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Hacker Stole Data of Over 70% Bulgarian Citizens from Tax Agency Servers

Hacker Stole Data of Over 70% Bulgarian Citizens from Tax Agency Servers

July 17, 2019Wang Wei
Eastern European country Bulgaria has suffered the biggest data breach in its history that compromised personal and financial information of 5 million adult citizens out of its total population of 7 million people. According to multiple sources in local Bulgarian media , an unknown hacker earlier this week emailed them download links to 11GB of stolen data which included taxpayer's personal identifiable numbers, addresses, and financial data. In a brief statement released Monday, the National Revenue Agency (NRA) of Bulgaria said the stolen data originates from the country's tax reporting service. The NRA also indicated that the Ministry of the Interior and the State Agency for National Security (SANS) have started taking an assessment of the potential vulnerability in NRA's systems that attackers might have exploited to breach into its databases. It appears that until now, the hacker, who claimed to be a Russian man, has only released 57 out of a total of 110 c
Critical Unpatched Flaw Disclosed in WordPress WooCommerce Extension

Critical Unpatched Flaw Disclosed in WordPress WooCommerce Extension

April 26, 2019Swati Khandelwal
If you own an eCommerce website built on WordPress and powered by WooCommerce plugin, then beware of a new, unpatched vulnerability that has been made public and could allow attackers to compromise your online store. A WordPress security company—called " Plugin Vulnerabilities "—that recently gone rogue in order to protest against moderators of the WordPress’s official support forum has once again dropped details  and proof-of-concept exploit for a critical flaw in a widely-used WordPress plugin. To be clear, the reported unpatched vulnerability doesn't reside in the WordPress core or WooCommerce plugin itself. Instead, the vulnerability exists in a plugin , called WooCommerce Checkout Manager , that extends the functionality of WooCommerce by allowing eCommerce sites to customize forms on their checkout pages and is currently being used by more than 60,000 websites. The vulnerability in question is an "arbitrary file upload" issue that can be exploi
Hacker Breaches Dozens of Sites, Puts 127 Million New Records Up for Sale

Hacker Breaches Dozens of Sites, Puts 127 Million New Records Up for Sale

February 15, 2019Swati Khandelwal
A hacker who was selling details of nearly 620 million online accounts stolen from 16 popular websites has now put up a second batch of 127 million records originating from 8 other sites for sale on the dark web. Last week, The Hacker News received an email from a Pakistani hacker who claims to have hacked dozens of popular websites (listed below) and selling their stolen databases online. During an interview with The Hacker News, the hacker also claimed that many targeted companies have probably no idea that they have been compromised and that their customers' data have already been sold to multiple cyber criminal groups and individuals. Package 1: Databases From 16 Compromised Websites On Sale In the first round, the hacker who goes by online alias "gnosticplayers" was selling details of 617 million accounts belonging to the following 16 compromised websites for less than $20,000 in Bitcoin on dark web marketplace Dream Market : Dubsmash — 162 million acco
Over 300 Million AdultFriendFinder Accounts Exposed in Massive Data Breach

Over 300 Million AdultFriendFinder Accounts Exposed in Massive Data Breach

November 14, 2016Mohit Kumar
Adult Friend Finder , a casual dating website with the tagline "hookup, find sex or meet someone hot now," has suffered another massive data breach, but this time it is much worse than the last year. Over 300 Million AdultFriendFinder accounts have reportedly been exposed in a massive data breach that hit adult dating and entertainment company Friend Finder Network. Friend Finder Network is the world's largest sex and swinger community that has a number of assets and the hack reportedly exposed the information from more than 412 Million accounts across its corporate holdings, which include AdultFriendFinder, Cams, Penthouse, and Stripshow. 412,214,295 User's Accounts on SALE! Breach notification site LeakedSource broke the story, reporting that nearly 339 Million accounts from sex hookup site AdultFriendFinder, over 60 Million accounts from Cams.com, 7 Million from Penthouse and a handful of accounts from Stripshow and iCams were compromised, for a total
Hey, Music Lovers! Last.Fm Hack Leaks 43 Million Account Passwords

Hey, Music Lovers! Last.Fm Hack Leaks 43 Million Account Passwords

September 02, 2016Mohit Kumar
Another Day, Another Data Breach! If you love to listen to music online and have an account on Last.fm website, your account details may have compromised in a data breach that leaked more than 43 Million user personal data online. Last.fm was hacked in March of 2012 and three months after the breach, London-based music streaming service admitted to the incident and issued a warning, encouraging its users to change their passwords. But now it turns out that the Last.fm data breach was massive, and four years later the stolen data have surfaced in the public. The copy of the hacked database obtained by the data breach indexing website LeakedSource contained 43,570,999 user records that were originally stolen from Last.fm on March 22, 2012, according to timestamps in the database. The leaked records include usernames, hashed passwords, email addresses, the date when a user signed up to the website, and ad-related data. Wait! Have you visited The Hacker News early this wee
Hacker Breaks into Political Party's Video Conference System; Could Spy, too!

