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September 28, 2016
Senators Demand Answers of Mayer on Yahoo Data Breach
Six Democratic senators are demanding answers from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer about the massive data breach that the company disclosed last week. The legislators want to know when Yahoo discovered the breach, which occurred in 2014, and why it took so long to disclose it to the public. The Yahoo data breach involves information from…
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September 20, 2016
Fighting Account Takeover Attacks With AuthTables
The goal of many attackers is taking over a target account. That can be the account of an admin at a large enterprise, the bank account of a high net-worth victim, or the email account of a human rights activist. While banks and financial services companies are aware of the problem, many other organizations aren’t,…
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August 31, 2016
68 Million Hashed Dropbox Passwords Dumped Online
The scope of a compromise of Dropbox four years ago that the company initially said only involved customer email addresses being stolen has now expanded, with more than 68 million user passwords dumped online. The cache comprises passwords that are hashed with either SHA-1 or bcrypt and none of them are in plaintext. When Dropbox…
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August 30, 2016
Google Login Issue Allows Credential Theft
Attackers can add an arbitrary page to the end of a Google login flow that can steal users’ credentials. or alternatively, send users an arbitrary file any time a login form is submitted, due to a bug in the login process. A researcher in the UK identified the vulnerability recently and notified Google of it,…
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August 9, 2016
Oracle Looking Into Micros Data Breach
Oracle is in the process of investigating a data breach that affects customers of its MICROS point-of-sale systems. The breach apparently hit the software giant sometime last month, and it involves the customer portal for MICROS users. Oracle, which purchased MICROS in 2014, has sent a letter to affected customers, warning them that the company is doing…
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July 26, 2016
NIST Plans to Drop SMS for Two-Factor Authentication
UPDATED–The move toward two-factor authentication and two-step verification for high-value services has been a positive one for user security, but many of those services use SMS as the channel for the second step in the authentication process, a method that the United States government is preparing to recommend against using. The National Institute of Standards and Technology…
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June 21, 2016
Google Simplifies Two-Step Verification
Google is changing the way that users of its Gmail and other apps use its two-step verification process, making it easier for users to approve or deny new logins. Currently, users who have two-step verification enabled have to enter a short code from an app or use a hardware token in order to log in…
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June 20, 2016
Firefox Containers Allows For Separate Online Identities
Mozilla is testing a new feature in pre-release versions of its Firefox browser that enable users to employ multiple personas or identities in different contexts at the same time. The feature, known as Containers, is designed to help users separate their various personal, work, and other online activities. The new feature is currently in the Nightly…
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June 9, 2016
32 Million Twitter Credentials Dumped Online
A massive cache of credentials and email addresses associated with Twitter accounts has been posted for sale online, but Twitter officials say the information did not come from a breach of the company’s network. The database of more than 32 million passwords and email addresses–including many plaintext passwords–was offered for sale on an underground forum…
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June 6, 2016
Bulgarian Sentenced in $6 Million Tax Refund Scheme
The IRS and taxpayers themselves have been the targets of a wide range of attacks and scams for many years, most of which involve some variety of identity theft. The fraudsters behind these operations often go unpunished, but in a rare victory, the U.S. government has convicted and sentenced to nearly four years in prison a Bulgarian…
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