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December 2019

  A security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet. The data were likely harvested by criminals, said researcher Bob Diachenko, an independent security consultant.   The database, which Diachenko discovered with a search engine, was freely accessible online for at least 10 days beginning...

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  SINGAPORE: The personal data of 2,400 Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel may be affected by a potential ST Logistics personal data breach.   ST Logistics said in a media release on Saturday (Dec 21) that the potential breach was a result of a recent series of email phishing activities involving malicious malware sent to its employees’ email accounts.   “This data, contained in working files...

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  Researchers analysed data leaked in various data breaches to bring this study forward.   Passwords ‘12345,’ ‘123456,’ and ‘123456789’ were the most common passwords, followed by ‘test1’ and, of course the password ‘password’.   A bunch of independent anonymous researchers composed a list of 200 most popular passwords that were leaked in data breaches during 2019 and shared it with security firm NordPass.     What Researchers Found?   NordPass collected and...

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  The impact of past breaches of government data would have been minimized - or the incidents even prevented - if data security measures announced yesterday had been in place, said Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean. These various data security incidents, like the cyber attack on SingHealth last year which saw the data of 1.5 million people stolen, had prompted the Government to set up the...

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  SINGAPORE - A local software development company that works with schools here has been slapped with a $60,000 fine for failing to secure the personal information of nearly 48,000 students, parents and staff in 2016.   According to documents released on Thursday (Dec 5) by the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), the company, which provides schools here with attendance-taking technology, had created vulnerabilities in a school's attendance system,...

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  By the time a company tells you your data's been stolen as part of a breach, your login credentials may already be on the dark web. Here's how to keep pace with the hackers.   You often learn long after a breach that your personal data's been hacked, when Equifax, Yahoo, or some other company you've trusted with your information notifies you that your birthday, social security or credit-card number, health...

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  Hackers don't typically tell their victims that they've been hacked. Most of the time, when hackers gain entry to computers to do their dirty work, they don't want anyone to know. That way, they can come back another time to see what else they can do or find.   Because of that, you might not know if your computer has already been hacked. But there are a...

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  Email has long been a major weak link for security; the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign were both infamously compromised by Russian hackers through email-related phishing attacks ahead of the 2016 US elections. With the 2020 campaign in full swing, a patched flaw in Microsoft Outlook is still giving attackers an opening.   First disclosed and fixed in October 2017, the bug is in a...

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  We distilled 30 independent reports dedicated to cybersecurity and cybercrime predictions for 2020 and compiled the top 5 most interesting findings and projections in this post. Compliance fatigue will spread among security professionals Being a source of ongoing controversy and debate, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was finalized on 11th January 1, 2019.   Driven by laudable objectives to protect Californians' personal data, prevent its misuse...

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