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Kmart Victim Of Second Hack Attack In Three Years

Even with fewer stores and sales floors full of boxes, Kmart is still an attractive target for ne’er-do-wells: The retailer has found itself on the receiving end of another hack attack, just three years after its last security breach. [More]

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FAFSA Tool Vulnerability May Have Exposed 100K Individuals’ Personal Info

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a bit cumbersome, so the Department of Education tried to ease that burden by creating a tool that automatically filled in an applicant’s previous year’s tax information. That tool was suddenly taken offline last month over concerns about data security, and now we have some idea of how many applicants may have had their information exposed. [More]

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Apple Says Systems Not Breached After Hackers Threaten To Wipe Millions Of iPhones

Earlier this week, a group of hackers claimed to have email addresses and passwords for hundreds of millions of Apple accounts, and that it would use this information to remotely erase massive numbers of iPhones if a ransom weren’t paid. For its part, Apple says no account information was stolen from its servers. [More]

Verifone, Largest Maker Of Card Payment Terminals, Targeted By Hack

Verifone, Largest Maker Of Card Payment Terminals, Targeted By Hack

Verifone, the company behind many of the payment systems you see at retailers across the country, is reportedly the latest hack attack victim. [More]

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Senators Give Yahoo 10 Days To Answer For Massive Breaches

Verizon’s $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo might still be going forward as planned, but that doesn’t mean the latter company is exempt from answering some tough questions about its massive data breaches: Lawmakers have given Yahoo until Feb. 23 to answer for the company’s actions related to the hacks.  [More]

Mike Mozart

Court To Review Target’s $10M Customer Data Breach Settlement

Nearly two years after Target agreed to set up a $10 million fund to reimburse customers affected by its massive 2013 holiday season data breach, a federal appeals court has ordered the judge in this lawsuit to review the settlement. [More]

Latest Hack Of Adult Friend Finder Parent Company Leaves 412 Million Users Exposed

Latest Hack Of Adult Friend Finder Parent Company Leaves 412 Million Users Exposed

More than a year after online dating site AdultFriendFinder.com suffered a hack that exposed sensitive account information for nearly four million users, the website and its parent company have reportedly been hit with a much larger breach affecting some 412 million accounts. [More]

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Vera Bradley Is The Latest Retailer To Have Payment Systems Hacked

If you bought a colorful, pattern-heavy bag, purse, or other accessory from Vera Bradley this past summer be warned: the retailer says it is the latest company to be hit by a payment system breach. [More]

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Walmart Customers Report Barrage Of Password Reset Requests

Getting an email from a retailer telling you to reset your password because you may have been the victim of a data breach is alarming enough. Imagine you’re one of the Walmart.com shoppers who say they have received dozens of emails directing them to reset their login credentials.
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Vulnerability In Acer Store Exposed More Than 34,000 Credit Card Numbers

Vulnerability In Acer Store Exposed More Than 34,000 Credit Card Numbers

If you found yourself in the market for a new computer or other electronic device and made a purchase through Acer’s online store in the last year, you might want to watch your credit card statement. The technology company says it was the victim of a data breach for nearly a year, exposing the credit card information of more than 34,000 customers.  [More]

Mike Matney

Twitter Resets Passwords Related To Possible Breach

Following reports that the passwords for nearly 33 million Twitter accounts were breached and put up for sale on the dark Web, the social media network has notified potentially affected users and reset their passwords.  [More]

Tom Raftery

Nearly 33 Million Twitter Passwords May Have Been Leaked

Days after Twitter said that it would investigate a rash of high-profile hackings by checking its data against what’s been shared in recent leaks related to MySpace, Tumblr, and other services, it appears that the passwords for almost 33 million Twitter users were part of a separate hack attack.  [More]

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Card Reissued Because Of A Breach? Good Luck Finding Out Where The Hack Happened

When a massive data breach happens at a retailer like Target or Home Depot, there’s little mystery as to why your bank is rushing you a new credit or debit card. But when your card is being replaced because of a lower-profile cybercrime, the odds are against you ever finding out why.  [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Home Depot Agrees To Pay $20M To Settle 2014 Data Breach Lawsuit

Nearly two years after Home Depot said 56 million consumers’ credit and debit cards, as well as email addresses, were compromised in a massive data breach, the home improvement retailer has reached a $19.5 million deal to settle a class-action lawsuit and compensate those customers.  [More]

Snapchat Employee Falls For CEO Email Scam, Reveals Some Employees’ Personal Info

Snapchat Employee Falls For CEO Email Scam, Reveals Some Employees’ Personal Info

Last week, we warned readers that the so-called “CEO email scam” was back (did it ever really go away?) with a tax season twist: asking employees to hand over files of employee information, such as a W-2 form. The folks at Snapchat apparently didn’t get the memo, as the photo sharing company announced that it was the victim of a phishing scam that led to ne’er-do-wells getting their hands on the personal information of some employees.  [More]

Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

Health Insurer Centene Misplaces Hard Drives Containing Personal Info For 950,000 Clients

Last year, several major U.S.-based health insurance companies were hit with data breaches that put millions of consumers’ private information at risk. The trend continued this week, with nearly a million health records going missing from Centene Corp. [More]

Target Agrees To Pay Banks $39.4M For Expenses Resulting From 2013 Data Breach

Target Agrees To Pay Banks $39.4M For Expenses Resulting From 2013 Data Breach

Target continues to put the disastrous 2013 holiday-season data breach behind it, agreeing today to pay $39.4 million to banks claiming they lost money during the hack.  [More]