CyberGate IT

Equifax had patch 2 months before hack and didn’t install it, security group says

SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers took advantage of an Equifax security vulnerability two months after an industry group discovered the coding flaw and shared a fix for it, raising questions about why Equifax didn’t update its software successfully when the danger became known. A week after Equifax revealed one of the largest breaches of consumers’ private … Read more

Equifax Inc., Cyber-attack & Breach

Equifax Inc. said its systems were struck by a cyber-attack that may have affected about 143 million U.S. customers of the credit reporting agency, shedding light on one of the largest and most intrusive breaches in history. Intruders accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s license numbers. Read more details here. Author:Brian … Read more

14M customers vulnerable in massive Verizon data leak

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“Names, address, account details and personal identification numbers for as many as 14 million Verizon customers were publicly accessible and unsecured in June because of a third-party cloud server problem, according to a new report. Chris Vickery, of Upguard, reported the breach after he discovered a database of Verizon customers on a cloud server account … Read more

Target Reaches $18.5M Settlement on Breach

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“Target Corp. has reached an $18.5 million settlement over a massive data breach that occurred before Christmas in 2013, New York’s attorney general announced Tuesday. The agreement involving 47 states and the District of Columbia is the largest multistate data breach settlement to date, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office said. The settlement, which stipulates … Read more

Abta data breach: Tens of thousands of holidaymakers hit in massive cyber attack

“The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has come forward and disclosed a major data breach, with as many as 43,000 people at possible risk from the huge cyber attack. The attack that breached the website resulted in the hackers gaining access to around 1,000 files containing information that could include encrypted passwords and email … Read more

Reports of Potential Data Breach at Saks Fifth Ave

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“There are reports of Saks Fifth Avenue inadvertently exposing the personal information of customers online. The breach, which was first reported by Buzzfeed, had the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of shoppers visible on the Saks website. Parent company Hudson’s Bay Co. released the following statement regarding the incident: “We take this matter seriously. We … Read more

Memorial Hospital pays $5.5M in settlement over potential HIPAA violations

“Memorial Healthcare Systems has agreed to pay a $5.5 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over potential HIPAA violations. The security breach was discovered when Memorial launched an internal investigation in 2012 after two hospital employees stole patients’ personal information to make money filing phony tax returns, said Kerting Baldwin, … Read more

As many as 7.5 million voter records involved in Georgia data breach

“Millions of Georgia voters may have had their personal information compromised for the second time in as many years, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation Friday at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Election Systems involving an alleged data breach. As many as 7.5 million voter records may be involved, according to a … Read more

Weekends Only reports credit card data breach

“The credit card information of Weekends Only online shoppers has been compromised, the furniture retailer has learned. The company says Aptos, the company that hosts its online payment platform experienced a data breach. That company is working with cyber security experts, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice in the investigation. Weekends Only has … Read more

Daytona State College warns employees of potential data breach

“Daytona State College is warning its staff about a potential data breach involving W-2 information after one employee had his or her personal information misused. The investigation is in its early stages and at this point officials aren’t sure if a data breach did in fact occur. “Our investigation is ongoing, and we are working … Read more