Equifax CEO Richard Smith steps down in aftermath of massive breach

Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard Smith stepped down Tuesday in the wake of a massive cybersecurity breach that exposed the birth dates, social security numbers, and other personal information of 143 million Equifax customers, The New York Times reports. Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. will vacate his post as the company’s president of the Asia-Pacific […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • September 27, 2017
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Cryptocurrency mining program Coinhive sparks controversy

Coinhive, a Javascript application that uses website visitors’ computing power to mine cryptocurrency, launched on September 14. Since, the program has generated controversy, as website owners and hackers alike insert it into a number of high-profile websites. Coinhive markets itself as a legitimate way for websites to make money, but does not endorse the use […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • September 26, 2017
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Equifax could have prevented breach with a simple patch, experts say

Last Thursday, credit-monitoring firm Equifax announced that hackers had breached its computer systems and compromised the data of as many as 143 million Americans. Thursday, the company confirmed that the perpetrators of the attack did, as rumored, exploit a weakness in Apache STRUTS. Equifax identified the exploited vulnerability as Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638. In March, industry […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • September 19, 2017
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Equifax stares down almost two dozen class actions after cyberattack

Credit reporting and monitoring company Equifax is facing at least 23 proposed class action lawsuits in the wake of its announcement Thursday that a cyber attack compromised the personal information of up to 143 million Equifax customers, USA Today reports. Various law firms have filed suits in 14 different states as well as D.C., according […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • September 12, 2017
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Malicious code can now jump from DNA to computers

We now live in a time in which you can use DNA to hack computer systems. The discovery was made by a group of researchers at the University of Washington made up of both computer science and molecular biology specialists. They focus on how information is encoded not only in computer systems, but also in biological systems, and […]
  • Ashley Leader
  • August 11, 2017
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Cybersecurity Hero Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Arrested on Malware-Related Charges

Marcus Hutchins, the cybersecurity researcher who disabled the WannaCry ransomware, was arrested in Las Vegas Wednesday, August 2 following a July 12 indictment on charges of creating, distributing, and profiting from a malware program that could seize credit card numbers and other banking information, Reuters reported Friday via nasdaq.com. On Friday, Judge Nancy Koppe set Hutchins’ […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • August 7, 2017
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Trump Hotels Customers’ Sensitive Information Breached

Trump Hotels announced Tuesday that data had been breached at 14 of its locations, including those in Las Vegas and Chicago, CNBC reports. Customers’ payment card numbers and security codes were seized by hackers who entered the systems of Sabre, a third party that manages reservations for Trump Hotels. Lee Matthews of Forbes says hackers […]
  • William Van-Lear Black
  • July 13, 2017
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Sony Music Executives Could be Preparing to get Hacked

While Sony Pictures was the main target of the hacking that occurred back in December, Sony Music Executives are stressing because they feel that their emails may be the next target. While the music executives who have signed artists like, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Adele and Bruce Springsteen, are worried about their emails detailing […]
  • Joseph Schlegel
  • January 23, 2015
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Obama’s New Hacking Legislation Could Make Anyone a Criminal

Photo by: White House In Obama’s State of the Union Address he outlined several new legislations he intends to set in motion. One of those new policies is set to change federal hacking laws, which could potentially put a lot of computer-security researchers out of their jobs. The new policy could potentially make computers less […]
  • Joseph Schlegel
  • January 22, 2015
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