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Two TalkTalk hackers jailed for 2015 data breach that cost it £77 million

Two TalkTalk hackers jailed for 2015 data breach that cost it £77 million

November 20, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Two hackers have been sent to prison for their roles in hacking TalkTalk , one of the biggest UK-based telecommunications company, in 2015 and stealing personal information, banking, and credit card details belonging to more than 156,000 customers. Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, both from Tamworth in Staffordshire, were sentenced Monday to 12 months and 8 months in prison, respectively, after they admitted charges relating to the massive breach that cost TalkTalk £77 million in losses. The total cost also included the massive £400,000 fine imposed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) on TalkTalk for failings to implement the most basic security measures in order to prevent the hack from happening. At the Old Bailey, the judge Anuja Dhir described Hanley as a "dedicated hacker" and sentenced him to 12 months in prison; whereas, Allsopp gets 8-months prison for his lesser role in the cyber attack. The Judge also said that it was a tragedy
Watch Video: How Hacker Installs a Credit Card Skimmer in 3 Seconds

Watch Video: How Hacker Installs a Credit Card Skimmer in 3 Seconds

March 15, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Card Skimmers have been around for years, but the video posted below is a perfect example of the evolution of the technology used by thieves. The video released by Miami Beach Police involved two men who work as a team to install a credit card Skimmer on top of a card terminal at a local gas station in LESS THAN 3 SECONDS . Yes, in just less than 3 seconds hackers can turn a regular credit and debit card reader into a Skimmer – a device designed to secretly steal a victim's credit or debit card information. The two men were caught on video by a security camera, but it all happened so fast that one might have to rewatch the video to actually catch the crime. Miami Beach Police have published the video of the cyber crook and his partner, who was tasked with distracting the station's clerk, in the hopes that someone recognizes the criminals and helps track them down. Video Demonstration: Here's What Happened: The incident took place on We
Casino Sues Cyber Security Company Over Failure to Stop Hackers

Casino Sues Cyber Security Company Over Failure to Stop Hackers

January 16, 2016Swati Khandelwal
IT security firm Trustwave has been sued by a Las Vegas-based casino operator for conducting an allegedly "woefully inadequate" investigation following a network breach of the casino operator’s system. Affinity Gaming , an operator of 5 casinos in Nevada and 6 elsewhere in the United States, has questioned Trustwave's investigation for failing to shut down breach that directly resulted in the theft of credit card data, allowing credit card thieves to maintain their foothold during the investigation period. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Nevada, is one of the first cases of its kind where a client challenges a cyber security firm over the quality of its investigation following a hacking attack. Casino Sued an IT Security Firm Affinity Gaming said it hired Trustwave in late 2013 to analyze and clean up computer network intrusions that allowed attackers to obtain its customers' credit card data. It was reported that the details
Hacker Finds How Easy Is to Steal Money Using Square Credit-Card Reader

Hacker Finds How Easy Is to Steal Money Using Square Credit-Card Reader

August 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Next time just be careful while swiping your credit card at small retailers or trendy stores that use Square Reader to accept credit card payments. The increasingly popular and widely used Square Reader can be easily turned into a skimming device that can be used to steal your credit card data, a group of researchers warned. Square Reader is a tiny device that allows small retailers to easily accept credit and debit card payments without having to spend the money on the traditional point of sale systems. However, despite its convenience, this cheap and easy-to-use alternative has a critical flaw that could allow anyone to easily steal your payment card information. All an attacker need is a screwdriver, superglue, and roughly 10 minutes to turn the latest generation Square Reader into a tiny, portable card skimmer . Converting a New Generation Square Reader into a Card Skimmer? A team of three security researchers from Boston University has discovered a w
Grocery Stores 'Supervalu' and 'Albertsons' Hacked for Credit Card Data

