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India’s National Internet Registry Breach, Data Spotted On Darknet

Over 6,000 businesses in India have been reportedly breached by an unknown cyber criminal. The enterprise arm of IT security firm Quick Heal, Seqrite claimed they spotted over 6,000 sensitive information of organizations including service providers, banks and government put up on the Darknet for sale. According to the information, the nation’s internet registry was also hit by the attack, ... Read More »

Sweden May Introduce VPN Surveillance and More Data Retention Requirements

According to documents obtained by Swedish internet service provider Banhof, the Swedish government appears to be interested in increasing the country’s data retention requirements, and may even be interested in starting surveillance of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other anonymization services. Data retention requirements in Sweden first took effect in 2010. Privacy advocates such as Rick Falkvinge, the founder of ... Read More »

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59 US Defense Agencies Have Stolen Data Online, Study Shows

Owl Cybersecurity, the company with “the world’s largest commercially available database of DARKINT,” recently published the results of a study on government’s exposure on the darknet. In 90 days, the cybersecurity firm found stolen data from almost 60 government agencies. To the surprise of many, United States defense agencies fared worse than most non-defense agencies. The study showed that the ... Read More »

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Examining Port Scan Attacks Via Data From Darknets

Port scanning is a preliminary approach that is most commonly used by hackers in order to determine vulnerable hosts that they can attack successfully. Scanning is a fully automated process that is utilized by hackers to detect machines, servers and peripherals that exist on a given network. A successful scan can yield details of machines discovered on the scanned network ... Read More »

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Selling Customer Data to Advertisers

Hotspot Shield, one of the largest Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers, has been accused of selling their customer’s private information to online advertisers. The Center for Democracy & Technology recently submitted an official complaint to the United States Federal Trade Commission in which they allege that Hotspot Shield is guilty of employing unfair and deceptive trade practices. The organization that ... Read More »

Former Employee of Healthcare Giant Sells Data of 1 Million Clients on Dark Web

  Former employee of Bupa, the multi-billion dollar healthcare giant with over 84,000 employees, was fired from the company after selling between 500,000 and 1 million medical records on the dark web. Earlier this month, analysts and consultancy firms including DataBreaches discovered that the former employee whose identity remains undisclosed had sold several batches of hundreds of thousands of medical ... Read More »

Former Apple Employees Arrested For Selling Customer Data on Dark Web

On June 7, after months of investigation, 22 people were arrested in the Southern province of Zhejiang, China, for stealing Apple customer information and selling it on the dark web. The cyber criminal group gathered sensitive personal data from Apple consumers such as names, addresses and Apple IDs amongst other types and sold batches of information on darknet marketplaces for ... Read More »

Data of 500,000 Children Stolen from Pediatricians, Sold on Dark Web

A hacker who operates with the online alias Skyscraper revealed that 500,000 records of patients have been stolen from various healthcare companies and are currently being sold on the dark web. According to Skyscraper, all of the stolen records and identities are that of children and they include sensitive information such as the names of the children and their parents, ... Read More »

AFP Illegally Accesses a Cellphone, Causes “Data Breach”

In March 2015, Australia’s data retention law (Scribd) passed with support from both sides. The law required telecoms and ISPs to keep customer metadata for two years. It also brought new requirements for accessing journalist metadata. Law enforcement, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), must apply for a Journalist Information Warrant before examining examining metadata. A mere two weeks after ... Read More »

US Judge: “Actual Location” of Electronic Data Does Not Matter

In late April 2017, magistrate judge Laurel Beeler rejected Google’s motion to quash a search warrant that requested data stored on foreign servers. This decision directly contradicted one made by circuit Judges in the New York Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a case where Microsoft fought a similar warrant. In both—unrelated but strikingly similar—cases, the tech giants received Stored ... Read More »

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Hotel Card Data Breach Hits 1,200 US Locations, Sold on Dark Web

The $10 billion major British multinational hotels company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which operates 5,028 hotels and 742,000 rooms across 100 countries, revealed that 1,200 hotels managed under the IHG management have been infected with sophisticated malware designed specifically to breach into servers and databases that handle sensitive financial information and client data. In December of 2016, KrebsOnSecurity, a cyber ... Read More »