in the Target hack , reports USA ... More »

Home Depot Breach May Be Bigger Than Target's

Chain looks into 'unusual activity' of credit card data

(Newser) - If you shrugged off the recent celebrity hack of private photos, along with the massive Target breach last year, here's one more punch: Home Depot is investigating a potential breach of customer data from credit and debit cards, reports Reuters . The scoop originally came from Brian Krebs of Krebs... More »

33 PF Chang's Hit by Data Breach

Company releases list of locations, dates

(Newser) - PF Chang's confirmed in June that data from credit and debit cards used at its restaurants was stolen, and now the company is providing more details on its ongoing investigation into the security breach, including a list of 33 restaurants that may have been affected and the dates that... More »

Credit Card Breach Hits 2.6M Michaels Customers

Plus 400K Aaron Brothers customers

(Newser) - Michaels Stores Inc. said yesterday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7% of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach. The nation's largest arts and crafts chain said its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked, with... More »

Feds Investigate Possible Breach at Sears

Chain is 'actively reviewing' its systems, but sees no sign of trouble yet

(Newser) - And now Sears? Bloomberg reports that the Secret Service is investigating a possible security breach at the retailer. There's not much more to the story at this point, and so no way to tell whether this might be something on par with Target's breach . In a statement, Sears... More »

Sophisticated Hack Strikes U. of Maryland

Names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth stolen

(Newser) - If you were issued a University of Maryland ID any time since 1998, your personal records at the university may have been stolen: During a computer security breach at 4am Tuesday, a hacker gained access to 309,079 such records belonging to faculty, staff, and students. Officials think the information—... More »

'Predictable' Hack Hits 4.6M Snapchat Users

Details posted online after warnings ignored

(Newser) - Photo-messaging mobile app Snapchat has had the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million users leaked online through a vulnerability highlighted by security researchers just a week ago. The hackers who put the user details online—with the last two digits of phone numbers censored—tell Mashable that they... More »

Tower of London Guards Spot Thief, Watch Helplessly he stole keys ... from an unlocked box

(Newser) - A comedy of errors, out of one of the British capital's most famed landmarks: A thief scaled the front gate and an inner wall of the Tower of London last Tuesday, but once he climbed into the sentry box, his work was already done for him. A metal box... More »

PlayStation 3 Gets Hacked

Could make it easier to play pirated games, says BBC

(Newser) - An online leak of security info for Sony's PlayStation 3 could make it easy for hackers to unlock the system and play pirated games on the console, reports the BBC . The information was posted online by a group of hackers identifying themselves as the Three Musketeers. They say they... More »

Hackers Reveal 453K Yahoo Logins

But Yahoo says only 5% of the passwords are valid

(Newser) - A hacking collective posted the login credentials of a whopping 453,000 Yahoo users online yesterday, saying they'd swiped them from a Yahoo subdomain using a technique that only works on poorly-secured Web apps that don't monitor text entered into various user input fields, Ars Technica reports. "... More »

Visa Dumps Processor After 1.5M Numbers Breached

Customer names, Social Security numbers reportedly safe

(Newser) - Visa has made credit card processor Global Payments persona non grata after some 1.5 million numbers were breached in a massive hack announced Friday , and the New York Times notes that the figure could be as high as 3 million. Global Payments has been removed from Visa's list... More »

'Massive' Data Breach May Have Hit MasterCard, Visa

10M cards may be affected

(Newser) - MasterCard is investigating a feared security breach linked to a credit-card processor in the US, it says; Visa has reportedly launched a similar investigation. While the companies are mum about the extent of the problem, financial insiders tell Krebs on Security it's "massive," potentially involving 10 million... More »

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