"If you look at the history of data breach and data disclosure issues, they're not quite as impactful as the business disruption events," Vadala said.
It finds that for under $50, criminals can sell a person's complete digital life on the dark web, including data from breached social media accounts; banking details; remote access to servers or desktops; data from popular services like Uber, Netflix, and Spotify; and accounts for gaming websites, dating apps and porn websites, which might include credit card information.
Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong-based international airline, acknowledged on Wednesday that its computer system had been compromised at least seven months ago, exposing the personal data and travel histories of as many as 9.4 million people.
I think, Matthew, you and I were talking about this earlier about, what was it, something like 15 million Chinese people have been placed on, because of their low score on one of these systems, they have been banned from being allowed to buy plane tickets or to ride trains.
Experian’s site exposed the personal identification numbers — the PINs needed to thaw credit freezes — after users answered their security questions with a blanket answer: None of the above.
The ASPI report also takes a swing at both federal government agencies (Govpass) and Australia Post (Digital iD) for developing broadly similar digital identity credentials, saying neither scheme “is governed by dedicated legislation, beyond existing laws such as the inadequate Privacy Act 1988, leaving Australians vulnerable to having their data misused.”
A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. CMS didn’t say exactly what kind of data was included in the stolen files, nor did it say how the breach happened.
Jane Manchun Wong -- the fan of reverse engineering who tipped us off about Facebook dating and voice control in Messenger -- has unearthed the Unsend option in the Facebook Messenger app.
If you want to remove particular Google services from your account, click Delete products and sign into your account when prompted. You'll see a list of all the Google services associated with your account -- just click the trash can icon next to those you want to delete.
According to digital forensics and incident response expert Barnaby Skeggs, there is a file in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems, called WaitList.dat, that can collect sensitive information, such as email text and passwords, such a manner that many users might not know about it.
Social credit is like a personal scorecard for each of China's 1.4 billion citizens. Dandan's financial behaviour will be an important measure for the national social credit score.
A year ago … 145.5 million U.S. adults had their social security numbers stolen in an easily preventable breach. Equifax is one of many problems that will keep happening if people continue to use SSN for identity.
In all, 380,000 payment cards are affected, and British Airway urges anyone who believes their details may have been compromised to get in touch with their bank or credit card company.
In 2014, the Chinese government released its plans to extend financial credit scoring systems to include measures of social behaviour by 2020. In 2013, China’s National Bureau of Statistics signed 11 major data-sharing agreements with Chinese companies, including Baidu, Alibaba, and China Unicom.
The worse news is that Google has reportedly been doing a significant part of it in secret, and other tech companies like Facebook and Amazon are exploring ways to get ahold of your banking data, too.
Google has reportedly bought Mastercard credit card data in the US to help it track users' offline spending in stores. Mastercard told the BBC it offers its own "media measurement services" to retailers, in which the merchant provides advertising campaign details and it supplies spending data for the duration of the campaign.
According to the site’s sources, Google paid Mastercard for credit card transaction data. Naturally, privacy advocates will go nuts over this report, especially since it involves Google as well as one of the world’s largest credit card companies.
Identity theft is a crime in which an unauthorized party obtains personal or financial information such as your name, address, driver’s license, social security number (SSN), credit card and/or bank statements to assume your identity and make transactions or purchases.
Thomas Hardjono, a secure identities researcher at MIT's Trust and Data Consortium, points to credit card numbers, identifiers authenticated with a chip plus a PIN or a signature. You can get a new credit card as needed; changing your phone number can be incredibly inconvenient.