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Every week Hippogriff shares some of the most alarming data breach/privacy infringing, occurrences throughout the world. Keep stopping by to see the most recent entries.

U.K. Businesses Find Securing Customer Data Extremely Challenging - To better understand U.K. customers and the role that technology plays in underpinning the business-to-customer relationship, Insight U.K. surveyed more than 200 business leaders in companies with 500 employees across the U.K. It found that no matter the technology in use — cloud, data analytics, artificial intelligence, mobile — organizations have data overload.

Danish Supermarkets Bilka, Fotex Hit by Black Friday Cyber Attacks - Danish supermarket chains Bilka and Fotex said their websites had been taken down by cyber attacks at the launch of their Black Friday sales campaigns. The websites were hit by "malicious cyber-connection" attacks, an advanced form of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack where hackers send numerous requests to refresh the websites, causing them to crash, a spokesman of Dansk Supermarked A/S, the owner of both chains, said.

Blockchain Wallet CoinPouch Hacked; Verge Coins Stolen - CoinPunch, a Plano, Texas-based company providing multi-currency crypto wallets announced on Twitter that it suffered a breach in which one of its nodes that stored Verge currency got affected and resulted in the loss of user’s funds.

Cottage Health System Pays $2m to Settle California Charges Over Data Breaches - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Wednesday announced a $2 million settlement with Cottage Health System and its affiliated hospitals in California resolving allegations that they failed to implement basic, reasonable safeguards to protect patient medical information in violation of state and federal privacy laws.

Data Breach Hits Department of Social Services Credit Card System - The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached. Compromised data includes credit card information, employees' names, user names, work phone numbers, work emails, system passwords, Australian government services number, public service classification and organization unit.

Uber Contributing to Growth of Cyber Crime - Security companies have reacted to the Uber hack that revealed the details of 57 million users with a mixture of anger and advice. Udi Mokady, the chairman and chief executive of Israel-based security company CyberArk, said the Uber breach put the spotlight on the critical security vulnerabilities created by privileged credentials that are often left unmanaged and unprotected.

Firefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites that Suffered a Data Breach - Mozilla engineers are working on a notifications system for Firefox that shows a security warning to users visiting sites that have suffered data breaches. The notifications system will use data provided by Have I Been Pwned?, a website that indexes public data breaches and allows users to search and see if their details have been compromised in any of these incidents.

Cyber Crooks Are Selling Card Credentials Online for as Little as £1, says RSA - American computer security firm RSA has warned that cyber criminals are selling stolen credit cards for as little as £1 on the dark web. The firm said crooks are on a "shopping spree" of their own and are looking to plunder people's financial credentials ahead of Black Friday. It's just released new data on how hackers are stealing credit card credentials, and the cost for British credentials averages at around £9.

Connecticut Attorney General Investigating Uber Breach - Connecticut is investigating a computer breach at car hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. that the company said it covered up after it was discovered in late 2016, a spokeswoman for state attorney general George Jepsen told Reuters.

Loake Shoes Admits: We've Fallen Victim to Cyber Criminals - Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers. In a letter sent to punters on its database – seen by The Register – the premium footwear maker said it has been "the victim of a cyber attack."

Fake WiFi Network Used by Hackers to Steal More than €100,000 Worth of Bitcoin - Austrian police say cyber-thieves transferred bitcoin worth more than €100,000 (£89,000, $117,000) from a man's account while he was logged in on a restaurant's public WiFi network.

Industrial Products Also Vulnerable to KRACK Wi-Fi Attack - Some industrial networking devices are also vulnerable to the recently disclosed KRACK Wi-Fi attack, including products from Cisco, Rockwell Automation and Sierra Wireless. Since a majority of WPA2 implementations are affected, it's not surprising that some industrial communications products are also exposed to KRACK attacks.

Half of U.K. Adults Want to Stop Using the Uber App Following Breach - The news that ride hailing service Uber has suffered, and covered up, a major hack means that millions of people could unknowingly have had their data put at risk. The breach seems to have occurred via development platform Github where hackers accessed the accounts of two Uber engineers who had uploaded the data to online storage for testing. This cavalier treatment of customer data has come in for industry criticism.

Driving Privacy Regulators Crazy: U.K. Probes Uber Breach - British regulators have launched a probe of the massive data breach suffered by taxi competitor Uber, which is scrambling to notify 57 million individuals in an unspecified number of countries that their details were exposed last year.

October Health Data Breach Stats Continue Painting a Grim Picture - Protenus recently released its Breach Barometer report for health data breaches in the U.S. that were first disclosed in October. Their analyses are based on 37 incidents compiled by DataBreaches.net

New York Attorney General Launches Investigation of Uber's $100,000 Hack Cover-Up - The revelation that Uber concealed a major 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and paid hackers to destroy the evidence is yet another PR nightmare from Uber's darkest era, but it's also a major problem when it comes to state laws around data breach disclosure practices. In light of Bloomberg's report, the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman confirmed to TechCrunch that it has opened an investigation into the incident.

