Wired: How To Protect Yourself After The Next Big Corporate Hack. “AT THIS POINT, it’s safe to assume that everyone’s been affected by one megabreach or another. But when the next Equifax debacle happens, know that there’s plenty you can do to help dampen the fallout.” Good to share with beginners.
Associated Press: FBI didn’t tell US targets as Russian hackers hunted emails. “The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has found.”
BetaNews: Time to change your password: Imgur was hacked in 2014. “While much of the US was celebrating Thanksgiving, social image hosting site Imgur was made aware of a security breach that took place back in 2014. Around 1.7 million user accounts were affected. This is a relatively small percentage of Imgur users, and COO Roy Sehgal points out that the site has never asked for ‘personally-identifying information.’ Nevertheless, the company is contacting the owners of affected accounts, advising them to change their passwords.”
Reuters: Canadian charged in Yahoo hacking case to plead guilty in U.S.. “A Canadian accused by the United States of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts is expected to plead guilty next week, according to court records.”
CBR Online: Black Friday cyberattacks to break records as hackers enlist bots. “We are in the midst of a week predicted to be record breaking in terms of cyberattack volumes, with malicious activity set to spike aggressively on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A colossal 50 million attacks globally are expected to hit throughout the prime shopping period, meaning that potentially billions of pounds are hanging in the balance in the UK alone. In the run up to what may prove to be the worst week of cyberattacks on record, it is also important to note that 171 million attacks have been logged in just the last quarter. This tremendous figure is a 100 per cent increase compared to the same time span in 2015.”
Bloomberg: Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People. “Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.”
Motherboard: How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How to Protect Yourself From It). “The Wi-Fi Pineapple enables anyone to steal data on public Wi-Fi networks. Here’s how it facilitates two sophisticated network attacks and how to protect yourself against them.” This is a bit technical, but it’s fascinating reading.