Grocery Stores 'Supervalu' and 'Albertsons' Hacked for Credit Card Data

August 18, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Albertson’s and SuperValu - Two nation’s most popular supermarket store chains announced last weekend that a data breach may have revealed the credit and debit card information of their customers at a number of grocery store locations in more than 18 states. Minnesota-based Supervalu announced that an unknown number of its customers who used their payment cards in around 180 stores between June 22 and July 17 may have had payment card data compromised by attackers who gained access to the Supervalu computer network that processes card transactions. The affected information may includes names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and other numerical information from cards used at POS devices. " The Company has not determined that any such cardholder data was in fact stolen by the intruder, and it has no evidence of any misuse of any such data, but is making this announcement out of an abundance of caution ," SuperValu said in a statement . The massive da
Vulnerable Texas Transportation Site 'TxTag' leaves 1.2 Million Credit Cards at Risk

Vulnerable Texas Transportation Site 'TxTag' leaves 1.2 Million Credit Cards at Risk

April 05, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Do you know, Why another major company is getting hacked every week? Because of poor policies, Laziness to Incident Response and lack in will-power to put efforts on applying important patches. Some companies are not taking their security more seriously, and best suitable example for this is  TxTag,  an electronic toll collection systems in Texas operated by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) . 1.2 MILLION CREDIT CARD ARE AT RISK Security researcher, David Longenecker   claimed a serious flaw at  TxTag website that exposes the active Credit Card Details and Personal Information of 1.2 Million Drivers including active TxTags (vehicle stickers with microchips, which are scanned by electronic readers on toll roads), Names, phone numbers, full residence addresses, email addresses, along with their complete Credit card numbers and Expiration date. According to David, the account names could be easily predictable by anyone, which is typically an 8-digit number that beg
25 Million 'NAVER' Accounts Breached using Stolen Data

25 Million 'NAVER' Accounts Breached using Stolen Data

March 27, 2014Anonymous
A 31-year-old South Korean has been recently accused by the police for the allegation of infiltrating and hacking the accounts of 25 million users of   Naver , one of the popular search portal in South Korea. On Wednesday, the Asian National Police Agency revealed that the suspect purchased the private information of 25 million users, including names, residential numbers, Internet IDs and passwords from a Korean-Chinese, back in August last year, Korea Herald reported. The suspect surnamed  ' Seo ', supposedly used the purchased information to hack into the accounts of Naver users and sent out spam messages and other ‘ illicit emails ’ to the account holders. He had made an illegal profit of some 160 million won ( $148,000 ) using this, according to the report. Also a hacker surnamed  ' Hong ', has been arrested by the police who was suspected to develop the hacking program that automatically enter users’ IDs and passwords, which was apparently used by
Tor-enabled Point-of-Sale malware 'ChewBacca' stole Credit Card data from 11 Countries

Tor-enabled Point-of-Sale malware 'ChewBacca' stole Credit Card data from 11 Countries

January 31, 2014Swati Khandelwal
After the massive data breaches at U.S retailers Target and Neiman Marcus in which financial credentials of more than 110 million and 1.1 million customers were compromised respectively, shows that the Point of Sale (POS) system has become a new target for the cyber criminals. Despite the BlackPOS malware of Point of Sale (POS) system that comes out as the major cause of these data breaches, malware writers are upgrading and developing more Trojans to target POS system. In December, the security researchers at anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab discovered a Tor-based banking trojan , dubbed " ChewBacca ", that was initially categorized as a Financial trojan, but recently security researchers at RSA have uncovered that 'ChewBacca' is also capable of stealing credit card details from point of sale systems. ‘ ChewBacca ’, a relatively new and private Trojan, used in the 11 countries as a POS malware is behind the electronic theft. ChewBacca communicat
24-year-old Russian Hacker and Developer of SpyEye Banking Trojan pleads guilty