Hacker Breaks into Political Party's Video Conference System; Could Spy, too!

June 20, 2016Swati Khandelwal
A critical flaw in the video conferencing software of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) − a Canadian federalist provincial political party − allowed a user to spy on and hear the strategy discussions of the party at its premises and even access the live video camera feeds. But luckily, the unknown white hat hacker who discovered the flaw alerted the PLQ staff of the security issue, showing them some videos of the discussions held at the party headquarters as a proof-of-concept. What if the hacker was having a malicious intent? He could have spied on the party's video feeds covertly and could have handed over the feeds and sensitive information, along with the working intrusion bug, to the opposition party for monetary benefits. It seems like the hacker spied on video conference meetings between PLQ's Quebec and Montreal branches. According to the hacker, the PLQ's software not only contained a security vulnerability but also used the factory default password, rep
CTB-Locker Ransomware Spreading Rapidly, Infects Thousands of Web Servers

CTB-Locker Ransomware Spreading Rapidly, Infects Thousands of Web Servers

February 27, 2016Unknown
In last few years, we saw an innumerable rise in ransomware threats ranging from Cryptowall to Locky ransomware discovered last week. Now, another genre of ransomware had been branched out from the family of CTB-Locker Ransomware with an update to infect Websites. The newly transformed ransomware dubbed " CTB-Locker for Websites " exclusively hijacks the websites by locking out its data, which would only be decrypted after making a payment of 0.4 BTC. This seems to be the very first time when any ransomware has actually defaced a website in an attempt to convince its administrator to comply with the ransom demand. However, the infected website admins can unlock any 2 files by the random generator for free as a proof of decryption key works. Here's How CTB-Locker for Websites Ransomware Works Lawrence explained that CTB-Locker ransomware replaces the index page ( the original index.php or index.html ) of the servers hosting websites with the
Ashley Madison Hackers (with another 300GB Dump) – Wait, Cheaters! We haven't Yet Done

Ashley Madison Hackers (with another 300GB Dump) – Wait, Cheaters! We haven't Yet Done

August 22, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Over a month ago, a group of hackers breached the popular cheater's dating service Ashley Madison and its parent company Avid Life Media, affecting tens of Millions site customers private life and also dump the website's source code onto the dark web. The hackers behind the Ashley Madison hack, who call themselves The Impact Team, leaked 10GB of its customers private data online on Tuesday, shortly followed by another 20GB of company’s internal data  on Thursday. The second round of leak exposed a massive amount of e-mail from Ashley Madison parent company's Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman . Now, the Impact Team also posted a third data dump on Friday. Hackers Finally Break Their Silence The hackers finally spoke out for the first time after the bombshell leaks. In an interview with Motherboard, the hackers claimed to have 300GB of other data from Ashley Madison hack, which includes nude photographs and private, explicit chats between memb
Ashley Madison Hackers Finally Released All the Stolen Data Online

Ashley Madison Hackers Finally Released All the Stolen Data Online

August 19, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Well, Cheaters are about to have a very Bad Night Today! Hackers who claimed to have stolen customers' data from Ashley Madison , the popular online casual sex and cheating website with a tagline " Life is short. Have an affair ," recently leaked nearly 10GB of its users' personal data online. The group of hackers, which called itself The Impact Team , has reportedly leaked personal data of Ashley Madison customers on the so-called dark web, meaning the data is accessible anyone on encrypted browsers. The leaked data includes personal details of nearly 36 Million Ashley Madison customers' accounts , which includes: Username First and Last Names Email addresses Hashed passwords Partial Credit Card data Street Names Phone Numbers Records documenting 9.6 Million Credit Card Transactions No Mercy for You Cheaters! The Impact Team stole the data  from the popular cheating website last month and threatened the company to reveal all a
AntiVirus Firm BitDefender Hacked; Turns Out Stored Passwords Are UnEncrypted

