ZDNet: Pentagon discloses card breach

ZDNet: Pentagon discloses card breach. “Pentagon official said on Friday that the Department of Defense had suffered a security breach thanks to a third-party contractor. An investigation is still underway, so the exact details haven’t been made public, but according to an Associated Press report, a DOD official said that roughly 30,000 DOD military and civilian personnel are believed to be affected. This number is expected to grow as the Pentagon’s investigation continues.”

Facebook: An Update on the Security Issue

Facebook: An Update on the Security Issue. “We have been working around the clock to investigate the security issue we discovered and fixed two weeks ago so we can help people understand what information the attackers may have accessed. Today, we’re sharing details about the attack we’ve found that exploited this vulnerability. We have not ruled out the possibility of smaller-scale attacks, which we’re continuing to investigate.”

Gemalto: Data Breaches Compromised 4.5 Billion Records in First Half of 2018

Gemalto: Data Breaches Compromised 4.5 Billion Records in First Half of 2018. “Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, revealing 945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018. Compared to the same period in 2017, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records increased by a staggering 133 percent, though the total number of breaches slightly decreased over the same period, signaling an increase in the severity of each incident.”

Business Standard: Irish data authority probes Facebook over breach of 50 mn accounts

Business Standard: Irish data authority probes Facebook over breach of 50 mn accounts. “Ireland’s data protection authority launched an investigation into Facebook, bringing stringent new European privacy laws to bear on the tech titan after a security breach exposed 50 million accounts.”

TechCrunch: Sales engagement startup Apollo says its massive contacts database was stolen in a data breach

TechCrunch: Sales engagement startup Apollo says its massive contacts database was stolen in a data breach . “The YC Combinator-backed company, formerly known as ZenProspect, helps salespeople connect with prospective customers. Using its massive prospect database of 200 million contacts at 10 million companies, Apollo matches sellers with potential buyers. Apollo said that the bulk of the stolen data was from its prospect database.”

TechCrunch: Until data is misused, Facebook’s breach will be forgotten

TechCrunch: Until data is misused, Facebook’s breach will be forgotten . “The social network’s engineering was sloppy, allowing three bugs to be combined to steal the access tokens of 50 million people. In pursuit of rapid growth at affordable efficiency, Facebook failed to protect its users. This assessment doesn’t discount that. Facebook screwed up big time. But despite the potential that those access tokens could have let the attackers take over user accounts, act as them, and scrape their personal info, it’s unclear how much users really care. That’s because for now, Facebook and it’s watchdogs aren’t sure exactly what data was stolen or how it was wrongly used.”