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
Largest IRC Network Has Been Compromised
Popular Internet relay chat network Freenode is asking users to change passwords after discovering its servers have been breached. "The ...
Cyber espionage; Social engineering; Spearphishing
Paid Hackers Attacked 300 Banks, Businesses and Governments for 12 Years
Government (Foreign) // Other Critical Infrastructure
German hackers-for-hire went undetected for a dozen years while they compromised organizations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The ...
Insider attack; Network intrusion; Social engineering; Unauthorized use of employer’s data; User accounts compromised
Nigerian Financial Company IT Worker Wanted for $40 Million Bank Hack
Financial Services // Abuja, Nigeria
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is asking citizens for information on the whereabouts of Godswill Oyegwa Uyoyou, a ...
Man-in-the-middle attack; Software vulnerability
Popular Japanese Blogging Portal Is Trying to Attack Readers
A page on Ameba, a blogging and social networking site, contains a link to a malicious website. The shady domain tries to exploit holes in ...
Insider attack; Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of employer’s data; User accounts compromised
Saks Personnel Splurged $400,000 on Shoes Using Customers’ Credit Card Data
Financial Services // Manufacturing // New York, United States
Six employees at Saks Fifth Avenue dreamed up a way to obtain more than 100 pairs of designer footwear and other accessories from the ...
Desktop Burglary at Temple U. Subjects Nearly 3,800 Patients to Potential ID Theft
Healthcare and Public Health // Pennsylvania , United States
An unencrypted PC containing personal information was stolen during a break-in at a Temple University physicians' office. The computer, ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Data dump; Insider attack; Misplaced data; User accounts compromised
Sex Worker’s Little Black e-Book Improperly Disposed Of
A VoIP service was reassigning temporary, disposable phone numbers instead of expunging them and their contacts. This faux paus was ...
Cyber espionage; Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; User accounts compromised
Hacker Holds Mysterious Bitcoin Inventor’s Identity for Ransom
A person going by the name “Jeffrey” has usurped an email account belonging to the virtual currency’s secretive founder, Satoshi Nakamoto, ...
Network intrusion; Man-in-the-middle attack; Software vulnerability
Hacked Brazilian Newspaper Website Tries to Break Into Your Home Router
The popular paper (politica.estadao.com.br) was compromised with rogue code that attempts to guess the password of the site visitor’s ...
Payment device infection
Payment System at California Hotel Group Hacked
Hospitality // California, United States
San Diego-based Bartell Hotels is urging guests who patronized one of its five inns earlier this year “to review their payment card ...