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; Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
Florida Clinic Refuses to Pay Computer Hostage-takers
Healthcare and Public Health // Florida, United States
Hackers hijacked computers at a medical office in Zephyrhills, Fla. and held files containing sensitive patient information for ransom. ...
Network intrusion; Payment device infection
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Hit by Payment Card Breach
Retailer // Delaware, United States
The Delaware River and Bay Authority this summer was notified by an unnamed party of a compromise affecting credit and debit card data ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Insider attack
Lifeline Providers Exposed Records on 305,000 People
Mobile operators TerraCom Wireless and YourTel Wireless gave personal data to information technology firm Vcare, which then left it out on ...
Personal Data of Silk Road Judge Allegedly Exposed
The federal judge overseeing the Silk Road case against Ross Ulbricht has been subjected to death threats and apparently a privacy breach. ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Software vulnerability
Spammers Commandeer City of Mobile’s Server via Shellshock
Government (U.S.) // Alabama, United States
Mobile, Ala.’s computer system is “antiquated,” according to city spokesman George Talbot, who said hackers used it this week to blast ...
Cyber espionage; Insider attack; Unauthorized use of employer’s data
California Cops Text Nude Photos Stolen from Smartphones of Women in Custody
Government (U.S.) // California, United States
A California Highway Patrol officer and fellow police for years swapped images from smartphones belonging to arrested women, along with ...
Cyber espionage; Social engineering; Man-in-the-middle attack
Apple Chief Talks with Chinese Official after Alleged Nation State iCloud Hack
China has been accused of stealing Chinese netizens’ iCloud passwords, by intercepting communications between Internet users and the Apple ...
Cyber espionage; Insider attack; Unauthorized use of user privileges
Unauthorized Persons in Two Hospitals Peep into Rob Ford’s Patient Records
Healthcare and Public Health // Toronto, Canada
The oft-disparaged Toronto mayor has had his privacy breached twice, since undergoing medical treatment for an abdominal mass that turned ...
Cyber espionage; User accounts compromised
UC Davis Doctor’s Email Hacked
Healthcare and Public Health // California, United States
An intruder compromised protected patient information in a physician’s professional email account. The information technology breach, which ...
Credential-stealing malware; Payment device infection; User accounts compromised
Staples Registers Hacked by Credit Card Thieves
Multiple banks have traced fraudulent transactions to payment cards that were used at Staples office supply locations in the Northeastern ...