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
Credential-stealing malware; Spearphishing; User accounts compromised
Phishing Email Baits Indiana Medical Center, Health Data Exposed
Healthcare and Public Health // Indiana, United States
A malicious email compromised the username and password of a St. Vincent Medical Group employee. When St. Vincent learned of the incident ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Maine Fire Department System Hobbled By Ransomware
Government (U.S.) // Massachusetts, United States
A computer virus led to the destruction of files at the Salisbury Fire Department and forced some staffers to resort to pen and paper. ...
Cyber espionage; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Unauthorized use of employer’s data; User accounts compromised
Ex-IT Manager Charged with Intercepting Company Email
Illinois, United States
A 50-year-old man is accused of breaking into an unnamed Northbrook-based firm’s computer network after he stopped working there and ...
Visitors to Google Malaysia Were Rerouted to a Malicious Site
Government (Foreign) // Web Services // Malaysia
Users of Google’s page in Malaysia saw a message on a different, fraudulent landing page telling them that “Google Malaysia Hacked by ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Software vulnerability
Thieves Break Into Cars by Amplifying Signals from Wireless Keys Inside Homes
Manufacturing // California, United States
Storing your wireless car keys in the freezer might be the best way to defeat crooks with door-hack gadgets. A series of break-ins in in ...
Credential-stealing malware; Cyber espionage; Network intrusion; Social engineering; Spearphishing
Arab Hackers Suspected of Penetrating Israeli Military Network
Government (Foreign) // Israel
The attackers packaged malicious code in emails sent to various military addresses that purported to contain breaking military news, or, in ...
Insider attack; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Lottery IT Security Pro Accused of Rigging Equipment to Win $14.3 Million on Hot Lotto
Entertainment // Iowa, United States
It is believed a former computer security director at an Iowa lottery vendor manipulated equipment before buying a Hot Lotto ticket that ...
Data dump; Stolen credentials
Right-Wing Extremists Allegedly Dumped U.S. Officials’ Home Addresses Online
Government (U.S.) // United States
Federal authorities are trying to determine the source of a leak of the home addresses of senior U.S. officials onto the Internet. ...
Network intrusion; Social engineering
Maine Cops Cave to Hacker Ransom Demands
Government (U.S.) // Maine, United States
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, along with four towns sharing the same computer system, wired $300 to a crook after being told malware ...
User accounts compromised
Kendall Jenner’s Hacked Twitter Casts Aspersions on Justin Bieber
The model and reality TV star’s Twitter feed posted out-of-character messages to her 10.2 million followers, including, “My dad got the sex ...