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Three Of The Biggest Credit Reporting Agencies Acknowledge Data Breaches

Posted March 13, 2013 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Database Security, Hacker News with 0 comments

The three biggest credit reporting agencies in the U.S. each have reportedly acknowledged intrusions into their systems following the revelation of personal data, including financial information, of celebrities and prominent figures on a website this week. Executives at Equifax, Trans Union and Experian acknowledged the breach to Bloomberg in a report published Tuesday. Tim Klein, a spokesman for Equifax, told the news agency that a hacker gained “fraudulent and unauthorized access” to at least four consumer credit reports at the…

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Tips To Granting Database Access Control Permissions

Posted February 13, 2013 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Database Security with 0 comments

Database permissions can cause headaches for even the most sophisticated security organizations. Indeed, many of the most persistent problems with malicious or risky database access start before the database server software is even up and running. Why are database access controls so maddeningly complex? In a word, flexibility — the very flexibility that enables organizations to create multiple and interlocking roles can also create a knot of confusion and vulnerability. Click for complete article >>

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Database Insecurity And The Trends Of 2013Team Shatter Exclusive

Posted January 30, 2013 by Josh Shaul in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Database Security, Team Shatter Exclusive with 0 comments

What is in store for us in 2013? What new threats should organizations be aware of? Are you next to be hacked? Let’s first take a quick look back at the events of 2012. In the past twelve months, the good news is that the hacktivists went away (mostly). However, we saw an increase of 45% over 2011 in the number of breaches disclosed, there were lots of new database vulnerabilities reported and patched, including one with a CVSS 10.0…

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Cyber Crime Is Growing, Yet Risk Typically Not Covered By Insurance Policies

Posted January 11, 2013 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security with 0 comments
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In September, the customer websites of Bank of America,  Wells Fargo, US Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase and PNC were rendered inaccessible for more than a day by the biggest cyberattack in history, now attributed to Iranian government hackers. Weeks before, online vandals breached security at LinkedIn, stealing the passwords of six million people who frequent the popular business-networking site. Whether companies are the victims of state-sponsored invasions or criminal attacks, one of the scariest threats facing businesses today is hacking—and the…

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Security Events In 2012 May Indicate What’s To Come In 2013

Posted January 3, 2013 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Database Security, DoS with 0 comments

For all the apocalyptic prognostications, 2012 turned out to be a relatively uneventful year from an information security standpoint. A cyber Pearl Harbor did not happen. Stuxnet and its kin did not take out any power grids or shut down cities. Mobile threats continued to escalate and malware became more sophisticated, but none were as game-changing in nature as Stuxnet was. While there were still plenty of data breaches, including a handful of big ones, they were much smaller in scope compared…

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Top Data Breaches (That I Know About) Of 2012Team Shatter Exclusive


As 2012 is coming to a close, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of the biggest and most interesting data breaches over the past year, to see how these attacks occurred, and how each organization was affected by the hack. The breaches from 2012 run the gamut, ranging from retail to government and from insurance companies to internet moguls. During 2012, we probably saw some of the most sophisticated and complex malware ever with Flame…

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Nationwide Mutual Insurance Hacked, Reports Data For Over 1.1 Million Americans Exposed

Posted December 6, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Insurance with 0 comments

A Nationwide Mutual Insurance data breach that took place on October 3 apparently affected over a million Americans. The company reported to the North Carolina Attorney General that 1.1 million American customers may have been affected by the data breach, conducted by an unknown party and potentially from overseas. Click for complete article >>

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Top Federal And Local Government Data Breaches Of 2012

Posted November 29, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Government (Federal), Government (State) with 0 comments

With federal and local government agencies suffering the brunt of Anonymous protests, targeted phishing attacks leading to privilege escalation, and highly effective SQL injection attacks granting wide-scale access to information, citizen privacy definitely took a hit in 2012. 1. South Carolina More than 3.3 million unencrypted bank account numbers and 3.8 million tax returns were stolen in a wide-ranging attack against the South Carolina Department of Revenue that all started through a state employee falling for a phishing attack that…

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Irish Regulators Investigate Experian U.S. Data Breaches

Posted November 19, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security with 0 comments

Experian Plc, the credit-reporting giant with financial information on more than 740 million consumers, is being investigated by Irish regulators in the wake of a series of breaches of the company’s databases. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, which enforces privacy laws in Ireland, has opened a preliminary inquiry into the security practices of Dublin-based Experian, said Gary Davis, the agency’s deputy commissioner. The move was prompted by an Oct. 29 story on Bloomberg.com’s Tech Blog showing that Experian’s database…

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Customers Are Suing Gaming Giant, Blizzard Entertainment, Over Data Breach

Posted November 12, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Gaming with 0 comments

A group of customers is suing gaming giant Blizzard Entertainment in connection with a data breach in August that resulted in user email addresses, hashed passwords and other information being stolen by attackers. The suit claims that the company did not do enough to secure users’ accounts before the compromise and that the company now is forcing users to pay for a two-factor authentication system to increase the security on their accounts. The data breach was discovered in early August…

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