Computer or e-mail hacked? Compromised privacy online?

Computer or e-mail hacked? Compromised privacy online?

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:48 pm

In Russia, a list of e-mail addresses and their supposed passwords were posted on a forum site by a user. This article link contains a website at the end of the article where people can check to see if their e-mail address from one of the listed providers shows up on the list posted.
http://www.dailydot.com/crime/google-gmail-5-million-passwords-leaked/

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Retailer Home Depot was the target of a hack last week. Credit and debit card information is allegedly available for sale on a website. http://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2014/09/09/canadian_cards_from_home_depot_attack_appear_to_be_for_sale_online.html
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In Ontario, a discovery of contact information posted online contrary to privacy expectations led to some quick action.
http://www.thestar.com/business/personal_finance/2014/09/09/tip_leads_to_notification_of_security_lapse_roseman.html
Breach notification is not required under Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law – the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act or PIPEDA.

A bill currently before Parliament (S-4) proposes to add this requirement, said Valerie Lawton, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

She referred me to a guide that helps organizations respond to privacy breaches. It gives best practices for notifying people after a breach.
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Re: Computer or e-mail hacked? Compromised privacy online?

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Sep 26, 2014 11:10 am

This week, it appears that another type of Heartbleed computer virus might be directed to Linus servers. As well, mention of cybercriminals more keen on health records than credit card data hacking for black market moneymaking opportunities. It would seem that hospital medical record information systems might not be keeping up with current hardware and software security measures.

Found an US article from March 2014 outlining why medical records look so good to hackers:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/101535352
If you're worried about your medical data getting breached, here are some red flags to look out for. The following are signs your identity may have been compromised, according to Federal Trade Commission:
Bill for medical services you didn't receive
Call from a debt collector about a medical debt you don't owe
Medical collection notices on your credit report that you don't recognize
Notice from your health plan saying you reached your benefit limit
Denial of insurance because your medical records show a condition you don't have
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Re: Computer or e-mail hacked? Compromised privacy online?

Postby alohasand on Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:13 pm

Sign me up for opting out of electronic this that and the other. Getting a regular headache about how much the average person in North America is supposed to remember about passwords, updating, checking up on people who access our data etc. if we are not computer majors.
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Re: Computer or e-mail hacked? Compromised privacy online?

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:17 pm

Yahoo has stated that hackers have affected 500m users by accessing their account information.

The company advises that since the case goes back to 2014, users should update their passwords if they
have not been updated since 2014.

http://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/6872972-yahoo-says-hackers-stole-info-from-500-million-user-accounts/

Technology website Recode first reported Tuesday that Yahoo planned to disclose details about a data breach affecting hundreds of millions of users.
That followed an Aug. 1 story on the technology news site Motherboard, which said a cyber criminal known as Peace was selling the data of about 200 million Yahoo users but did not confirm its authenticity. Peace has previously claimed responsibility.
Peace also previously attempted to sell on a hacker forum information purportedly belonging to hundreds of millions of accounts at MySpace and LinkedIn, including names, passwords and email addresses.

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/yahoo-says-least-500-million-184049895.html
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