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Hacker Gets 41 Months In Prison For iPad Data Breach

Remember back in 2010, when some hackers discovered an exploit with AT&T’s system that allowed them to access and publish account information for around 114,000 iPad users? One of the fellas behind that breach was sentenced earlier today to 41 months behind bars. [More]

Visa, MasterCard Don't Want You Knowing Which Companies Are Failing At Protecting Your Information

Visa, MasterCard Don't Want You Knowing Which Companies Are Failing At Protecting Your Information

If your bank tells you that your credit card information was stolen from an online merchant you bought something from, it only makes sense that the bank also tell you which e-tailer failed at protecting your information. But the banks say they can’t share this info because the folks at Visa and MasterCard prefer to keep that information private lest you stop doing business with the sources of the leaked information. [More]

Payment Processor: Up To 1.5 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen

Payment Processor: Up To 1.5 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen

The news from the hacked third-party payment processor for MasterCard and Visa got worse over the weekend, as early reported estimates of around 50,000 card numbers put at risk turned out to be wrong by 1.45 million. [More]

MasterCard, Visa Payment Processor Says Violation Occurred In Early March; 50,000 Cards At Risk

MasterCard, Visa Payment Processor Says Violation Occurred In Early March; 50,000 Cards At Risk

Earlier today, we wrote about how MasterCard and Visa had begun notifying banks about a possible data breach at a third-party company that processes credit card payments. Now more information has come out regarding when the breach occurred and how many people may be affected. [More]

MasterCard, Visa Warn Banks Of Possible Data Breach

MasterCard, Visa Warn Banks Of Possible Data Breach

MasterCard has notified law enforcement and banks that issue its cards of a possible data breach at a third-party payment processing company. [More]

AT&T Says Hackers Tried To Swipe Account Info

AT&T Says Hackers Tried To Swipe Account Info

According to AT&T, hackers tried to break into some users’ accounts and make off with some private information. The company calls the attack an “organized and systematic attempt,” but more importantly, a failure. [More]

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]