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Report: Wendy’s May Be Latest Victim Of Credit Card Data Breach

A burger and some chili or a baked potato seems like a great meal idea in this miserably snowy winter weather so many of us are having. Unfortunately, reports are saying that if you bought that tasty treat from Wendy’s with a credit or debit card recently, it may come with an unwanted side of fraud. [More]

2015: By The Numbers

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While 2015 didn’t smash as many records for “terrible things that can happen to consumers in a single event” as 2014 — what with last year’s GM recall, Sony hack, and the like — we still had rather a lot go on in the last 365 days. Here’s a run-down of the numbers from 2015. [More]

Cox Receives $595K Slap On Wrist For Failing To Prevent Data Breach

Cox Receives $595K Slap On Wrist For Failing To Prevent Data Breach

In Aug. 2014, a hacker used a clever bit of social engineering to talk his way into accessing the personal information for an unknown number of Cox cable, Internet, and phone customers. For its failure to shield its system from this sort of outside invasion, the pay-TV company has agreed to pay $595,000 to the FCC. [More]

Former Ashley Madison Customer Sues Site Over “Army Of Fembots” With Fake Profiles

Former Ashley Madison Customer Sues Site Over “Army Of Fembots” With Fake Profiles

After hackers dumped a plethora of personal information about Ashley Madison’s 37 million subscribers online in August, the public has learned a lot about the dating site aimed at cheaters. Among the reported revelations: only about 15% of its users are women, contrary to the site’s marketing claims, a new lawsuit says. Adding insult to injury? The army of fembots scattered through the sites with fake profiles written by employees. [More]

Zoo And Museum Gift Shop Operator Confirms Details Of Payment Data Breach

Zoo And Museum Gift Shop Operator Confirms Details Of Payment Data Breach

Back in July, we shared the news that there was a possible payment data breach at numerous zoo and museum gift shops run by Service Systems Associates, a company that designs and runs cafeterias and gift shops for cultural institutions. The company has finally confirmed the breach and the dates that it happened: if you picked up a stuffed lion between March 24 and May 20 of this year, keep an eye on your credit card bills. [More]

Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate

Federal Data Breach Included 5.6M Compromised Fingerprints, Five Times The Original Estimate

Federal investigators underestimated the number of fingerprints stolen in a massive breach of the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year: the agency announced Wednesday that 5.6 million individuals’ finger prints were stolen, nearly five times the original estimate of 1.1 million compromised prints. [More]

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Security Vulnerability In New Kardashian Websites Coughs Up User Info For 600K Subscribers

If you’re not up to date on all your reality TV star news, perhaps you aren’t aware that the Kardashian/Jenner sisters recently launched new mobile apps and redesigned websites to stay even more connected with their adoring hordes than before. But while the family’s popularity has seen hundreds of thousands of people signing up for those sites, a new report says the personal information for many of those subscribers was available — albeit briefly — to anyone with the know-how to get it. [More]

Ashley Madison Says People, Even Some Real Women, Are Still Signing Up For Cheating Site

Ashley Madison Says People, Even Some Real Women, Are Still Signing Up For Cheating Site

We can understand why people continued to shop at retailers that have been hit by data breaches. You still need to buy groceries, clothing, housewares, etc. But what about a website whose main selling point is privacy? Even though AshleyMadison.com — the dating website for cheaters — has been publicly embarrassed by the posting of millions of users’ personal data, it claims that people are still signing up… and that they’re not all just dudes. [More]

Wyndham Hotels Loses Legal Battle With Feds Over Lax Security Practices

Wyndham Hotels Loses Legal Battle With Feds Over Lax Security Practices

If a consumer-facing company, like say a massive hotel chain, touts its dedication to the security of customer information and then does something to repeatedly put that information at risk — like storing unencrypted credit card data on barely secure networks — can they be forced to share some of the blame when hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers are stolen? The hotel chain says that would be blaming the victim, but a federal appeals court has affirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to go after businesses that fail to live up to their security promises. [More]

