Top Weekly Cyber News: August 11-17, 2019

Hi folks! You may find below the latest news about global incidents, threats and attacks handpicked by our super XM Cyber team of experts.
Threatpost – 4.1B Records Exposed in Breaches in First Half of 2019
August 16
The number of exposed records has hit record highs in just the first two quarters. This year is on track to be the worst year on record for data breach activity, according to a recent analysis. Within the first six months of this year, there have been 3,813 incidents publicly reported, according to Risk Based Security’s 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report. [More]

The Hacker News – European Central Bank Shuts Down ‘BIRD Portal’ After Getting Hacked
August 16
The European Central Bank (ECB) confirmed Thursday that it had been hit by a cyberattack that involved attackers injecting malware into one of its websites and potentially stealing contact information of its newsletter subscribers. [More]

Reuters – Facebook failed to warn users of known risks before 2018 breach: court filing
August 16
Facebook (FB.O) users suing the world’s largest social media network over a 2018 data breach say it failed to warn them about risks tied to its single sign-on tool, even though it protected its employees, a court filing on Thursday showed. [More]

Threatpost – Breached Passwords Still in Use By Hundreds of Thousands
August 16
More than 300,000 users still utilize credentials that have been compromised – with people visiting video streaming and porn sites most at fault, Google found in a new study. [More]

Security Affairs – 700,000 records belonging to Choice Hotels customer leaked online. Crooks demanded ransom
August 16
Security experts have discovered that hackers have stolen 700,000 records from Choice Hotels franchise and are demanding payment for their return. Experts at Comparitech with the help of the popular researcher Bob Diachenko discovered an unsecured database containing 700,000 records from the hotel franchise Chain Hotel. [More]

Security Magazine – Hacker Responsible for Capital One Data Breach Hacked More Than 30 Companies
August 16
Further investigation on Paige A. Thompson, the hacker accused of causing the Capital One data breach, has determined that Capital One wasn’t her only victim. She appears to have stolen sensitive data from more than 30 other companies. [More]

BleepingComputer – Google Estimates 1.5% of Web Logins Exposed in Data Breaches
August 15
A study released by Google estimates that 1.5% of all logins used across the web are vulnerable to credential stuffing attacks due to being disclosed in data breaches. This number is based off of anonymous login data provided to Google through their Password Checkup extension. [More]

DarkReading – More Than 20 Data Breaches Reported Per Day in First Half of 2019
August 15
Risk Based Security’s just-released data breach report for the first six months of this year reveals a total of 3,813 breaches were reported from January 1 through June 30—or on average, more than 20 of them each day. [More]


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