Friday Five: 11/13 Edition



Your weekly roundup of information security news.

Happy Friday! Close out the work week with our picks for the hottest articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. "Comcast resets nearly 200,000 passwords after customer list goes on sale" by Steve Ragan
    Recently, somewhere on a Dark Web marketplace, someone offered to sell a list of 590,000 Comcast users’ private information; including passwords and email addresses. Comcast’s security team started investigating the list and found that around 200,000 of the 590,000 had accurate information – 60 percent of the list contained false or outdated information. For the accounts that had accurate and matching information, Comcast has informed the users of a password reset. To learn more, read this article.
  2. "Hackers compromise 70 million prison inmate phone records by Doug Olenick
    Calls made by prisoners in the United States between December 2011 and December 2014 have been leaked to The Intercept; the publication has access to approximately 70 million phone calls. According to the hacker who released the data, the calls include over 14,000 recordings of conversations between inmates and their attorneys – a potential violation of attorney-client privilege laws. The files were acquired from Securus Technologies, a technology company based in Texas which provides phone services to correctional facilities in the United States. To learn more about this breach, read this article.
  3. "Health-Care Industry Spending More on Security But Not Ready for Cyberattack" by Alex Ruoff
    In recent years, the healthcare industry has been a main target for cyberattacks; with an increase of 125 percent over the past 5 years. The nation’s healthcare provider organizations have claimed to have increased IT security efforts and budgets significantly, but many are still unsure if they are fully prepared for a cyberattack. To learn more a new survey from HIMSS on the state of healthcare security, read this article. .
  4. "Cyber attack has cost Experian £13.2 million so far" by Sead Fadilpasic
    Experian has lost £13.2 million since the beginning of October, when the cyber-attack on Experian that led to large scale theft of T-Mobile users’ data took place. T-Mobile has since left Experian and replaced them with TransUnion’s CSID service. According to T-Mobile, the switch was necessary because of the reputational damage the brand has experienced since the breach – despite being caused by Experian. To learn more about the breach and the consequences that Experian has experienced, read this article.
  5. "Online retailers could be heading into the biggest ‘Cybercriminal Christmas’ EVER as attacks rise 25% in just 90 days" by Lara Lackie
    Tis the season – the season of possibly the biggest “cybercriminal Christmas” yet. As the holiday season quickly approaches, UK retailers were warned to be extra careful and on guard for potentially a bigger wave of cyberattacks. Over the last 90 days alone, there have been a 25 percent increase in attempted cyberattacks. To learn more about this predication for the holiday season, read this article.
Susan Xu

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