Tag Archive: Exposed


Flipboard resets passwords after data breach exposed users’ details

Flipboard says databases containing users’ account information, including passwords and email addresses, were copied by hackers.

What you need to know Flipboard says hackers gain unauthorized access to its databases containing user details. The databases in question included users’ names, encrypted passwords and email addresses. Flipboard is resetting passwords for millions of users as a precautionary measure. Third-party accounts aren’t affected, but Flipboard is also resetting tokens.

News aggregator Flipboard is the latest to succumb to a  [Read More…]

Facebook says it exposed millions of Instagram user passwords

Affected users are being contacted now.

Back in late March, Facebook came under fire for storing its users’ passwords in a readable format — exposing around 600 million passwords to its employees. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Facebook’s now quietly announced that something similar also happened to Instagram accounts.

Added as a text update to an article on the Facebook Newsroom published four weeks ago, Facebook says the following:

Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM  [Read More…]

Facebook exposed up to 600 million user passwords to its employees

How does this keep happening?

Per a report from Krebs on Security on March 21, Facebook has — yet again — found a way to mishandle its users’ data. This time around, it appears that Facebook incorrectly stored user passwords and made them exposed to thousands of employees.

Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal  [Read More…]

Marriott data breach exposed personal information for 500 million people

Names, email addresses, card info, and more was exposed for millions of people.

By now, you’ve probably heard about the recent Marriott data breach. It’s a story that’s been making the rounds like a crazy, as it should seeing as how it’s one of the worst corporate data breaches to ever happen.

Whether you’re a concerned Marriott customer or just want to stay informed about what’s going on, here’s everything you need to know.

What happened

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T-Mobile now says ‘encrypted passwords’ were exposed in its security breach

Are you a T-Mobile customer? Here’s what you should do to keep your info safe.

T-Mobile, one of the United States’ most popular and controversial wireless carriers, announced on August 24, 2018, that a variety of personal information was exposed for its entire subscriber base.

Any security breach should be handled with the utmost care and caution, and to help you understand what exactly is going on, here’s a quick breakdown of everything you need to know.

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Around 200 million people had their real-time location exposed by LocationSmart

A bug allowed you to track someone’s location without obtaining their consent.

Earlier this week, it was reported that a company called LocationSmart partners with U.S. carriers to sell people’s real-time location to all sorts of third parties. This news came as a rather unpleasant surprise on its own, but it’s now been discovered that a bug on LocationSmart’s website exposed the real-time location for around 200 million individuals.

According to ZDNet, LocationSmart used to feature a  [Read More…]

Twitter asks users to change passwords after bug exposed them on internal log

The bug in Twitter’s hashing process has since been fixed.

Twitter today asked all of its users to consider changing their passwords after discovering a bug that caused them to be stored “unmasked in an internal log.”

According to Twitter, the bug has been corrected and it has seen “no indication of breach or misuse by anyone” after an investigation.

We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log.  [Read More…]

Equifax says personal data of 143 million customers exposed in cyber attack

Equifax says a cyber attack leveraged against the company has exposed the personal data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

Credit-reporting company Equifax has just announced a major cyber security breach that has exposed the data of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers.

What data was exposed?

The company says the following data was accessed:

names Social Security numbers birth dates addresses driver’s license numbers credit card numbers (approx. 209,000 U.S. consumers) dispute documents (approx. 182,000 U.S. consumers)  [Read More…]

How Samsung exposed your old Galaxy phone to hacking

If you own or owned an older Samsung device, you’re probably familiar with the S Suggest app. An ancestor of Bixby, the app – which came pre-installed on most Galaxy devices in the past – is a device-specific Android app recommendation tool. But as Samsung is now focusing on Bixby, the older S Suggest got […]

Samsung vulnerability exposed with over 600 million devices affected worldwide

NowSecure security researcher Ryan Welton has exposed a security risk that affects over 600 million Samsung devices world wide. The risk comes from the pre-installed Swiftkey keyboard. Samsung gave the app system user privileges, which is one step away from root. The app cannot be uninstalled or disabled in the system.

“If the flaw in the keyboard is exploited, an attacker could remotely:

Access sensors and resources like GPS, camera and microphone Secretly install malicious app(s) without the user  [Read More…]