AntiVirus Firm BitDefender Hacked; Turns Out Stored Passwords Are UnEncrypted

August 01, 2015Mohit Kumar
Forget about Financial services and Online shopping websites, but at least we expect from Security Firms and Antivirus vendors to keep our personal and Sensitive data Encrypted and Secured. One of the most popular and much-respected Antivirus and computer security firms 'BitDefender' has recently been hacked and has had a portion of its customer data leaked. The Data Breach in BitDefender is incredibly embarrassing for the security firm, not because the company failed to prevent its customers data from hackers, but because the Security company failed to encrypt its customers’ most sensitive data . Now, this is something really not expected from a reputed Security Firm. It appears that the hacker, who uses the online alias DetoxRansome , was able to break into a Bitdefender server that hosted the cloud-based management dashboards for its small and medium-sized business clients, and pilfer usernames and passwords belonged to them. They Forget to Encrypt C
Oops! Adult Dating Website Ashley Madison Hacked; 37 Million Accounts Affected

Oops! Adult Dating Website Ashley Madison Hacked; 37 Million Accounts Affected

July 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
" Life is short. Have an affair, " but always remember " Cheaters never prosper. " AshleyMadison.com , an American most prominent dating website, that helps married people cheat on their spouses has been hacked, potentially putting very private details of Millions of its users at risk of being exposed. The Stolen personal data may include information from users’ real names, addresses and their personal photographs to credit card details and sexually explicit chat logs. With a Huge Database of over 37 Million users, AshleyMadison.com , owned by Avid Life Media (ALM) company , is a very popular dating website that helps married people have extramarital affairs. Cougar Life and Established Men, two other dating sites also owned by Avid Life Media, have also had their data compromised. The Hacker group responsible for the hacks called itself " The Impact Team, " a company spokesperson confirmed. The group apparently raises an obje
Adult Friend Finder... Hacked & 3.5 Million Users' Database Leaked Online

Adult Friend Finder... Hacked & 3.5 Million Users' Database Leaked Online

May 22, 2015Mohit Kumar
Until now, hackers have targeted companies and websites that hold your credit card details or medical information, but now they are showing interest in your sex life instead. You heard it right. Adult Friend Finder , a casual dating website with the tagline "hookup, find sex or meet someone hot now", has suffered a massive data breach. Nearly 4 Million users of AdultFriendFinder have had their personal details, including email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postcodes and IP addresses, exposed on the dark web for sale online. The Channel 4 news site broke the story on Thursday and warned users of the California-based dating site with 64 million members who want to have sex and one night stands with strangers. Nearly 4 Million Sex Life Exposed!!! The leaked data also includes the information on whether the users are gay or straight and even which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs. This data could be goldmines for hacker trying to blackma
5 Biggest Hosting Companies hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

5 Biggest Hosting Companies hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

March 30, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Once again, Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has gain media attention by compromising a number of popular web hosting brands of one of the leading web-hosting companies Endurance International Group INC that manages over 60 different hosting brands. SEA, a pro-hacker group supposed to be aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is famous for hacking high-profile websites and targeting leading organisation with its advanced phishing attacks. This time the group hacked Endurance Group wings, including Bluehost, Justhost, Hostgator, Hostmonster and FastDomain, which are some of the world's leading web hosting companies. The official Twitter account linked to SEA group claimed responsibility for the hack. The group has posted the screenshots of the hacked panels of all the respective web hosting companies. REASON BEHIND HACK According to SEA group, Endurance Group's BlueHost, JustHost, HostGator and HostMonster were hosting terrorists web sites on their se
Lenovo Website has been Hacked

Lenovo Website has been Hacked

February 25, 2015Wang Wei
Lenovo.com , the official website of world's largest PC maker has been hacked. At the time of writing, users visiting Lenovo.com website saw a teenager's slideshow and hacker also added song "Breaking Free" from High School Musical movie to the page background. It appears that Lizard Squad hacking group is responsible for the cyber attack against Lenovo and it could be in retaliation to the Superfish malware incident. It was revealed earlier this week that Lenovo had been pre-installing controversial 'Superfish' adware to its laptops which compromised the computer's encryption certificates to quietly include more ads on Google search. In the Source code of the hacked webpage, description says," The new and improved rebranded Lenovo website featuring Ryan King and Rory Andrew Godfrey "  Rory Andrew Godfrey and Ryan King have been previously identified as members of Lizard Squad Hacking Group. It is not clear whether anyone of them is involve
20 Million Credentials Stolen From Russian Dating Site 'Topface'

