Tag Archive | "data-leak"


29 June 2011 | 12,095 views

Groupon India Subsidiary Leaks 300,000 Plain Text User Passwords

Oh look! Another data-leak, this was was pretty bad as it contained plain-text passwords (who on earth doesn’t hash their passwords in the DB in 2011?!). Anyway this time it was a Groupon subsidary – Sosata.com which managed to leak the e-mail addresses and plain-text passwords for 300,000 users AND on top of that, Google [...]

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19 October 2010 | 7,591 views

Facebook Apps Leaking Personal Data To Third Parties

Less than a week after our story about Facebook Introducing OTP (One-time Password) Functionality to make the site more secure, their dubious privacy standards have hit the news again. Facebook privacy has been in the news numerous times and it’s a subject we’ve also covered many times, with the sheer mass of users on the [...]

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16 June 2010 | 7,503 views

iPhone 4 Pre-Order System Exposes Customer Data

The big talk over the past weekend was about this, the AT&T system for recording pre-sales records for the new Apple iPad exposed account information. I didn’t think it was a big deal until they did something similar again today with the iPhone 4…the second time in one week – that must be some kind [...]

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24 March 2010 | 7,409 views

Website Auto-complete Leaks Data Even Over Encrypted Link

I’m always fascinated by side-channel attacks where the attack is focused on the underlying architecture of the cryptosystem and the data echos it creates rather than the algorithm or implementation itself. Similar somewhat to the recent breaking of OpenSSL using power fluctuations. This time some researcher type fellas focused on the digital noise autocomplete webforms [...]

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10 February 2009 | 5,325 views

Kaspersky Lab Alleged Customer Database Hack From SQL Injection Flaw

The latest big news is that on February 6th the Kaspersky Customer Records database was hacked through a simple SQL injection flaw on the website. The hacker claimed it was possible to expose all customer data including users, activation codes, lists of bugs, admins, shot and so on. The anonymous hacker hasn’t actually posted any [...]

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13 November 2008 | 5,978 views

Express Scripts Offers $1million Reward for Cyber Extortionists

This is an interesting story, I’ll be watching how it develops – it’s not often you see a bounty for online crimes and especially one as enticing as 1 million dollars! That’s a hell of a sum for nailing down some dodgy hackers who are running an extortion scam after a data leak. I really [...]

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08 October 2008 | 4,305 views

MI6 Sells Digital Camera on Ebay Containing Terrorist Images

Another classic data leakage….and once again it happened on Ebay! This time it’s a British agency known as MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) demonstrating a distinct lack of intelligence. How on earth does something like even happen? Even smaller agencies and companies I’ve worked with have rigorous data destruction policies when old equipment is recycled or [...]

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07 March 2008 | 7,530 views

Ferret Version 1.1 – Data Seepage Detection Tool

Ferret works on the concept of “data seepage”: bits of benign data that people willingly broadcast to the world (as opposed to “leakage”, which is data people want to hide from the world). Examples of data seepage are what happens when you power-on your computer. It will broadcast to the world the list of WiFi [...]

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07 September 2006 | 125,080 views

Hacking Still Can’t Outdo Stupidity for Data Leaks

Can you believe this the provincial government in British Columbia has managed to auction off a set of data tapes containing people’s social insurance numbers, dates of birth and medical records among other information. The provincial government has auctioned off computer tapes containing thousands of highly sensitive records, including information about people’s medical conditions, their [...]

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30 August 2006 | 28,356 views

AT&T Hack Exposes 19,000 Identities

Ah another huge hacking resulting in a large loss of confidential information, companies really need to start getting more pro-active about aggresively testing their corporate networks and web based applications. Information including CREDIT CARD numbers sadly. AT&T on Tuesday said hackers broke into one of its computer systems and accessed personal data on thousands of [...]

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