Breaching News: Week of 10/26/2018

By Jen Trang Nguyen, MDS

Welcome to our series of blog posts dedicated to Cybersecurity Awareness Month! This month, we will update you with the latest security news, share some tips and tricks as well as a special announcement about our very own Cybersecurity Techxpo on October 23, 2018 here in NYC. Stay tuned!

Another week, another (couple of) breachings. Data security is becoming more critical than ever. It’s high time businesses start paying special attention to their current security and infrastructure. 

1. Cathay Pacific airline hit by massive data breach that exposed 9.4 million passengers’ data

Cathay Pacific said that the stolen information included around 860,000 passport numbers and approximately 245,000 identity card numbers. A total of 403 expired credit card numbers were also accessed by the hackers, of which 27 cards had no CVV numbers.

2. British Airways: Cyberattack, data theft bigger than we first thought

What a week for airlines security… 185,000 customers in addition to original estimates may have had their data, including credit card information, exposed.

3. Google Play apps infected with banking trojan found on 30K devices

Almost 30K users installed the malicious apps on their devices before Google realized and pulled them from the app store.

4. Facebook hit with $645,000 fine in UK over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office followed through with its plan to fine Facebook £500,000 ($645,000 or AU$912,000) over the harvesting of users’ data. Small price to pay, given the scope of how serious the Cambridge Analytica scandal is.

5. This is how government spyware StrongPity uses security researchers’ work against them

As white hats and researchers alike race ahead to find out and prevent the latest hacking techniques, hackers are returning to their old, tried-and-true methods.

6. Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How

Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has reportedly turned the GrayKey hacking device into an expensive doorstop. For now. 

That’s it for this week’s breaching news. Stay tuned for next week!

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