22,900 MongoDB Databases Held to Ransom by Hacker Threatening to Report Firms for GDPR Violations

Hackers are once again finding unsecured MongoDB databases carelessly left exposed on the internet, wiping their contents, and leaving a ransom note demanding a cryptocurrency payment for the data’s safe return. As ZDNet reports, ransom notes have been left on almost 23,000 MongoDB databases that were let unprotected on the ... Read More
Voice recordings from domestic violence alerting app exposed on the internet

Voice recordings from domestic violence alerting app exposed on the internet

One the face of it, it sounded like a good idea. A smartphone app, disguised as a regular app delivering the top world, sports, and entertainment news, containing a secret feature that allows victims of domestic abuse to send a covert distress call for help at the touch of a ... Read More
Man sentenced, two others charged, in connection with Satori IoT botnet

Man sentenced, two others charged, in connection with Satori IoT botnet

22-year old man from Vancouver, Washington, has been sentenced to a US federal prison for his role in the development of the Satori botnet, which launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from hijacked IoT devices. The Satori botnet, based upon similar code to the notorious Mirai botnet which knocked major websites ... Read More

Find a PlayStation 4 vulnerability and earn over $50,000

Do you think you have found a vulnerability in the Sony PlayStation 4 or the PlayStation Network? If so, you could be heading towards a sizeable sum of money. That’s because Sony announced details of a new bug bounty program that it is running in co-ordination with vulnerability-reporting platform HackerOne ... Read More
DDoSecrets thrown off Twitter after distributing 269GB BlueLeaks data dump

DDoSecrets thrown off Twitter after distributing 269GB BlueLeaks data dump

The activist group Distributed Denial of Secrets, perhaps better known by their shorter but clumsy moniker DDoSecrets, has been permanently banned from Twitter. The self-declared “transparency collective”, which published leaked and hacked data it claimed was of public interest, earned its banishment from Twitter after it distributed a gigantic collection ... Read More
Woman who deliberately deleted firm's Dropbox is sentenced

Woman who deliberately deleted firm’s Dropbox is sentenced

58-year-old Danielle Bulley may not look like your typical cybercriminal, but the act of revenge she committed against a company had just as much impact as a conventional hacker breaking into a business’s servers and causing havoc. As North Yorkshire police report, Bulley has been successfully prosecuted under the UK’s ... Read More

Copied master key forces South African bank to replace 12 million cards

Fraudsters stole more than $3.2 million from the banking division of South Africa’s post office, after – in a catastrophic breach of security – employees printed out the bank’s master key. According to South African media reports, the security breach occurred in December 2018 when a copy of Postbank’s digital ... Read More

Credit-Card Skimming Malware Hit Websites As Coronavirus Lockdown Forced Retailers to Close High Street Stores

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On March 20th, the Claire's accessories retail chain beloved by young girls around the world made the sensible decision to close all of its physical stores in response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic ... Read More
Despite resolution not to give in to hackers' ransom demands, some cities are still paying up after attacks

Despite resolution not to give in to hackers’ ransom demands, some cities are still paying up after attacks

The City of Florence in northern Alabama has agreed to pay a ransom of US $300,000 worth of Bitcoin to hackers who compromised its computer systems and deployed ransomware. At an emergency meeting this week, the Florence City Council unanimously voted to give in to the extortionists’ demands and pay ... Read More
Babylon Health app leak

Babylon Health App Leaked Patients’ Video Consultations

Babylon Health, makers of a smartphone app that allows Brits to have consultations with NHS doctors, has admitted that a “software error” resulted in some users being able to access other patients’ private video chats with GPs. The data breach came to light after one user, Rory Glover, tweeted that ... Read More