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How hackers can use stolen fingerprints

Hackers could use a stolen fingerprint to break into a fairly rudimentary security system. A more advanced system might be possible, too, if they have lots of time and money at their disposal.

There are multiple ways to fool fingerprint readers. Stolen fingerprints are more helpful to hackers if they also have metadata – associated identities and login information, since two-factor security systems often require both conventional passwords and fingerprint scans.

Full article: How criminals might use stolen fingerprints.

Seattle woman detained for Capital One data breach

Authorities managed to detain an individual suspected of being behind the Capital One hack, which news reports reveal as a woman who used to work for Amazon Web Services.

According to the US Justice Department, the arrested woman is 33-year-old Paige Thompson from Seattle. Upon her arrest two days ago, the former technology software engineer was charged with IT fraud and computer abuse for allegedly breaking into Capital One systems and stealing data.

Source: Seattle woman detained for Capital One data breach

Russia’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History’

Hackers successfully targeted Russia’s state security agency last week through a major contractor, stealing and publishing details 7.5 terabytes of secret internet projects including social media scraping and Tor de-anonymization.

FSB is Russia’s primary security agency with parallels with the FBI and MI5, but its remit stretches beyond domestic intelligence to include electronic surveillance overseas and significant intelligence-gathering oversight.

Source: Russia’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History’

Civil liberties group challenges ‘Bulk hacking’ by UK spy agencies

“Bulk hacking” powers exploited by the intelligence services to access electronic devices represent an illegal intrusion into the private lives of millions of people, the high court has been told.

In its latest challenge to the 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPA), the civil rights organisation Liberty has argued that government surveillance practices breach human rights law.

Source: ‘Bulk hacking’ by UK spy agencies is illegal, high court told

Employees are almost as dangerous to business security as hackers and cybercriminals

Non-malicious insiders are among the top three threat actors, according to an ISACA report. Employee mistakes and system errors are a larger threat to data security than hackers or insiders, one report found, while 75% of IT professionals say they are vulnerable to insider threats, another survey said.

Top three threat actors to businesses:

  1. Cybercriminals (32%)
  2. Hackers (23%)
  3. Non-malicious insiders (15%)

Source: Employees are almost as dangerous to business security as hackers and cybercriminals

Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents

A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers.

The hackers breached three sites associated with the FBI National Academy Association, a coalition of different chapters across the U.S. promoting federal and law enforcement leadership and training located at the FBI training academy in Quantico, VA.

The hackers then put up for download on their own website the data containing about 4,000 unique records, including member names, a mix of personal and government email addresses, job titles, phone numbers and their postal addresses.

Source: Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents | TechCrunch

Children’s identity theft on rise

Cyber criminals are hacking into sensitive networks to steal the identities of children and are selling it on in underground market places.

Personal information is leaked in data breaches all the time, but what makes the data on children so useful to cyber criminals is how they don’t have any credit history – so they offer a free pass for fraudulent purchases, loans and other transactions without the barriers that might be associated with data belonging to adults.

Source: The latest dark web cyber-criminal trend: Selling children’s personal data | ZDNet

Cyber-attack costs spiral to over £25m for aluminium manufacturer

The hacking campaign that hit Norwegian aluminium producer, Hydro has already cost the company in excess of £25m.

A number of the firm’s smelting plants were brought to a standstill, while operations were redirected through alternative channels as bosses struggled with the cyber-attack. Most of the money has been lost through the company’s Extruded Solutions division which manufactures aluminium facades.

Source: Cyber-attack costs spiral to over £25m for aluminium manufacturer

DLA Piper and its insurers clash over multi-million NotPetya payout

Multinational law firm DLA Piper was hit in the crossfire as Russia-backed ransomware spread, and Hiscox is reportedly declining to pay up citing an “act of war”.

DLA Piper has started proceedings against Hiscox, saying that the insurance firm has failed to pay out for the damages and costs associated with the NotPetya attack – a claim which may amount to several million pounds.

Source: DLA Piper and its insurers clash over multi-million NotPetya payout

Data breaches up 400 percent, 15 billion records compromised

The number of data breaches increased more than 400 percent in 2018 exposing almost 15 billion records, according to the identity intelligence company 4iQ.

The company’s annual report confirmed 12,440 new breaches, a 424 percent increase compared to 2017, and of the 14.9 billion records compromised, 3.6 billion were confirmed real and exposed for the first time and were not part of an earlier breach. Government agencies were fastest growing target suffering a 291 percent increase in data breach incidents and the United States and China were home for 47 percent of all breached records, 4iQ found.

Source: Data breaches up 400 percent, 15 billion records compromised: report | SC Media

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