ThreatWatch is a snapshot of the data breaches hitting organizations and individuals, globally, on a daily basis.
The information is based on accounts published by outside news organizations and researchers.
We have tried to provide you with a sample of the most prevalent and interesting cyber events. Each incident chronicled includes the suspected attackers' methods of penetration and apparent target to help highlight patterns of activity and emerging threats. The records are limited to episodes where data actually was compromised. These are not accounts of new viruses, spam, or malicious email campaigns that might lead to breaches.
Some of the events cited are more damaging than portrayed, while others may later turn out not to be hacks at all: as you’ll see, the number of people affected is one of the hardest measures to track.
About the map: The global map visualizes real-time malicious activity data captured by sensors used by the experimental Honeynet Project, an international non-profit security research organization dedicated to investigating the latest attacks and developing open source tools to improve Internet security. The green dots indicate the geographic locations of outgoing malicious activity. The map represents only some of the activity detected at any given time because not all of the project's sensors push their data.Collapse
Hackers Deface a Trump Website in Tribute to Jon Stewart
A Canadian group of activists is taking credit for a digital smackdown of GOP presidential contender Donald Trump. The hacktivist ...
Credential-stealing malware; Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; User accounts compromised
Chinese-Originated Hack Potentially Compromised UConn Research and Personal Data
Education // Connecticut, United States
University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering was the victim of a network intrusion that could have been going on for almost a year and ...
Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
1.5M Patients across Indiana Impacted by Data Breach
Healthcare and Public Health // Indiana, United States
Hackers attacked Medical Information Engineering, a company based in Fort Wayne, Ind. that handles record services for radiology centers ...
Insider attack; Social engineering; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Unauthorized use of employer’s data
Former Chinese Military Member Caught Downloading Secret Army Files
Defense Industrial Base // Government (U.S.) // United States and Kuwait
Wei Chen, while serving as a U.S. defense contractor, allegedly plugged a personal thumb drive into computers connected to classified and ...
Cyber espionage; Social engineering; User accounts compromised; Man-in-the-middle attack
OPM Hackers Allegedly Penetrated United Airlines Computers Too
Government Contractor // Transportation
Investigators have tied an attack against the airliner to a China-backed team they say is behind recently-disclosed hacks into U.S. ...
Data dump; Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Software vulnerability
Private Data on Planned Parenthood Employees Leaked Online
Activists, perhaps in protest, or perhaps out of boredom, pulled personal information from the organization's website and published it to ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Insider attack
Georgia Agency Emails a Contractor the Health Diagnoses of 3,000 Senior Citizens
Government (U.S.) // Healthcare and Public Health // Georgia, United States
The state’s Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services accidentally revealed medical details on elderly individuals to an ...
Data dump; Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Anonymous Pulls out Internal Census Data to Protest Controversial Trade Deals
Government (U.S.) // United States
The Census Bureau, part of the Commerce Department, recently bore the brunt of grievances about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and ...
Network intrusion; User accounts compromised; Software vulnerability
Popular Gaming Forums Hacked
Entertainment // United States
It’s possible that any private information stored or sent by members of many Epic Games forums may have been accessed. The company on July ...
Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; User accounts compromised
Breach At Walmart Canada and CVS Supplier Could Impact Online Photo Customers
Financial Services // Retailer // Canada
A vendor based in Vancouver that hosts the two retailers’ photo sites, and collects customers’ payment information, has been hacked. The ...