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
WordPress Security Provider Leaks Client Passwords
iThemes, a content management system security plugin and training provider, has taken responsibility for being complicit in exposing its ...
Network intrusion; Social engineering; Man-in-the-middle attack
China-based Hackers Set Sights on NGO Sites and Their Visitors
A malicious operation targeting non-profit and nongovernmental organizations has posted infected “iframes,” or ad-like content, on each ...
Cyber espionage; Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; Software vulnerability
Army Network Breached by Gamers Targeting Apache Helicopter Simulator
Entertainment // Government (U.S.)
Hackers who were after gaming secrets wiggled their way into an Army network in the process. Federal officials have accused a group of ...
Facebook Page Allegedly Outed Convicted Pedophile
Social Media // Northern Ireland, UK
A child molester accuses the social network and user Joe McCloskey of misusing his private information and breaching privacy laws. A ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Software vulnerability
Porn Purveyor Is Hosting Leaked Nude Photos and Lookalikes on Hacked Websites
A spammer who blasts seemingly mundane emails, which actually link to compromised websites with women in compromising positions, has found ...
Cyber espionage; Insider attack; Stolen credentials; Unauthorized use of employer’s data
Student Hacked into Files on Scholarship Awarded to Australian Prime Minister’s Daughter
Education // Sydney, Australia
Freya Newman, a 21-year-old communications student from the University of Technology, Sydney, pled guilty to breaching computer records of ...
Cyber espionage; Insider attack; Unauthorized use of employer’s data
Ex-Worker Pocketed Employer’s Patient Data to Start Rival Firm
Healthcare and Public Health // Kentucky, United States
Owensboro Medical Practice in Kentucky and its business associate, Research Integrity, learned that a spreadsheet containing protected ...
Credential-stealing malware; Payment device infection; Stolen credentials; User accounts compromised
Jimmy John’s Hack Only Recently Was Stopped
Financial Services // Food and Beverage
The sandwich chain learned of a payment system breach back on July 30, around the time that KrebsOnSecurity first reported an investigation ...
Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges; Man-in-the-middle attack
jQuery Site Reroutes Systems Administrators to Malware
A toolkit used by developers of an estimated 70 percent of the 10,000 most popular websites was infected with code that can steal ...
Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; User accounts compromised
1.4 Million Viator Travel Site Users Affected by Payment and Account Breach
Viator learned of the incident on Sept. 2 when a payment card service provider notified the tours and activities website of unauthorized ...