UK Businessman Suing Google for so-called “Data Breach”

The Herald Scotland reported today that a businessman has sued Google in the High Court in London for what he calls a data breach. He said he has suffered "damage and distress," because anyone who uses Google has access to "sensitive personal … Continue reading

Data Breach May Compromise Tax Returns for 8,800 TaxSlayer Customers

Last week, TaxSlayer notified 8,800 of its customers that an unauthorized third party may have accessed their tax returns. According to a letter sent to their customers and filed with the State of California Department of Justice, the company discovered the … Continue reading

Hackers Post Records of 330,000 Police Union Members

Last Thursday, the country's largest police union, the Fraternal Order of Police, said it had asked the FBI to investigate a breach that enabled hackers to steal documents which were published online. In a statement posted on Facebook, Chuck Canterbury, … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–January 29, 2016

Rogue App Stores Threaten Mobile Banking Security So-called rogue app stores, once a fringe element, are becoming a serious concern for banks, as subtly altered versions of popular apps are appearing more often on smartphones. These rogue apps, which are … Continue reading

Consumers Aware of Data Security Risks but Do Little for Protection

Consumers are well aware of data security risks in the modern world, but they show no signs of changing the way they use technology. A staggering 83% of consumers reported that technology has enhanced their daily lives, and 30% of … Continue reading

Wendy’s Investigating a Possible Credit Card Breach

Fast-food chain Wendy's told Krebs on Security that it is investigating a possible credit card breach at some locations. Bob Bertini, spokesperson for the Ohio-based restaurants, said the company started receiving reports earlier this month from payment industry contacts about … Continue reading

Tax Software Company TaxAct Discloses Data Breach

TaxAct announced that the tax return information of about 450 customers may have been stolen. The affected customers received a letter from the tax software company on January 11, informing them that their names and Social Security numbers may have been … Continue reading

Affinity Gaming Sues Trustwave for Failing to Stop Data Breach

Affinity Gaming has filed a lawsuit against Trustwave due to the firm's alleged mishandling of a security breach that had exposed the data of up to 300,000 Affinity customers. According to the Complaint, the casino operator hired Trustwave in October 2013 … Continue reading

Hyatt Confirms Data Breach at 250 Hotels

In December, Hyatt Hotels announced they had discovered credit card stealing malware on their payment processing computers. Yesterday, the hotel chain confirmed this malware was capable of stealing credit card names, numbers, expiration dates and verification codes. The attack took place against the … Continue reading

320,000 Customer Passwords Stolen from Time Warner

Last week, Time Warner announced that the email addresses and passwords of nearly 320,000 subscribers may have been stolen. The FBI notified Time Warner of the data theft, and the company does not yet know if any other information has been compromised. The … Continue reading

Court Dismisses Class Action Suit over Michaels Data Breach

A federal court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit stemming from a data breach that took place at Michaels in 2013 and 2014. The case sought damages for customers who were at risk of fraudulent card activity after the breach. But District … Continue reading

191 Million Registered Voters’ Information Leaked Online

Just before the new year, the personal information of 191 million voters was leaked on the Internet. The breach was due to a technical error, which allowed the data to be accessed by the public. Chris Vickery, a Texas-based security researcher, alerted … Continue reading

Data Breach at Hyatt Hotels

On December 23, Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced it had identified malware on its computers that process payments, which means customer credit card information may have been stolen. While the company has not yet provided details on whether any information was … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 23, 2015

How Apple's Trojan Horse Will Eat the Credit Card Industry Apple Pay was launched last year, with lots of fanfare and support by the credit card industry. Partnering with the banks that issue credit cards overcame the resistance that early … Continue reading

Database Leak Exposes Info of 3.3 Million Hello Kitty Fans

The database for, the official online community for Hello Kitty, leaked the data of 3.3 million Hello Kitty fan accounts, according to online researcher Chris Vicery. Vickery contacted Salted Hash and about the leak on Saturday, one day … Continue reading

Data Breach at Landry’s Restaurants

On December 17, Landry's, Inc., the parent company of restaurants such as Landry's Seafood, Claim Jumper, McCormick & Schmick's and Rainforest Cafe, announced it had received reports of unauthorized charges made to credit cards used at some of their establishments. The stolen information … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 18, 2015

How the Fed's Interest Rate Hike Could Hit Your Wallet The Federal Reserve increased interest rates Wednesday afternoon for the first time in nearly a decade. As expected, the Fed announced that it would increase its benchmark rate by one … Continue reading

OPM Faces More Criticism for Mishandling Data Breach

The Office of Personnel Management, the federal agency responsible for the theft of the personal information of more than 21 million Americans, is once again facing criticism--this time for failing to follow the appropriate procedures before awarding a federal contract to an … Continue reading

USB Device Secures Files with Fingerprint Technology

A new USB device will make it easier and safer to store passwords and documents. The OdyOne is compatible with all computers, and has a built-in fingerprint reader that allows you to login to any online account. In addition to … Continue reading

Credit Card Data from 16 Travel and Leisure Companies at Risk

On December 9, Wandera reported a security flaw that affected 16 companies from around the world, including airlines such as Air Canada, easyJet, AirAsia and Aer Lingus. The security vulnerability, which Wandera is calling "CardCrypt," had the potential to reveal … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 11, 2015

Costco Earnings Hurt by Credit Card Switch Costco's breakup with American Express is exposing a behind-the-scenes revenue source for retailers that promote co-branded cards: finders fees. After 16 years of exclusive relationship with American Express, Costco decided earlier this year … Continue reading

Target Settles Class Action Lawsuit for $39 Million

Last week, Target agreed to a $39 million settlement to end a class action lawsuit that had been filed by several banks in the United States. The financial institutions, including Umpqua Bank, Mutual Bank, Village Bank, CSE Federal Credit Union, and First … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 4, 2015

