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Equifax breach worse than thought, consumers affected now total 147.9M

Equifax has once again bumped up the estimated number of U.S. consumers affected by its massive breach – now saying that data on 147.9 million was somehow exposed.

The company’s interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr. said the revelation “is not about newly discovered stolen data” but rather is “about sifting through the previously identified stolen data, analyzing other information in our databases that was not taken by the attackers, and making connections that enabled us to identify additional individuals.”

Barros said the company was taking “broad measures to identify, inform, and protect consumers” impacted by the attack and was “committed to regaining the trust of consumers, improving transparency, and enhancing security” across the Equifax network.

Senators demand answers about Uber data breach

Several US senators are troubled with Uber’s belated reporting of a 2016 data breach and demanding answers.

On Monday, four Republican senators sent a letter to the ride-hailing company, asking for additional details surrounding the breach, which affected 57 million users, but was only disclosed last week.

In the letter, the senators—John Thune, Orrin Hatch, Jerry Moran and Bill Cassidy—called the breach a “serious incident that merits further scrutiny.”

Also today, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia sent a separate letter to Uber, which said he had “grave concerns” with how the company handled the breach.

Both letters pointed to media reports, which claim Uber paid the hackers behind the breach $100,000 to stay quiet and delete the stolen data. The ride-hailing company then remained silent on the matter for a whole year until its new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, learned of the incident, and decided to make it public.

“Uber’s conduct raises serious questions about the company’s compliance with relevant state and federal regulations,” Warner said.

Most states have laws that demand businesses disclose data breaches when they affect local residents. Why Uber decided to stay mum on the incident isn’t clear, but its previous CEO, Travis Kalanick, was notorious for trying to buck the rules.

USA Today owner Gannett hit by phishing attack, nearly 18000 employees’ accounts possibly compromised

Gannett, which owns more than 100 newspapers across the US, including USA Today, has been hit with an email phishing attack, potentially compromising the accounts of nearly 18,000 current and former employees. The media company said hackers may have accessed employees’ personal data after several people in its human resources department became victims of a malicious phishing attack.

On 30 March, Gannett discovered that hackers had accessed the email accounts of multiple HR staff members and managed to send phishing emails as well. The cyberattack was investigated by the company’s cybersecurity team.

The breach was discovered after the attacker unsuccessfully attempted to use a hijacked account to fraudulently wire transfer corporate money. Gannett’s finance team quickly identified the request as suspicious
Gannett warned that employees’ dates of birth, bank account information, Social Security numbers, salary, benefits, work history and insurance policy information could have been exposed in the breach.

The Hidden Threats Within Our Nation’s POS Systems

There are escalating security vulnerabilities at work in the nation’s point-of-sale (POS) systems. This situation can be quite series and one that deserves immediate attention and accompanying remediation.

In the last ten years there have been over 1,350 breaches made public within retail and business organizations. In 2016 alone, high profile breaches from Wendy’s, Eddie Bauer, Vera Wang, and Omni Hotels have shaken these companies and left impacted customers angry and frustrated.

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