Microsoft discovers new vulnerability that was exploited by SolarWinds hackers

In a statement Microsoft said, it had found a new vulnerability which was exploited by SolarWinds hackers. The attackers had gained  access to one of Microsoft’s customer-service agents, they had then used information gained from there to launch hacking attempts against customers. Microsoft had discovered the route used by hackers while responding to hacks by a…

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Hackers breach Swedish IT firm InfoSolutions’ medical database

Hackers have breached the cyber defenses of a Swedish information technology firm; so far it is unclear whether the breach has resulted in the attackers gaining access to a database containing patient data, including COVID-19 test results. In a statement InfoSolutions said, it has “identified and solved what made the intrusion possible.” However, as yet,…

Hackers manage to access voice mails at Italy’s state-owned Monte dei Paschi bank

In a notice sent to customers by Italy’s state-owned bank Monte dei Paschi, hackers have managed to access the mailboxes of some employees, with the bank informing clients in the notice that on March 30 some messages with voice mail attachments had been sent as a result of the cyber attack. Incidentally, the notice did…

Former head of Uber’s self-driving unit Anthony Levandowski files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Anthony Levandowski, the former head of Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving technology unit, has filed for bankruptcy protection following a court order confirming that he must pay $179 million to Google to end a lawsuit over his split from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo. In December, an arbitration panel had ruled that Levandowski, a former key engineer in…

Defense data may have been stolen in cyberattack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp: Japan Defense Ministry

In a statement, Japan’s defense ministry stated, a cyber attack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp, a major supplier of the country’s defense and infrastructure systems, has led to a breach of sensitive data on defense equipment. The potentially stolen data included requirements for defense equipment that Japan’s Defense ministry specified for contract bidders in October 2018,…

Paige Thompson, Capital One hacker compromised privacy of over 100 million U.S. citizens

It would appear that Paige Thompson wanted to get caught: she posted extract of the data that she hacked on GitHub, a publicly available coding platform. In a significant development, Capital One Financial Corp disclosed that a hacker, who has been arrested, had managed to obtain the personal information, including names and addresses, of around…

Facebook approaches settlement with the FTC over consumer data data breach violations

The focus of the FTC’s investigation into Facebook’s data breach was whether the sharing of personal data of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica violated its 2011 agreement with the FTC wherein it had pledged to safeguard user’s privacy. As per a report from the Wall Street Journal citing sources familiar…

2 of out of 3 hotels leak personal info of guests: Symantec Corp

This is a threat since cyber-criminals are increasingly interested in monitoring the movement of influential business professionals as well as government employees. According to a research report released by Symantec Corp, two out of three hotel websites have inadvertently leaked guests’ booking details as well as personal data to third-party sites, including advertisers and analytics…