Topic / Stolen Data

LinkedIn HACKED! 6.5m passwords reportedly stolen, company confirms data theft

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UPDATE: LinkedIn, the popular business-orientated social network, has been compromised with, reported 6.5 million passwords leaked out onto a Russian hacker website, and hackers are working on cracking the encrypted passwords. LinkedIn has confirmed today that “some” accounts have been compromised, but refused to speculate how much. “We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts,” Vicente Silveria said on the LinkedIn Blog. “We […]

PSN Fallout: Homeland Security, Privacy Commissioner investigate; banks affected

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The response to Sony’s PlayStation Network hack has now reached an unprecedented scale, with reports that the US Department of Homeland Security will join in investigating the breach. “DHS’ U. S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team [US-CERT] is working with law enforcement, international partners and Sony to assess the situation,” spokesman Chris Ortman told NextGov. US-CERT is part of the National Cyber Security Division in the department, and coordinates a response […]

New Zealand man gained access to US military files

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State broadcaster, TVNZ, is reporting that a New Zealand man has gained access to personal information, including names and social security numbers, of American soldiers after buying an MP3 player, which cost him $18, from a thrift shop in Oklahoma. Chris Ogle, from Whangerei, plugged in the MP3 to his computer and found 60 files in total. Among the information, he found lists of soldiers based in Afghanistan, and mobile […]

MoD confirms another laptop stolen

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The Ministry of Defence in the UK has admitted that another laptop with "sensitive information" has been stolen while one of its officials checked out of Britannia Adelphi in Liverpool’s city centre on Thursday. This comes after the Ministry was forced to admit that it had lost 658 laptops between 2004 and 2007. This now brings the total to 659. It had previously admitted that it had lost 347, but […]

UK data leak affects 25 million

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Britain’s tax and customs service has lost banking and personal data of 25 million people – nearly half of the entire 60 million population in the UK – when 2 computer hard drive disks were missing on their way to a government audit office in an internal mail service. Paul Gray, the chairman of the Revenue and Customs department, has resigned over the scandal. Treasury chief Alistair Darling revealed that […]

A monster is to steal your data

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The US jobs website, Monster, has now questions to answer after it had lost hundreds and thousands of users data by an online attack. A computer program was used to access the employers’ section using stolen data. Symantec, which warned Monster about the attack, said that “the log-ins were used to harvest user names, e-mail addresses, home addresses and phone numbers, which were uploaded to a remote web server.”