Cheating Website AshleyMadison.com Reportedly Made Nearly $2M/Year From Users Trying To Delete Accounts

Cheating Website AshleyMadison.com Reportedly Made Nearly $2M/Year From Users Trying To Delete Accounts

One of the reasons that hackers first attacked AshleyMadison.com, the dating site for people looking to cheat, is because it charges upwards of $20 to users for a “Full Delete” service that scrubs their accounts and photos from the site; something it could just do without charging. Just how many people paid for this? Enough for the website to make nearly $2 million a year. [More]

Most Small Business Owners Aren’t Ready For Chip-And-PIN Credit Cards

Most Small Business Owners Aren’t Ready For Chip-And-PIN Credit Cards

Following a string of high-profile data breaches last year, Visa and MasterCard handed down a requirement that all merchants transition to the more secure chip-enabled credit card payment system by October of this year. While several major retailers have already made or are in the process of making the switch, a new report finds that many small business owners don’t even know about the deadline – or the potentially costly consequence of not meeting it. [More]

Hanes Website Is The Latest, Oddest Victim Of Data Breach

Hanes Website Is The Latest, Oddest Victim Of Data Breach

To be honest, we had no idea that you could buy Hanes underwear (and socks, shirts, etc) from the Hanes website, mostly because we’d never really thought to look at the Hanes website. But if you have been shopping at Hanes.com — and potentially at other sites in the Hanes Brands catalog — some of your information may have been compromised. [More]

Ashley Madison Says It’s Secured All Customer Data After Hack Attack

Ashley Madison Says It’s Secured All Customer Data After Hack Attack

After a group of hackers posted a sampling of user data stolen from AshleyMadison.com, the parent company of the dating site for cheaters says it’s secured all customer information that was allegedly leaked. [More]

Federal Data Breach Reportedly Affects An Additional 21 Million People

Federal Data Breach Reportedly Affects An Additional 21 Million People

Remember when it was announced that more than four million federal employees in the country were part of a massive data breach last month? Well, turns out that was just one of two rather large data breaches to hit the Office of Personnel Management, with the newly announced second, larger hack affecting upwards of 21 million current and former employees, as well as prospective employees, their families and others who applied for federal background investigations in the last 15 years. [More]

4 Million Federal Employees Are The Latest Victims Of A Massive Data Breach

4 Million Federal Employees Are The Latest Victims Of A Massive Data Breach

There are millions of federal employees in the country, and not just in Washington, DC. The government is a big bureaucracy and a big employer — and that makes it a nice, juicy target for a big data breach. [More]

American Credit Cards Are Most Popular In The World For Hacks, Fraud (Because Our Tech Stinks)

American Credit Cards Are Most Popular In The World For Hacks, Fraud (Because Our Tech Stinks)

If it feels like we hear a whole lot of stories about retail data breaches here in the U.S., well, that’s because we do. Americans are super duper popular targets for card hacks and fraud, and it’s for one simple reason: our credit card security is bad and should feel bad. [More]

Data Breaches Now Cost Companies An Average Of $3.8M

Data Breaches Now Cost Companies An Average Of $3.8M

The aftermath of a now all-too-common data breach can be frustrating for consumers: canceling credit cards, monitoring credit reports for irregularities, and working with banks to recoup unauthorized purchases. But the hacks can also be expensive for the targeted company, with the average cost now sitting at a 10-year high of $3.8 million. [More]

Report: AdultFriendFinder Hack Attack Exposes Info For Millions Of Dating Site’s Users

Report: AdultFriendFinder Hack Attack Exposes Info For Millions Of Dating Site’s Users

AdultFriendFinder.com is one of the largest online dating sites out there and now it’s suffered a hack attack that’s exposed a hefty portion of its 64 million members: According to a new report, the data of up to four million users of the hookup site has been exposed. [More]