20 Million Credentials Stolen From Russian Dating Site 'Topface'

January 26, 2015Wang Wei
A database containing details of more than 20 Million users of a Russian-based online dating website has been allegedly stolen by a hacker and made publicly available for sale through an online forum. A hacker using the online alias " Mastermind " on an online forum used by cybercriminals claims the responsibility of the hack into an unnamed online dating website, according to recent reports. The leaked credentials are claimed to be 100% valid in a posting to a paste site, and Daniel Ingevaldson, chief technology officer of Easy Solution, said that the list included email addresses from Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail. " The list appears to be international in nature with hundreds of domains listed from all over the world ," Ingevaldson said in a blog post on Sunday. " Hackers and fraudsters are likely to leverage stolen credentials to commit fraud not on the original hacked site, but to use them to exploit password re-use to automatically scan and c
US Central Command Social Media Accounts Hacked by ISIS Supporters

US Central Command Social Media Accounts Hacked by ISIS Supporters

January 13, 2015Mohit Kumar
The official Twitter and YouTube accounts for the US military's Central Command ( CENTCOM ) that oversees operations in Central Asia and the Middle East were hacked on Monday by a hacker group claiming association with Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS. The hacker group, appears to call itself " CyberCaliphate ", managed to gain access to the CENTCOM social accounts, and posted some screenshots of documents, allegedly internal CENTCOM documents, with links to what they described as leaked military files. Meanwhile, YouTube page related to the US military’s Central Command was set to display propaganda videos in support of the terrorist group ISIS. On Twitter, the group posted a Pastebin message that declared " Pentagon networks hacked. AMERICAN SOLDIERS WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS. #CyberCaliphate . " Originally, a statement posted on pastebin shared by the compromised CENTCOM account reads: " US and its satelli
Website Backdoor Scripts Leverage the Pastebin Service

Website Backdoor Scripts Leverage the Pastebin Service

January 08, 2015Mohit Kumar
The popular copy and paste website ' Pastebin ' created a decade ago for software developers and even by hackers groups to share source code, dumps and stolen data, has more recently been leveraged by cyber criminals to target millions of users. Compromising a website and then hosting malware on it has become an old tactic for hackers, and now they are trying their hands in compromising vast majority of users in a single stroke. Researchers have discovered that hackers are now using Pastebin to spread malicious backdoor code. According to a blog post published yesterday by a senior malware researcher at Sucuri , Denis Sinegubko, the hackers are leveraging the weakness in older versions of the RevSlider , a popular and a premium WordPress plugin. The plugin comes packaged and bundled into the websites’ themes in such a way that many website owners don't even know they have it. In order to exploit the vulnerability, first hackers look for a RevSlider plugin i
Xiaomi Data Breach — "Exposing Xiaomi" Talk Pulled from Hacking Conference

Xiaomi Data Breach — "Exposing Xiaomi" Talk Pulled from Hacking Conference

October 30, 2014Wang Wei
China’s number one — and the world’s 3rd largest — smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi , which is trying to make inroads into India’s booming mobile phone market, was found secretly sending users’ personal data , including IMEI numbers, phone numbers and text messages to the web servers back to Beijing in China. INDIA AND TAIWAN vs XIAOMI This issue raised higher concerns across many countries, proactively in India, Singapore and Taiwan. The Indian Air Force (IAF) — among the largest in the world — warned its employees and their belongings that their private information was being shipped over to servers in China, and asked them to avoid using Xiaomi smartphones due to security risk. Taiwanese Government underlined similar concerns before Xiaomi’s launch in India. Xiaomi is facing an investigation in Taiwan for alleged cyber security threat, as a result of which last month the Taiwanese government decided to ban the company due to several privacy controversies. When i
Popular Encryption Software TrueCrypt Shuts Down Mysteriously

Popular Encryption Software TrueCrypt Shuts Down Mysteriously

May 29, 2014Mohit Kumar
TrueCrypt , the popular and reputed open source file and disk encryption Software for Windows, OSX and Linux, has abruptly closed down Wednesday recommending its users to use Microsoft's Bitlocker. TrueCrypt is a free, open-source and cross-platform encryption program, thereby one of the world's most-used encryption tool, trusted by tens of millions of users and recommended by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden . TRUECRYPT IS NOT SECURE On Wednesday afternoon, the users of TrueCrypt encryption tool redirected to the project's official SourceForge-hosted page that displays a mysterious security warning message that the popular encryption tool has been discontinued and that users should switch to an alternative. The official website for the TrueCrypt software warns the user that the open source encryption software is no longer secure and informs that the development of the software has been terminated. At the top of TrueCrypt page on SourceForge display
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