As Subprime Credit Cards Grow, So Do Fees There's a growing subprime threat--and it fits in your billfold. The number of subprime credit cards in circulation--those with the highest interest rates--has exploded over the last five years to where in … Continue reading

Global Cyberconflicts and Hacktivism to Increase in 2016

In the year ahead, security experts expect to see global cyberconflicts, hacktivism and disruptions during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Experian's third annual Data Breach Industry Forecast. Experian's Data Breach Resolution division handled more than 3,000 breaches in 2015 and interviewed leading … Continue reading

Adele Fans Report Possible Data Breach

Members of Adele's fan club were able to buy advanced tickets for her upcoming 2016 UK tour this morning. Given the popularity of her recent hit single, "Hello," it's no surprise that the website selling tickets, Songkick, saw enormous traffic. … Continue reading

VTech Data Breach Affects Nearly 5 Million Customers

Last Friday, VTech announced that an unauthorized party accessed the customer data held on its Learning Lodge app store database on November 14, 2015. According to Have I Been Pwned, a company that tracks online data breaches, this is the fourth largest consumer … Continue reading

Breach at Pearson VUE Affects Cisco and Microsoft Certification Holders

On November 21, Pearson VUE announced that its Credential Manager System was breached and unauthorized users may have accessed customers' names, mailing addresses, email addresses and phone numbers. At this time, the company does not believe that social security numbers or full … Continue reading

Starwood Hotels Victim of Payment System Data Breach

Just days after Marriott Hotels announced its acquisition of Starwood Hotels, Starwood has reported a potential credit card breach at some of its North American locations. The dates for the breach vary by location, but they range from November 2014 … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–November 13, 2015

Apple's Tim Cook Says Cash Will be Dead for the Next Generation of Kids Apple CEO Tim Cook is making another bold prediction about money. Back in January, he forecasted that 2015 would be the year of Apple Pay (a … Continue reading

Despite Insurance, Companies Still at Risk for Financial Consequences of a Data Breach

A recent study shows that even though many companies have purchased insurance to protect themselves from the financial consequences of a data breach, gaps remain that must be closed. The study, commissioned by Wells Fargo Insurance's Technology, Privacy and Network … Continue reading

Four Men Indicted for Massive, Multi-Million Dollar Hack

Four men have been indicted on charges that they hacked into financial institutions across the globe and used stolen information to manipulate stocks, commit credit card fraud and operate illegal online casinos. The hackers and their conspirators generated over $100 million … Continue reading

79% of Small Business Owners Unprepared for Cyber Attack

Nearly eight in ten (79%) small business owners do not have a cyber attack plan, even though 63% have already been the victims of at least one attack, according to a Nationwide study released today. Respondents were asked why they had … Continue reading

Arrests Made in TalkTalk Breach; Vodafone Admits to Similar Hack

On Sunday, a third person was arrested in connection to the recent TalkTalk hack in the United Kingdom. The unnamed 20-year-old was arrested in his home in Staffordshire. The other two teenagers were arrested earlier--one in London and one in … Continue reading

13 Million Passwords Taken in Web Host Data Breach

The usernames, email addresses and passwords of 13.5 million accounts were stolen from 000webhost, a Lithuanian-based web hosting company. The company admitted to the breach on its Facebook page. In the statement, the company said, "We have witnessed a database … Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Response to Experian Breach

On Monday, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed a class action lawsuit against Experian. The suit alleges that the credit reporting agency did not do enough to prevent, detect, end or limit the scope of a data breach that was reported this September that … Continue reading

More U.S. Companies Victims of State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

A disturbing report released today shows that 35% of U.S. organizations have been the victim of nation-state cyberattacks. The survey by CounterTack|MCSI, a data endpoint detection and response company, is the security industry's first in-depth examination of state-sponsored attacks against corporations … Continue reading

MasterCard Launches Safety Net Program for Cybersecurity

To help protect banks and payment processors against cyber hacking, MasterCard has developed a special program called Safety Net that identifies potential threats before they turn into full-blown attacks. The program is designed to screen billions of transactions a day … Continue reading

Possible Breach at EA Games; Company Denies Hack

CSO, a security-focused website, announced on Thursday that there may have been a breach at EA Games, the video game manufacturer. CSO stated the breach included EA usernames, passwords, emails and lists of the user's games. The website learned of … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 16, 2015

Target Converts to Credit Cards with PINs, Not Just Signatures, for Security Reasons Two years after its catastrophic data breach, Target has become the first major credit card issuer to convert to cards that contain a PIN. The department store--which … Continue reading

An “Average” Cyber Crime Costs a U.S. Company $15.4 Million

The cost of cyber crime is skyrocketing. A new study shows a cyber crime incident in the United States costs a company an average of $15.4 million, an increase of 19%. Cyber crimes in the United States are much costlier … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 9, 2015

Expect More Online Fraud as New Credit Cards Arrive The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses … Continue reading

Companies Not Doing Enough to Protect Consumer Information

Companies are not adequately protecting consumer information, according to a recent survey of privacy and risk professionals. Conducted by ISACA, a global nonprofit information systems organization, the survey found that half of the 546 respondents said consumers should not feel confident … Continue reading

American Bankers Association Reveals Data Breach

The American Bankers Association recently disclosed details about a data breach that compromised roughly 6,400 usernames and passwords on the association's website. The group confirmed the computer systems were compromised last Thursday, but they do not believe that any financial … Continue reading

Websites of Most Presidential Candidates Fail Privacy Test

Secure websites are critical for any company or organization, but apparently not to the Presidential candidates. A recent study completed by the Online Trust Alliance, a non-profit organization that promotes online security, privacy and identity protection, analyzed the website safety of … Continue reading