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As federal agency reels from massive data breach, Chinese hackers blamed

The US government is badly leaking data. And China, the prime suspect in the latest data breach, isn't helping. The most recent victim of a massive data breach is the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal agency responsible for vetting about 90 percent of the people for working in the federal government. Read more...

 

 

 Assume your GitHub account is hacked, users with weak crypto keys told

GitHub has revoked an unknown number of cryptographic keys used to access accounts after a developer found they contained a catastrophic weakness that came to light some seven years ago. The keys, which allow authorized users to log into public repository accounts belonging to the likes of Spotify, Yandex, and UK government developers, were generated using a buggy pseudo random number generator originally contained in the Debian distribution of Linux. Read more...

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Hackers Hit the IRS and Make Off With 100K Taxpayers’ Files

On Tuesday the IRS admitted that it had been the target of a breach that compromised 100,000 taxpayers’ files between February and the middle of this month. And though that may seem like a relatively small set of victims compared with recent breaches like the one affecting Target or the health insurer Anthem, the IRS says the attackers gained the full tax return transcript of the affected taxpayers, which could included a detailed dossier of their personal information including income and social security numbers. Read more...

 

 

Study: Average cost of data breach is $6.5M !!!

​An annual study from the Ponemon Institute and IBM released on Wednesday found that the average cost per capita cost in a data breach increased to $217 in 2015 from $201 in 2014. Plus, the average total cost of a data breach increased to $6.5 million from $5.8 million the prior year. Read more...

 

 

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

Sakurity hacker Egor Homakov has found a way to dupe Starbucks into loading free cash onto the "coffee" chain's payment cards. Homakov says a race condition within Starbuck's card purchase system means money can be transferred between cards without it being deducted. The bug hunter exploited the bug and tested it by purchasing food and drink at Starbucks. He says he pulled off the hack which he first quietly reported to the coffee house by opening two browser windows and simultaneously moving US$5 from one account to another in both sessions. Read more...

 

 

'Phantom Menace' Hack Strikes Oil Industry Computers!

What looked to be an ordinary malware attack on a computer at an oil-trading firm turns out to have been part of a targeted attack on the industry at large, according to a report from Panda Security. It began, as it so often does, with someone on their work computer opening an email attachment they shouldn't have. This attachment, instead of producing one of the many trojans, worms or viruses already watched for by antivirus programs, merely unpacked a few common scripts and tools often used by Windows programs — thus avoiding detection. Read more...

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