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
Data dump; Unauthorized use of user privileges; User accounts compromised
Nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Other Female Hotties Emerge Online
Entertainment // Web Services
A hacker is taking credit for leaking naked pictures of several female stars after pummeling through Web storage accounts. J. Law’s people ...
Credential-stealing malware; Network intrusion
Maker of barefoot running shoes hit by e-tailer hack
The website provider for Vibram, which sells FiveFingers footwear, was the victim of a targeted hack, “allowing the attackers to help ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Data dump; Insider attack
Mozilla, Again, Accidentally Hacks its Developers
For the second time in a month, Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox browser, has inadvertently leaked programmers’ passwords and ...
Data Heist at 50 Oil Companies in Norway
The breach was the largest in the country’s history and might have affected an additional 250 oil and energy firms. Statoil, the biggest ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Hospitality exchange service Couchsurfing experiences email list mayhem
The company’s distribution system was hacked right before messages endorsing a rival “sleep with a stranger” site were sent to many of its ...
Cyber espionage; Network intrusion; Software vulnerability
Russian Government Might Be Behind JPMorgan Hack
Financial Services // New York, United States
Suspected government-backed hackers penetrated systems at JPMorganChase and at least one other bank during incidents that the FBI is ...
Cyber espionage; User accounts compromised
Hacker Toys with New Zealand General Election
Leaked materials in a new book by journalist Nicky Hager have sucked the oxygen out of the National party’s re-election campaign. Hager ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Insider attack; Misplaced data
UK Prisons Issued Encrypted Drives to Stop Exposing Data but That Didn’t Work
The Ministry of Justice was fined about $300,000 for losing a device with prison records, after not realizing one must turn on disk ...
Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of user privileges; User accounts compromised
About 72% of S. Korean Adults Affected by Data Raid
Entertainment // Financial Services
A cybercrime ringleader received much of the data – including names, resident registration numbers, account names and passwords -- from a ...
Cyber espionage; Insider attack; Unauthorized use of employer’s data
Police Accused of Screening Dates Using Law Enforcement Database
Government (U.S.) // California, United States
Local Police Officers in California used office time and equipment to search for women on Internet dating sites, aided by government ...