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
User accounts compromised
Baltimore Prosecutor Says Her Hacked Twitter Account ‘Favorited’ An Anti-Cop Tweet
Government (U.S.) // Social Media
State's Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby denies endorsing a racially-charged tweet and another one labeling the police officers ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Software vulnerability
Asian Telecom Firm Pacnet Was Hacked While the Company Was Being Sold
Telecommunications // Asia and Australia
About two weeks before Australian communications provider Telstra completed an acquisition of Asian undersea cable company Pacnet, an ...
Insider attack; Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of employer’s data
Employee Stole ER Patient Data in Multiple Jersey Hospitals
Healthcare and Public Health // United States
A billing clerk stole information on individuals admitted to three Bergen County, N.J. hospitals. “The scope of the breach remains unclear. ...
Cyber espionage; Data dump; Network intrusion
‘Yemen Cyber Army’ Claims to Have Dug Into Saudi Government Secrets
Government (Foreign) // Saudi Arabia
As a Saudi coalition unleashes airstrikes against Yemen, a group of hacktivists says it has raided classified computer files from a number ...
Data dump; User accounts compromised
Sexual Preferences of Some Government Employees Allegedly Leaked
The hack of dating site Adult FriendFinder has potentially subjected nearly 4 million people, including feds, to the risk of blackmail and ...
Network intrusion; Social engineering; Stolen credentials
Hackers Shakedown Gamers for Gold, Weapons and Armor
Patrick Nepomuceno of California allegedly bought a remote access tool to commandeer the computers of Diablo III videogame players, steal ...
Cyber espionage; Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Health Insurer CareFirst Popped By Hackers
Healthcare and Public Health
CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, said the attack occurred nearly a year ago. It is not clear if this incident is related to two ...
Cyber espionage; Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; User accounts compromised; Man-in-the-middle attack
Hackers Intercepted Communications of St. Louis Federal Reserve Website Users
Financial Services // Government (U.S.)
The attackers hijacked the financial agency’s domain name servers. Users’ Web searches and queries were redirected to a webpage set up by ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Hackers Break into Old Dominion University’s Independent Student Newspaper
Media // United States
The newspaper, Mace & Crown, was defaced by a self-proclaimed Muslim group. For about a day, the newspaper’s website was replaced by a red ...
Password cracking; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Hacked Atlanta Billboard Displayed Grotesque Porn Image
Manufacturing // Technology // Georgia, United States
A security researcher claims he got the cold shoulder when he previously warned the firm that operates the sign that its products are ...