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Millions caught in South Africa’s ‘worst data breach’

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South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history

Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41696703

Millions caught in South Africa’s ‘worst data breach’ – BBC News

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South Africa has been hit by what is described as the worst data breach in history

Authorities in South Africa are investigating a data breach which has seen the personal details of more than 30 million citizens leaked on the internet – placing them

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41696703

IRS: Equifax breach includes much data crooks already had stolen

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While IRS reports progress on cracking down on tax-related ID fraud, consumers and businesses warned to watch out for con artists who want more of your data.
Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press

So among other cyber security worries, now we’re all wondering how the stolen Equifax data — which includes Social Security numbers — might drive up tax refund fraud. 

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that he’s doubtful that the Equifax breach will make a noticeable difference in tax-related ID scams. That’s because a significant amount of that data was stolen through earlier breaches in recent years at major employers, cyber attacks on the

Read more at: http://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2017/10/18/koskinen-tax-scams-insurance-schemes/767460001/

Australian Government Discloses Breach of Defense Supplier’s Computer

 

According to the Australian government, hackers infiltrated certain defense contractor’s PC in 2016. Before launching the yearly threat report of the Australian Cyber Security Center scheduled for October 10, Dan Tehan Assistant Minister for Cyber Security couldn’t confirm the individual’s name behind the hack.

 

Managing to reach the Information Technology network, the intruders remained there for long as they stole vast volumes of data belonging to the defense supplier. When in November 2016, the Australian Cyber Security Center of the federal government became aware of the incident it assisted in halting the attack.

 

Tehan explained that the hacker could be a state-sponsored online thief or a normal cyber-criminal, either way the individual’s behavior prompted serious action. The minister said nothing could be fully confirmed, a usual hazard in this field of cyber-crime. He couldn’t also state the length of time the intruders stayed on the computer. However, according to him, the IT

Read more at: http://www.spamfighter.com/News-21173-Australian-Government-Discloses-Breach-of-Defense-Suppliers-Computer.htm

Here are 3 steps to take to keep ID thieves at bay following Equifax data breach

The idea that a cyber criminal could assume your identity and destroy the credit you’ve worked hard to build can be overwhelming.

But if you think you can’t defend yourself, you need to think again.

One of the first things you can do is check your credit report free of charge by going to annualcreditreport.com.

Based on federal law, you’re entitled to a free annual report from each of the three big U.S. credit reporting companies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Once you’re on the annualcreditreport.com website, you’ll need to provide information to verify you are who you say you are, like your name, address and Social Security number.

You’ll then go to the website of the credit reporting company you select. That’s where you can make sure your information is accurate.

“That way you can see what accounts are open that are truly

Read more at: http://www.wlwt.com/article/here-are-3-steps-to-take-to-keep-id-thieves-at-bay-following-equifax-data-breach/12277055

Here are 3 steps to take to keep ID thieves at bay following Equifax data breach

The idea that a cyber criminal could assume your identity and destroy the credit you’ve worked hard to build can be overwhelming.

But if you think you can’t defend yourself, you need to think again.

One of the first things you can do is check your credit report free of charge by going to annualcreditreport.com.

Based on federal law, you’re entitled to a free annual report from each of the three big U.S. credit reporting companies, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Once you’re on the annualcreditreport.com website, you’ll need to provide information to verify you are who you say you are, like your name, address and Social Security number.

You’ll then go to the website of the credit reporting company you select. That’s where you can make sure your information is accurate.

“That way you can see what accounts are open that are truly

Read more at: http://www.wlwt.com/article/here-are-3-steps-to-take-to-keep-id-thieves-at-bay-following-equifax-data-breach/12277055

Guest view: After Equifax breach, be vigilant

Equifax recently announced a data breach that exposed names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and even driver’s license numbers for 143 million Americans. The same security breach led to over 209,000 credit card numbers being stolen.

Equifax, along with TransUnion and Experian, are our three main U.S. credit reporting agencies. They are in the business of collecting the data that is computed into our credit score. This data includes open and closed credit cards, balances, payment data, mortgages, utilities and much more.

Over a month ago, some cyber-criminal group managed to hack into the Equifax corporate database and steal this information. We may eventually find out who the culprits were, but according to several cyber experts, the data stolen may be sold through dark channels and be worth over $30 million. The most valuable information is complete names/addresses/dates of birth/Social Security numbers with a credit card. And over 200,000 of

Read more at: http://www.cpbj.com/article/20170918/CPBJ01/170919863/guest-view-after-equifax-breach-be-vigilant

Increase in cyber crime investigations due to high-profile data breach incidents

The latest in a long string of cybersecurity breaches has millions of Americans rushing to sign up for credit monitoring or freezing their credit altogether.

Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting services, reports personal information “potentially impacting” at least 143 million Americans, including more than 730,000 West Virginians — had been accessed. The breach was discovered in July but the American public was kept in the dark until Sept. 7.

Prior attacks have targeted everything from major retailers — Target, Home Depot and Michael’s, for instance.

“We’ve been seeing a continued increase in hacking and hacking attempts,” said Glen Gainer, President and CEO of the National White Collar Crime Center in Fairmont. The non-profit trains law enforcement primarily in computer forensics and financial fraud.

“Recently NW3C completed a survey of major city police departments across the country, we found with almost 60 percent of the departments there had been some attempt to

Read more at: https://www.theet.com/statejournal/increase-in-cyber-crime-investigations-due-to-high-profile-data/article_9701edf7-5e42-50e4-907f-15a2e9dafe73.html

Equifax data breach — here’s what we can learn from it

Although data breaches and cyber attacks have flooded the news for several years, the revelation that 143 million Equifax customer records were breached still raises eyebrows and a lot of concern.

While it is too early to fully understand the Equifax breach, many people question how, despite thousands of brilliant people developing cybersecurity capabilities, we still have so many data breaches.

What exactly is a data breach, why are they so common, and how can we stop them?

A data breach is the unauthorized viewing, access of, retrieval or theft of data; you also may have read about data “exfiltration,” the unauthorized transfer of data from a computer, which is a type of data breach.

According to Risk Based Security, which tracks data breaches worldwide, more than 2,200 data breaches occurred in the first half of 2017 alone. These cyber incidents are so common because our online exposure is vast

Read more at: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/350048-equifax-data-breach-heres-what-we-can-learn-from-it

Everything You Should Know About the 2017 Equifax Breach

A huge data breach happened at Equifax, leaving hundreds of thousands of consumers with their personal information in the hands of nefarious criminals. Equifax is one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States. That makes it the caretaker of a veritable treasure trove of personal information for cyber criminals. That information includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers, and sometimes even credit card information. Read on to find out everything you should know about the 2017 Equifax breach.

2017 equifax breach

The 2017 Equifax breach is the worst I can recall, so let’s go over what you need to know about it

What Happened with the 2017 Equifax Breach?

According to the consumer notice provided by the company, Equifax fell victim to a cyber criminal attack sometime in May 2017. The intrusion targeted a

Read more at: https://www.macobserver.com/news/everything-know-2017-equifax-breach/