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AT&T Says Data From 73M Accounts Found on Dark Web

Company says it is notifying customers

(Newser) - AT&T said it has begun notifying millions of customers about the theft of personal data recently discovered online. The telecommunications giant said Saturday that a dataset found on the "dark web" contains information such as Social Security numbers for about 7.6 million current AT&T account holders...

Ex-CIA Worker Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison

Joshua Schulte was found guilty of espionage, possession of child sexual abuse material

(Newser) - The man behind the biggest data breach in CIA history is going to spend decades in prison after being convicted of crimes including espionage and possession of child sexual abuse images and videos. Joshua Schulte was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Thursday, more than five years after he...

Another 'Malicious Intruder' Strikes T-Mobile

Company says 37M customers had data stolen in November breach, including addresses and DOB

(Newser) - The US wireless carrier T-Mobile said Thursday that an unidentified malicious intruder breached its network in late November and stole data on 37 million customers, including addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. T-Mobile said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that the breach was discovered...

Password Manager Has News Its Clients Won't Want to Hear

LastPass says it has suffered 2nd security breach since August

(Newser) - There's no safer place to keep all of your passwords than with a password manager, right? "Maybe think again on that one" is Lucas Ropek's advice on Gizmodo , at least when it comes to using LastPass . That's because for the second time in three months or...

The Case of Uber's Ex-Security Chief Is a Divisive One

Joe Sullivan goes on trial this week

(Newser) - Data breaches that put consumer data at risk have become commonplace; this suit involving one such breach is anything but. Uber's former security chief, Joe Sullivan, goes on trial this week in US District Court in San Francisco in what's thought to be the first time an executive...

This Might Be the Biggest Data Breach in History
This Might Be the Biggest
Data Breach in History

This Might Be the Biggest Data Breach in History

Hackers claim they have records of 1B Chinese people, taken from a Shanghai police database

(Newser) - Hackers claim to have obtained a trove of data on 1 billion Chinese people from a Shanghai police database in a leak that, if confirmed, could be one of the largest data breaches in history. In a post on the online hacking forum Breach Forums last week, someone using the...

City Blames Loss of Resident Data on Drunk Guy With USB Drive

Officials in Amagasaki, Japan, say man lost device with info on all of city's 460K residents

(Newser) - If you're a resident of the Japanese city of Amagasaki and find out over the next few months you're the victim of identity theft, you can allegedly blame a worker who had a little too much to drink. CNN reports that the city's government has put out...

Planned Parenthood Hack Exposed 400K Patients' Data

Names, procedures of Los Angeles patients among information stolen

(Newser) - One or more hackers acquired the names, birthdates, addresses, diagnoses, and procedures of some 400,000 patients of Planned Parenthood's Los Angeles branch in October, the organization revealed Wednesday. Someone accessed PPLA's network between Oct. 9 and Oct. 17, installed "malware/ransomware," and "exfiltrated" files, rep...

Hacker Claims Responsibility for Massive T-Mobile Breach

John Binns, 21, says he wanted to 'generate noise'

(Newser) - John Binns seems to be an unusually chatty cybercriminal. The Wall Street Journal reports that Binns—a 21-year-old US citizen who lives in Turkey—has claimed responsibility for a massive T-Mobile data breach , saying he was able to steal data on more than 50 million customers because "their security...

T-Mobile's Data Breach Is a Sizable One

Social Security numbers of more than 40M former and prospective customers exposed

(Newser) - The names, Social Security numbers, and information from driver's licenses or other identification of just over 40 million former and prospective customers that applied for T-Mobile credit were exposed in a recent data breach, the company said Wednesday. The same data for about 7.8 million current T-Mobile postpaid...

See If Your Phone Number Was in the Facebook Hack

Zuckerberg's was. Find out with 2 easy-to-use tools

(Newser) - There's an easy way to find out whether your phone number was leaked along with Mark Zuckerberg's over the weekend . Hacked data from more than half a million Facebook users was posted for free to a website frequented by hackers on Saturday, CNN reports. That included names, locations,...

Facebook Hacker Posts 500M Users' Data

Phone numbers are among the information now available to cybercrooks

(Newser) - The personal information of more than a half-billion Facebook users in 106 countries has been posted in a hacking forum, Business Insider reports. The data include full names, Facebook IDs, phone numbers, locations, birthdates, and bios. Some email addresses are posted, as well. The breach puts the users, 32 million...

You Are Not Getting $125 From Equifax

$6 or $7 looks more likely, one expert says

(Newser) - The Federal Trade Commission had warned consumers that opting for free credit monitoring might be a better bet than hoping for a $125 check from Equifax as part of a settlement over its 2017 data breach. Now it looks like that advice was sound: A federal judge on Thursday sliced...

'Unseemly' Uber Episode Gets Resurrected in Court

The ride-hailing service waited to reveal data breach

(Newser) - Two computer hackers have pleaded guilty to concocting an extortion scheme that entangled Uber in a yearlong cover-up of a data breach that stole sensitive information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service's passengers and drivers, the AP reports. The pleas entered Wednesday in a San Jose, Calif., federal...

Here's How to Get Your Yahoo Settlement

After breach, you can get a (modest) payout or credit monitoring

(Newser) - If you had a Yahoo account between 2012 and 2016, you may now be able to claim a little payback over the company's massive data breach . Spoiler alert: You won't be getting rich. Yahoo is offering at least two years of free credit monitoring, reports CNN . If you'...

Dear Everyone in Ecuador, We Have Bad News

A breach has exposed your personal data

(Newser) - A security company has discovered a data breach that exposed the personal data of more than 20 million Ecuadoreans—which is especially impressive considering that Ecuador has a population of about 16.6 million. It seems the breach not only covers every living person in the country, but it affects...

Hacker Might Have Hit 30 Other Organizations: Filing

Prosecutors say targets could include educational institutions

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say a woman charged in a major data breach at Capital One may have hacked more than 30 other organizations. Paige Thompson, of Seattle, was arrested last month after the FBI said she obtained personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications. There is no...

Online Bragging Led to Alleged Capital One Hacker

User named 'erratic' has been writing about the data

(Newser) - It's one of the biggest-ever data breaches of a bank—and an arrest has been made. That might be of little solace to the 106 million Capital One credit card customers and applicants who had their data stolen in late March. Paige Thompson, 33, was arrested Monday in Seattle....

Here's How to File Your $125 Equifax Claim

Though you first have to check to see if you're eligible

(Newser) - Think you might be due some of the hundreds of millions being doled out to victims of the Equifax breach? It's time to file a claim. Consumers affected by the 2017 security snafu who are eligible to make a settlement claim—you can find out if that includes you...

Huge Equifax Data Breach Has Led to a Huge Penalty

Consumer credit-reporting agency to pay up to $700M to victims, states in settlement

(Newser) - After a huge data breach in 2017 that affected nearly 150 million people, a major credit-reporting agency has agreed to pay up. The Washington Post reports that, under an agreement with attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, Equifax will offer up to $700 million:...

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