Tag Archives: data breach

Spotify Users Taken for a Song by Credential Stuffing Op

4 Jan

credential stuffing op on spotify

If you’re a Spotify user and have experienced some disruption with your account access, you may have been taken for a song by credential stuffing op that was recently in full swing. Not too long ago, a research team stumbled across an open Elasticsearch database jam-packed with more than 72GB of data containing over 380 […]

More Ransomware and Data Breaches Expected in 2021

16 Nov

2021 ransomware and data breaches

Covid-19 wasn’t the only pandemic to take the world by storm this year. As it turns out, hackers unleashed a pandemic of their own, mostly in the form of the ransomware and data breaches that swept the world. It would seem that when there’s more scope for remote work to be done, there’s more risk […]

The Experian Experience data breach & New Protection Laws

10 Sep

Experian Experience data breach

The recent Experian expeirence data breach is no secret. The cat is out of the bag! Over a million South Africans were notified of the data breach which took place on July 2020. On the 19th of August 2020, SABRIC announced that Experian’s data breach put the personal data of 24 million South Africans and […]

Heads Up: UIF Covid-19 Relief Scheme Website is Hit by a Data Leak

11 Jun

With identity theft and fraud on the rise, no one really wants any of their personal information “out there” in the public eye. Unfortunately, people who have made use of the government’s UIF Temporary Employer-Employee COVID-19 Relief Scheme during Covid-19 times, are now faced with the risk of having their personal details used against them. The […]

Largest Settlement Ever Paid for a Data Breach

11 Mar

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We have spoken about the cost of data breaches to businesses in the past, but recently, the industry has seen the largest settlement ever paid for a data breach and it serves as an apt reminder. Equifax, a reliable credit reporting agency, is paying a whopping R10 billion to settle claims after a data breach […]

Facebook accuses 2 Ukrainians of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

1 Apr

Facebook fraud

Two Ukrainian quiz makers using malware plugins to steal user data via Facebook and insert advertising into newsfeeds have recently been sued by Facebook! Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov, the two accused, have apparently been running their hacking setup for more than just a few years. In fact, between 2017 and 2018, they successfully targeted […]

If a data breach can happen to NASA it can happen to you!

11 Feb

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All eyes were on NASA when it was recently announced that it had suffered a data breach…2 months prior to the announcement! An internal memo within the company revealed that employee personal information had been leaked. And just like that; NASA became the latest major organisation to fall victim to cybercrime. Why did NASA wait […]

How Big is the Human Error Element when it comes to Cyber Risk – Time to do a FAIR?

30 Oct

According to a recent report released by Verizon, 17% of data breaches originated from social engineering, mostly emails. The report uncovers that 17% of the breaches are a result of human error, such as employees sending sensitive emails to the incorrect recipients. This report is making industry professionals wonder just how big the human element […]

Traffic Fine Platform Data Leak Exposes Many

3 Jul

After the 2017 Master Deeds breach exposed the details of some 60 000 local South African’s, you would think that those in control of sensitive data on such a large scale would be more careful. It seems however, that not everyone learned their lesson. If you were outraged to hear just how easy it is […]

SAPS warns of online scams

5 Jun

Recently the Newcastle SAPS thought it necessary to issue a public warning about online scams after noting an increase in the number of incidents where individuals were paying for cars online and never receiving the vehicles. While you might think this is a “no-brainer”, there are some who clearly don’t think the same way. You […]