Hershey's Website Hacked… To Change Recipe

Hershey's Website Hacked… To Change Recipe

While a number of websites and mailing lists have fallen victim to attacks intent on stealing personal information or just proving that the hack was possible, whoever managed to penetrate the security of the Hershey’s Chocolate website had a much more insidious goal: changing recipes. [More]

Researcher: 8 Percent Of Android Apps Leak Private Info

Researcher: 8 Percent Of Android Apps Leak Private Info

Free apps sometimes come at a hidden cost, because malicious software can come in seemingly harmless forms, exposing personal data and sending spammy text messages from users’ accounts. An anti-malware service provider studied 10,000 Android apps found that 800 of the programs were spreading personal data around, and 11 were spamming phony text messages. [More]

Morgan Stanley Data Breach Burns 34,000 Investment Clients

Morgan Stanley Data Breach Burns 34,000 Investment Clients

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney says it has lost two CD-ROMs containing password-protected but not-encrypted data from investment clients. A spokesman for the brokerage says there’s no evidence that there was criminal intent in the breach, or that the information has been misused. [More]

Which Credit Card Companies Do The Best At Keeping Your Data Safe?

Which Credit Card Companies Do The Best At Keeping Your Data Safe?

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have already been 216 credit card data breaches in 2011, including the Citi hack that resulted in $2.7 million of stolen funds. And while the number of breaches is down from 333 during the same period of time from last year, the security of our credit card information is still a big concern. [More]

Citigroup: 360K Customers' Credit Cards, Not 200K, Were Exposed To Hackers In Breach

Citigroup: 360K Customers' Credit Cards, Not 200K, Were Exposed To Hackers In Breach

Citigroup, which suffered a massive data breach that exposed hundreds of thousands of credit cards, upped its initial estimate of the amount of customers’ credit cards exposed from 200,000 to 360,000. [More]

Hackers Swipe Emails, Addresses And Passwords From Video Game Site

Hackers Swipe Emails, Addresses And Passwords From Video Game Site

These are not the best of times to be a gamer who leaves personal information on websites. In addition to the Sony troubles of the past couple months, British game publisher Codemasters has been hacked, leaving emails, addresses and passwords exposed. [More]

Hackers Say They've Stolen Email Addresses, Passwords Of Sony Pictures And Sony BMG Customers

Hackers Say They've Stolen Email Addresses, Passwords Of Sony Pictures And Sony BMG Customers

Sony’s troubles with hackers continue. Now that the company has recovered from the PlayStation Network outage and lengthy rebuilding process, hackers claim to have stolen and posted email addresses and passwords from 50,000 Sony customers on the Sony Pictures and Sony BMG sites. [More]

Michaels Hit With Possible Class-Action Suit Over Data Breach

Michaels Hit With Possible Class-Action Suit Over Data Breach

Three weeks after craft store Michaels fell victim to a data breach that compromised customers’ credit and debit card information, the chain has been hit with a lawsuit seeking class-action status for all those who directly affected by the hack. [More]

Lockheed Martin Says Hackers Didn't Get Sensitive Info In Data Breach

Lockheed Martin Says Hackers Didn't Get Sensitive Info In Data Breach

On May 21, hackers breached the defenses of aerospace/defense/security mega-contractor Lockheed Martin, causing cyber detectives to converge at the company’s Washington, D.C.-area headquarters. The experts have yet to track down the origins of the attack, but insist they didn’t make off with any sensitive information. [More]

Three More Sony Sites Fall To Hackers

Three More Sony Sites Fall To Hackers

Sony got hacked. Again. In three different countries. The music giant confirmed that it had to shut down its Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications shopping site in Canada after thieves broke in and stole personal information of about 2,000 customers. [More]

Senators Ask SEC To Force Companies To Reveal Data Leaks

Senators Ask SEC To Force Companies To Reveal Data Leaks

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller has come up with a new tactic to push companies like Sony to disclose hack attacks and data security breaches more promptly: He’s asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to require companies to treat attacks as time-sensitive information that must be provided to investors. [More]

5 Things To Do When A Company Leaks Your Data

5 Things To Do When A Company Leaks Your Data

What should yo do if you’re a victim of Sony’s recent security breaches — or of similar data leaks at other security-challenged-companies? Our clever cousins at Consumer Reports have come up with a set of tips to help you weather the post-hack storm. Top of the list: Accept free credit-monitoring services that the company offers to its customers, but don’t count on them to catch everything. [More]

Michaels Warns Customers Of Possible Data Breach

Michaels Warns Customers Of Possible Data Breach

If you’ve shopped at a Michaels big-box craft store recently and used a credit or debit card, keep an eye on your statements, especially if you shopped in the greater Chicago area. The chain notified customers on its e-mail list earlier today about a possible PIN pad breach in Chicago that may apply to other stores as well. [More]

Texas Data Breach Exposes 3.5 Million Addresses, SSNs

Texas Data Breach Exposes 3.5 Million Addresses, SSNs

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Even data breaches. As many as 3.5 million residents of the state found their personal data has been set free in a gaffe by the state government. [More]

Mass. Restaurant Chain Fined $110K For Data Breach

Mass. Restaurant Chain Fined $110K For Data Breach

A Massachusetts restaurant chain agreed to pay a $110,000 fine to settle a complaint that alleged hackers nabbed customers’ credit card and debit card info in 2009. [More]

TJX Hacker May Have Also Been Working For The Secret Service For $75,000 A Year

TJX Hacker May Have Also Been Working For The Secret Service For $75,000 A Year

Albert Gonzalez, the mastermind behind most of the multi-million dollar credit card breaches in the past few years, is being sentenced this week. (Feds are asking for 25 years.) Now his former accomplice, Stephen Watt, has told Wired that while Gonzalez was busy stealing and selling credit card data he was also being paid under the table by the U.S. Secret Service to inform on others, earning as much as $75,000 in cash annually. [More]

State Job Website Has Great Opportunities For Self-Starting Identity Thieves

State Job Website Has Great Opportunities For Self-Starting Identity Thieves

CBS 5 exposed a “gaping hole” in the code of California’s state-run employment website that allows anyone who views the site to access and modify other users’ resumes and personal info simply by changing some numbers in the URL.

Wave Of Fake Debt Collectors Hints At Possible Data Breach

Wave Of Fake Debt Collectors Hints At Possible Data Breach

The Better Business Bureau has released a warning to be aware of scammers calling to threaten people with arrest “within the hour” for defaulting on payday loans. What makes them stand out from normal debt collecting scammers is these callers have huge amounts of personal info on their victims, including Social Security and drivers license numbers; old bank account numbers; names of employers, relatives, and friends; and home addresses.