Hackers Hit Sacramento Transit System, Demand Money to Stop Attack - Hackers looking for a payout have hit the Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) system, defacing the agency website, erasing data from some of its servers, and demanding money to stop the attack and not do further damage.

Half of Americans Unsure of Online Shopping Safety - Only half of American consumers claim they can determine the safety and legitimacy of online shopping sites, discovered a new survey conducted by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) ahead of Cyber Monday. More than one-third (35%) of the 1,019 respondents say they have stopped online purchases due to security concerns. Fear of being scammed causes 27% of consumers to excessively worry and 12% to lose sleep. Sixty percent have had their machine infected with malware.

Hackers Now Able to TakeControl of Cars to Cause Deliberate Accidents, Scientists Warn - Modern cars are an "open door" to hackers from hostile states wanting to use them as a weapon, leading cyber security experts have warned. It is currently possible to hack into the computer system of any car built since 2005 and hackers could already be causing accidents without the authorities knowing, according to Justin Cappos, a computer scientist at New York University.

Rewards Points Theft Is a Growing Piece of the Cyber Crime Pie - For one, fraudulent "booking services" that use stolen points in Russian-language forums are gaining popularity, including one that has gone as far as to establish its own group of members dedicated to cybercrime targeting hotel bookings. One such member has been advertising their travel "booking service" on two lower-tier forums since December 2014; grateful customers regularly post photos taken on trips purchased through the actor's offerings. Interestingly, tickets can be to anywhere in the world, except domestic flights within Russia.

Data Theft High Court Cases Up 25% in Just One Year - The number of High Court cases involving the theft of confidential data increased by 25 percent in 2016, according to commercial law firm EMW, with an increasing number of cases involving staff theft of customer databases and money-spinning financial algorithms.

Ransomware Damage Costs Predicted to Hit $11.5bn by 2019 - Cybersecurity Ventures predicts ransomware damages will cost the world $5 billion in 2017 and climb to $11.5 billion in 2019. Those figures are up from just $325 million in 2015. The rising costs are driven by an uptick in the frequency of attacks. Ransomware is projected to attack a business every 14 seconds by the end of 2019, up from every 40 seconds this year.

Container Ship Loading Plans Are "Easily Hackable" - Security researchers have warned that it might be possible to destabilize a container ship by manipulating the vessel stowage plan or "Bay Plan". The issue stems from the absence of security in BAPLIE EDIFACT, a messaging system used to create ship loading and container stowage plans – for example which locations are occupied and which are empty – from the numerous electronic messages exchanged between shipping lines, port authorities, terminals and ships.

Intel Chip Flaws Leave Millions of Devices Exposed - Security researchers have raised the alarm for years about the Intel remote administration feature known as the Management Engine. The platform has a lot of useful features for IT managers, but it requires deep system access that offers a tempting target for attackers; compromising the Management Engine could lead to full control of a given computer. Now, after several research groups have uncovered ME bugs, Intel has confirmed that those worst-case fears may be possible.

The Avoidable Mistakes Executives Continue to Make After a Data Breach - The past few years have taught us that companies will be breached and consumer data will be stolen. Last year was a record year for data breaches, and 2017, so far, has seen its fair share of high-profile cyberattacks. Still, top executives continue to stumble in the way they respond to an attack, magnifying and extending the damage both to their reputation and their customers.

Android Malware Found in Hundreds of Music Player Apps on Play Store - It's just another day with just another news explaining the vulnerable state of Android devices. This time, the IT security researchers at McAfee have discovered an Android malware that has infected 144 apps on Google Play Store, a place supposed to be safest for users when it comes to download or purchase Apps for their smartphones.

Nearly Everyone in U.K. Has Been Hacked, "Lottery" Determines Investigation -  If you live in the U.K., you've probably been hacked, and your personal data has already been sold on the dark web, according to UK Chief Constable Peter Goodman. Goodman, who is the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for cybercrime, spoke at a media briefing on the government's response to hacks and data breaches. He said that cybercrime is the "fastest-growing, most complex, difficult form of volume crime we've ever seen."

DDoS Attack Attempts Doubled in 6 Months - A rise in DDoS hire-for services and unsecured IoT devices is driving a sharp increase in the average number of daily DDoS attack attempts. Organizations encounter an average of eight DDoS attack attempts per day, up from four attempts a day at the start of the year, according to a newly published Corero Network Security report that tracks DDoS trends from Q2-Q3 2017.

Police Investigate Hack of Guns Database - Police are investigating the hacking of a gun club database that may have exposed where more than 1500 semi-automatic handguns are stored. It is unclear how many guns have details stored in similar databases, and police declined to confirm how often these databases were audited for operational reasons.

Sensitive ABC Data Exposed in Leak - Sensitive details of many of the ABC's commercial customers have been exposed in a major data breach, according to a German IT security firm, potentially offering up a "trove of data" on its business activities.

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