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Chili’s Data Breach – credit cards stolen

Chili’s Grill & Bar experiences a “data incident” that exposes some of its customers’ credit & debit card numbers, names & other payment card information. Chili’s Grill & Bar experienced a “data incident” that compromised some of its customers’ payment card information, according to a prepared statement from parent company Brinker International. The restaurant chain learned about the incident Friday. The Chili’s breach may have occurred between March and April 2018, Brinker indicated. Chili’s officials said they believe malware was used to obtain customers’ payment card information, including credit or debit card numbers and Continue Reading

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Saks Fifth Avenue Cash Registers Skimming Credit Card Numbers

Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor reported a data breach affecting millions of its customers. According to the company “a well-known ring of cyber criminals” had stolen more than 5 million credit and debit card numbers from customers. According to the New York Times the cyber criminals were able to pull off this massive heist by implanting software into the cash register systems. Although it is early in the investigation the the hack appears to have only affected card numbers and not social security or driver’s license numbers. The Continue Reading

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Zippy’s suffers massive data breach, affects all locations

If you’ve been to a Zippy’s location between November 23, 2017 and March 29, 2018 there’s a good chance that your credit card may have been compromised as a result of a massive data breach. Zippy’s cash registers (which are essentially computers) were infected with malware that “skimmed” customer credit cards as they were swiped to pay for food, copying the card information for criminals to use or sell on the dark web. At this time Zippy’s is not disclosing exactly how many customers are affected. Zippy’s official press release and details Continue Reading

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Hotel Door Locks Worldwide Vulnerable to Hack

It’s very rare these days that a hotel will give you a real key when you check in. Instead, most chain hotels and mid-sized establishments have switched over to electronic locks with a keycard system. As researchers from F-Secure have discovered, these electronic locks may not be very secure. Researchers from the company have managed to create a “master key” for a popular brand of hotel locks that can unlock any door. The team began this investigation more than a decade ago, when an F-Secure employee had a laptop stolen from Continue Reading

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“Gold Galleon” Nigerian hackers plunder global shipping industry

Researchers have identified the hacking group behind several wide-scale business email compromise (BEC) attacks gouging the maritime shipping industry millions of dollars since last year. Attackers are taking advantage of the industry’s lax security and the use of outdated computers, according to a report released by RSA. Researchers estimate that Gold Galleon has specifically targeted the shipping industry in an attempt to steal at least $3.9 million between June 2017 and January 2018. Gold Galleon’s targets include maritime shipping organizations – such as companies providing ship management services, port services and cash Continue Reading

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Cargo ships ripe for hacking

Living on an island, we rely on ships to bring us everything from food to Amazon orders. With the shipping the industry being the main conduit for global trade, moving over 10 billion tons of goods annually between seaports, officials say that this trillion dollar industry is open to cyber attack and its ripe for the picking. Ships are low hanging fruit as incredibly high-value cargo is transported on ships with legacy systems and poor security processes and awareness. In fact the seaports they dock in offer suffer from these same problems. Continue Reading

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City of Atlanta currently being held hostage by cyber criminals

It’s not a good day for the city of Atlanta. Officials in Atlanta say the city’s computer systems are not yet fully operational after a ransomware attack hit the city last week and locked some city data behind a wall of encryption. They’ve been working “around the clock” to get systems back on-line, including city email, internet and many departments such as the courts, jails and utility bill payments are being run the old fashioned way – with pen and paper. Hackers are demanding a $51,000 ransom to restore access Continue Reading

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Do You Own a 4 Leaf Lucky Clover?

A Four-Leaf Clover Won’t Cut It: 4 Steps to Handling Your Cybersecurity This Year You may play the lottery in the hopes of winning. You may even hold back on a new purchase, leaving it in the hands of fortune to give you a better deal on Black Friday. But your data’s security is never something to leave up to chance – not with today’s huge number of complex cyber attacks. In 2017 there was a hacker attack every 39 seconds, affecting one in three Americans and 43 percent of those attacks Continue Reading

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4 ways to keep thieves out of your bank account

The number of debit cards compromised at ATMs and merchant card readers rose 10 percent in 2017, according to FICO. To limit fraud risk, experts say, consumers should avoid using a debit card for purchases. Paying with a debit card for purchases is one way that budget minded consumers can keep a lid on their spending. You’ll notice that ALL major retailers such as supermarkets and drugstores have DEBIT chosen automatically as the default payment method at check out. This has saved them millions of dollars in transaction fees and Continue Reading

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Ransomware spreading rapidly via fake IRS emails

A new variant of ransomware is spreading rapidly around the globe be emails impersonating the Internal Revenue Service. The email subjects look like “Please Note – IRS Urgent Message-164” and the email body states that you’re behind in real estate taxes and to open the attached file for a compiled report of how much you own. Don’t fall for it. Opening the attached .zip file downloads a malicious payload that quickly encrypts all of your computer’s important files, then demands a ransom to be paid in untraceable BitCoin before you can get Continue Reading

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