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February 19, 2014

Heads up to University of Maryland students: You had your data stolen

  • 309k the number of people whose personal records were stolen in a data breach at the University of Maryland. Students, faculty members, you name it—if you had an affiliation with the university since 1998, you had your names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth swiped. “We recently doubled the number of our IT security engineers and analysts,” UMD President Wallace Loh said. “We also doubled our investment in top-end security tools. Obviously, we need to do more and better, and we will.” source
20:04 // 7 months ago
April 2, 2012

Credit card breach: Visa drops payment processor after card data stolen

  • cause Global Payments, a credit card processor, revealed Friday that it had been the victim of  a data breach — initially reported as 10 million cards, though the company now says it was closer to 1.5 million cards. The company says no personal info beyond the numbers was compromised.
  • effect As a result of the data breach, Visa dropped the company from its registry of card-processing providers that meet its security standards. Global Payments says it will continue to process Visa cards, but falling off the list could make businesses less likely to want to deal with them. source

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10:19 // 2 years ago
January 16, 2012

Zappos nailed by security breach, millions of customers affected

  • 24 million customers affected by a major security breach source

» A consumer-focused brand suffers: A data breach with far-reaching implications, this couldn’t have happened to a better company. Anyone who’s ever bought shoes from Zappos knows the company has a rep for doing whatever it can to make the customer happy. ”We’ve spent over 12 years building our reputation, brand, and trust with our customers,” wrote Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. ”It’s painful to see us take so many steps back due to a single incident.” According to the company, sensitive data, including the last four digits of customers’ credit card numbers, may have been acquired in the cyber attack.

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11:50 // 2 years ago
March 19, 2011

Tumblr broke the Gibson, apparently


A human error caused some sensitive server configuration information to be exposed this morning. Our technicians took immediate measures to protect from any issues that may come as a result.

We’re triple checking everything and bringing in outside auditors to confirm, but we have no reason to believe that anything was compromised. We’re certain that none of your personal information (passwords, etc.) was exposed, and your blog is backed up and safe as always. This was an embarrassing error, but something we were prepared for.

The fact that this occurred at all is still unacceptable, and we’ll be seriously evaluating and adjusting our processes to ensure an error like this can never happen again.

Please let us know if you have absolutely any questions.

If you’re a technical type, the nature of the data breach is explained over here. It doesn’t sound good.

15:41 // 3 years ago