Shopify Reveals Data Breach, Blames “Rouge” Employees

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Shopify

Canadian e-commerce company Shopify has announced a data breach affecting less than 200 of their customers. In a blog post entitled “Incident Update,” Shopify reveals that the breach was caused by two rouge members of their support team. Apparently, they were conducting a scheme to rip off customers by grabbing their transaction records. Shopify has … Read more

TikTok Ban Results in Oracle Deal After Security Concerns

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

TikTok

TikTok is a fast-growing, video-based social media service that has undergone intense scrutiny for being owned by a Beijing-based company called ByteDance. These concerns revolve around both their relationship to China and their access to our data. Though it ranks among the most popular apps in the world, India was one of the first countries … Read more

VA Hit With Breach Exposing Personal Data of 46,000 Veterans.

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a data breach jeopardizing the personal information of around 46,000 Veterans. In a statement released on Monday, the VA explains that the Financial Services Center (FSC) found an online application for Veteran’s medical treatment to be the entry point for hackers. According to the statement, “The FSC took … Read more

Distance Learning: What are the Cybersecurity Risks?

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Girl at computer distance learning online skype teaching class

Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way our society functions, as businesses, entertainment venues, and schools must adapt to the challenges of a socially distanced world. This week, most school districts will press forward with distance learning, in which teachers conduct a class over Skype adjacent apps, while students tune in from home. Distance learning provides … Read more

Haywood County School Latest in String of Virtual Learning Cyberattacks

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Distance Learning

Across the country, many students are going back to school. A larger portion of the country’s youth are learning remotely. However, a cyber attack in North Carolina’s Haywood County School district puts the viability of online learning into question. According to the local news, a ransomware attack shut down the schooling district for the entire … Read more

SANS Institute Suffers Data Breach as a Result of Phishing Attack

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

SANS Phishing, fish hook grabbing key on keyboard

The Escal Institute of Advanced Technologies, otherwise known as the SANS Institute, suffered a data breach resulting the loss of 28,000 items of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The data breach was a direct result a single employee who fell victim to a phishing attack. The Maryland-based SANS Institute has a reputation for their highly regarded … Read more

Capital One to Pay $80 Million Fine for 2019 Breach

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Capital One

As a result of a 2019 breach, Capital One is facing a penalty payment of $80 million. The fine came from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The penalty is over failed security measures involving moving key IT systems to the public cloud in a timely manner. In a scathing report, the OCC … Read more

Intel Suffers Data Leak Containing 20GB of Information

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Intel Chip

Semiconductor chip manufacturer Intel is investigating a data breach, revealing 20 gigabytes of their internal documents leaked online. The data came to Twitter via Till Kottmann, a Swedish Android developer with a self proclaimed history of data leaks. Yesterday at noon, Kottmann tweeted, “Intel exconfidential Lake Platform Release 😉 This is the first 20gb release … Read more

VCU Breach Affects Over 176,000 VCU Students, Staff, and Affiliates.

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

College classroom

The Virginia Commonwealth University has suffered a massive international data breach in which alumni information was stolen. The breach has affected 176,567 current and former VCU students, staff, and affiliates. Blackbaud, an online cloud platform that VCU uses for development and alumni related activities, was the company that found the breach. According to a letter … Read more

Havenly Data Breach Affects 1.3 Million Users

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Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Havenly interior design example

The United States based online home interior design company Havenly has suffered a data breach impacting over 1.3 million users. According to an HaveIBeenPwned, a website that notifies users if their emails are part of any data breaches, data obtained by hackers includes “email addresses, names, phone numbers, geographic locations and passwords stored as SHA-1 … Read more