24-year-old Russian Hacker and Developer of SpyEye Banking Trojan pleads guilty

January 29, 2014Swati Khandelwal
A Russian man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a federal court in Atlanta on Tuesday for developing and distributing a malicious banking malware ' SpyEye ' that infected more than 1.4 million computers worldwide since 2009. Aleksandr Andreevich Panin , a 24 year old programmer, also known as Gribodemon and Harderman , was the main author of ‘ SpyEye ’, a sophisticated malware designed to steal people’s identities and financial information, including online banking credentials, credit card information, user names, passwords and PINs from their bank accounts without their knowledge. The SpyEye secretly infects the victim’s computer and gives the remote control to the cybercriminals who remotely access the infected computer through command and control servers and steal victims’ personal and financial information through a variety of techniques, including web injects, keystroke loggers, and credit card grabbers without authorization. Between 2009 and
Staysure Hacked, Credit Card details of 93,000 Customers stolen

Staysure Hacked, Credit Card details of 93,000 Customers stolen

January 06, 2014Wang Wei
Staysure, a UK based Insurance company has suffered a massive data breach . More than 93,000 customers' sensitive financial data may have been compromised by unknown hackers. We became aware of the problem on November 14, and quickly informed the relevant card issuing bodies and subsequently The Financial Conduct Authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Police. The company notified that their systems have suffered cyber attack during the second half of October 2013 and Customers' Data including names, addresses, payment card details and CVV numbers has stolen. In that attack, encrypted payment card details of customers who purchased insurance from us before May 2012 were stolen, along with CVV details and customer names and addresses. From May 2012 we ceased to store this data. Credit card details were encrypted, but the CVV number was in the clear text, which is not good. Now this is not confirmed that their encryption implementation was secure or not. Howe
Biggest American Bank 'JPMorgan Chase' hacked; 465,000 card users' data stolen

Biggest American Bank 'JPMorgan Chase' hacked; 465,000 card users' data stolen

December 05, 2013Anonymous
JPMorgan Chase , one of the world’s biggest Banks has recently announced that it was the victim of a cyber attack and warned round 465,000 of its holders of prepaid cash cards on the possible exposure of their personal information. In the Security Breach that took place on the bank’s website www.ucard.chase.com  in July, around 465,000 accounts are compromised i.e. 2% of the overall 25 million UCard users. JPMorgan confirmed that there is no risk for holders of debit cards, credit cards or prepaid Liquid cards. They informed the law enforcement in September, and till now no information on how attackers have conducted the attack has been disclosed. The JPMorgan spokesman Michael Fusco declared that the investigation allowed the identification of victim accounts and the data stolen, the bank already notifying the cardholders of the incident. JPMorgan representative also remarked that hackers haven't stolen money from any user's account, due this reason the company is not i
Dutch Hacker Sentenced for selling 100,000 credit cards

Dutch Hacker Sentenced for selling 100,000 credit cards

February 04, 2013Wang Wei
A Dutch hacker was sentenced to 12 years in a US prison on Friday for trafficking over 100,000 credit card numbers stolen in a computer hacking conspiracy. David Benjamin Schrooten , 22,  known as “Fortezza” in the hacker world, pleaded guilty in November to criminal charges related to hacking, bank fraud, and identity theft, according to Western District of Washington US Attorney Jenny Durkan. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez asked him, “ I don’t think you would ever consider walking into someone’s home, pulling out a gun and robbing them… Did it ever occur to you that you were doing that to all your victims? ” Investigators estimate that tens of thousands of people were affected. The damage amounted to more than 63 million dollars. He is Sentenced to 12 years in prison for a computer hacking and credit card fraud scheme that victimized people around the world. A California man is set to go on trial by the middle of the year for his purported rol
Internet Explorer flaw allows Hackers to Track your Mouse

