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
Cyber espionage; Spearphishing; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges
“Sharking” attack hacks a poker star’s laptop to gain the upper hand
Entertainment // Barcelona, Spain
Whereas phishing attempts cast a wide net, sharking attempts target specific gamblers. In one instance, real-world and online poker player ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Insider attack
Oops-World’s largest transaction clearinghouse exposes client securities transfers
Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation accidentally spammed an individual with login files containing IDs, transactions, and account ...
Cyber espionage; Spearphishing
Chinese pry open European networks with Syria tease
Government (Foreign) // Europe
Ahead of this fall’s G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, hackers from China reportedly poked around in the computers of the Czech ...
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center clients hit up for money
Financial Services // Healthcare and Public Health // California, United States
Hackers aiming for Social Security numbers, credit card data and other financial information compromised the organization’s information ...
Cyber espionage; Man-in-the-middle attack
Web traffic from U.S., Germany, South Korea and Iran intercepted by Iceland?
Government (U.S.) // Government (Foreign) // U.S., Germany, South Korea and Iran
Someone mysteriously hijacked data headed to government agencies, corporate offices and other recipients in the U.S. and elsewhere and ...
Data on 465,000 tax refund and benefits debit cardholders hacked
Financial Services // Government (U.S.)
Card issuer JPMorgan discovered an intrusion on web servers used by the site www.ucard.chase.com. Corporations pay employees and the ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Data dump; Insider attack
Students’ vision tests and personal data eyed online
Education // Healthcare and Public Health // Illinois, United States
Information on Chicago Public School students who participated in a free eye examination was inadvertently made available on the Internet, ...
Accidentally leaked credentials; Insider attack; Misplaced data
Australian government data found on for-sale thumb drives
Government (Foreign) // Manufacturing // Australia
Various agencies, businesses and private citizens neglected to erase memory sticks before giving them away to online marketplaces, which ...
Spearphishing; Unauthorized use of user privileges; User accounts compromised
Malware accesses data on 90,000 patients
Healthcare and Public Health // Washington, United States
An employee at University of Washington Medicine in Seattle exposed the personal information of Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical ...
Social engineering; User accounts compromised
Kenyans scammed by hacked Facebook friends
Financial Services // Social Media // Kenya
An unidentified number Kenyan users of the social network sent money to other users who they believed to be buds in need of urgent ...