British Airways Data Breach

The U.K. data regulator is fining British Airways 183 million pounds ($229 million) over a breach that compromised information on half a million customers. The airline revealed in September that it had been the victim of a hack. The scam saw customers diverted to a fake website where credit card details were harvested by the attackers. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office says its investigation found “poor More »

Roughly 1/3 of Reported Data Breaches are caused by an Insider

Desjardins announced Thursday June 20, 2019 that the private information of around 2.7 million of its clients was leaked by an employee. According to a report from CBC, the employee gained access to much of this data by gaining the trust of their co-workers and leveraging that to gain access to their permissions.  “Not every breach is caused by a malicious nation-state. Insiders account for More »

Desjardins – Info for 2.9M members shared outside of organization

© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc MONTREAL — Desjardins Group said Thursday the personal information of more than 2.9 million of its members has been shared with individuals outside of the organization. The Quebec-based financial institution said the breach affects 2.7 million individual members and 173,000 business members. It said the situation is the result of unauthorized and illegal use of its internal data More »

Freedom Mobile Data Breach

Freedom Mobile confirmed Tuesday it had a data security breach from late March to late April 2019, but the wireless carrier said only about 15,000 customers were affected — far fewer than an outside research firm’s estimate. The Calgary-based company — which operates networks in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia — was apparently warned of the breach by researchers at vpnMentor, which announced it to More »

Grand Theft 2

McAfee has released its latest report “Grand Theft 2”. Here is a link to the full report here https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/assets/reports/restricted/rp-data-exfiltration-2.pdf The results were from a survey of 700 IT and security pros who worked at organizations in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As the graph indicates, compared to 2015, intentional breaches by employees have dropped from 30 percent More »

Voice Assistants ALWAYS listening

Are your beloved voice assistants listening to your conversation? According to Bloomberg, the answer is yes, and by thousands of people. In its hotly trending article, Bloomberg interviewed seven works dedicated to transcribing keywords in conversations recorded from Amazon Alexa. They’re supposed to help Alexa more accurately respond to these keywords, but as you’d imagine, these conversations can often be extremely personal private. Audio details include More »

Malware Attacks up 103%

Canada faced the second biggest increase in malware attacks last year among customers according to corporate security vendor SonicWall. Malware attacks detected by those using SonicWall firewalls and other security devices hit 432.2 million, up 103 per cent over 2017, according to a report released Tuesday by the company in its annual cyber threat report. By comparison, attacks against Brazil were up 119 per cent More »

Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 is now in extended support and Microsoft’s end-of-service date for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020 Now, we here at HSL consider any OS in ‘extended support’ to be End Of Life as the manufacturer may or may not publish a fix for any bugs found. There is no obligation or  guaranty that a patch will be released if an issue is found. More »

Bad password list

Bad habits die hard, according to SplashData’s eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year. After evaluating more than 5 million passwords leaked on the Internet, the company found that computer users continue using the same predictable, easily guessable passwords. Using these passwords will put anyone at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen. While terrible passwords such as “123456” and More »

Quora Data Breach Affects 100 Million Users

Quora, a question and answer website has had a data breach that affected over 100 Million users. IT World Canada is reporting that the California-based company said Monday that about 100 million users who log in to use the service may have had their accounts compromised in a security breach. That’s about half its estimated total number of users. Click here for the complete story  More »

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