Internet Explorer flaw allows Hackers to Track your Mouse

December 15, 2012Mohit Kumar
A vulnerability in different versions of Microsoft‘s widely used browser Internet Explorer can allow hackers to track the movements of your mouse. Microsoft is investigating reports of a mouse-tracking flaw that puts virtual keyboards and keypads at risk to remote monitoring. Spider.io, a UK-based company in the advertising analytics field, alleged that two unnamed companies are improperly using a flaw that allows them to track whether display advertisements, sometimes buried far down in web pages, are actually viewed by users. Almost every US-based user of Internet Explorer will have their mouse cursor tracked via this exploit almost every day they browse the web. Microsoft has confirmed that every version of Internet Explorer, from version 6 dating back to 2001 up to 10, released this year, is vulnerable. How this works ? All a hacker needs to do is, buy a ad space on any webpage and wait until a user visits it. If the tab remains open, the hacker has continuous access to user
Sensitive information of 1 Million people breached at Nationwide Insurance

Sensitive information of 1 Million people breached at Nationwide Insurance

December 03, 2012Mohit Kumar
Nationwide Insurance was breached last week and Sensitive information of about 1 Million people is at risk. The FBI is investigating a breach, including policy and non-policy holders. Nationwide mailed notices to all affected individuals last Friday. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens issued the following statement Monday concerning the unauthorized access of Nationwide Insurance‘s website. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Giannetti confirmed a statement by the California Department of Insurance earlier in the day which said “names, social security numbers, and other identifying information” of one million policyholders and non-policy holders were exposed. No credit card details were revealed. About 30,000 people in Georgia were affected, as well as more than 12,000 in South Carolina. Are you affected ? call  The Nationwide at number 800-760-1125.  Affected members and applicants free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services from Equifax for at least one year
Israeli Hackers Leak Credit Card Data from Palestine ISP

Israeli Hackers Leak Credit Card Data from Palestine ISP

November 19, 2012Mohit Kumar
Along war with airstrikes between Israel and Palestine, Cyber war between hackers from both country on fire. First Hackers from all over world who supporting Palestine start attacking Israeli sites, now a hacker going by name " yourikan " has leaked a complete database from an ISP called PALNET (http://www.palnet.ps). In a statement, hacker told 'The Hacker News', " this is in react of the latest terror from Palestine in the missiles against Israel and the cyber war against us say no to Palestine! say no to terror! " Leaked database has been posted on pastebin and downloadable file on anonfiles and including credit card details and full personal address, numbers, names of various Israeli users and admin password and snmp secrets files.
Pizza Hut defaced, Authorities denies theft of 240000 Credit Cards

Pizza Hut defaced, Authorities denies theft of 240000 Credit Cards

November 07, 2012Mohit Kumar
Yesterday Australian Pizza Hut website was compromised by a hacking group going by the name of 0-Day and Pyknic . Hackers defaced the website and claim that they made off with 260,000 Australian credit card numbers. Hack was 1st noticed by  Whirlpool Forum users. But a Pizza Hut spokeswoman said the company did not store such information on its website. " Pizza Hut can confirm that a layer of its website, pizzahut.com.au , was breached with access gained to names and contact information, including email addresses ". " We are working with our website providers to conduct a thorough investigation of the matter and have also reported the incident to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. We would like to reassure all of our customers that absolutely no credit card information was stolen and there is no need for concern regarding credit cards." "The security of our online ordering system has not been compromised in any way and our customers ca
Hacker steal 16000 unencrypted credit cards & 3.6 million Social Security numbers

Hacker steal 16000 unencrypted credit cards & 3.6 million Social Security numbers

October 26, 2012Mohit Kumar
The South Carolina Department of Revenue has announced that millions of Social Security numbers and debit/credit card numbers have been compromised. Hackers from outside the United States recently penetrated the website for South Carolina’s Department of Revenue and reportedly made off with 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 16,000 unencrypted credit and debit card numbers. According to the statement, investigators discovered that a hacker attempted to access the system several times in August and September. The statement said it is believed the hacker successfully obtained data for the first time in mid-September. “ We are taking immediate steps to protect the taxpayers of South Carolina, including providing one year of credit monitoring and identity protection to those affected .” Haley says Friday was the earliest they could announce the breach to allow law enforcement personnel to do their jobs and keep the chance of catching the hacker. Haley says the
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