Criminals love to amass and sell vast quantities of user data, but not all data leaks necessarily pose a risk to users. Even so, the ease with which would-be attackers can amass user data is a reminder to organizations to lock down inappropriate access as much as possible.
Facebook has been attempting to dismiss the appearance of a massive trove of user data by claiming it wasn't hacked, but scraped. No matter how the theft is characterized, 533 million users have just learned that their nonpublic profile details were stolen and sold to fraudsters.
A security researcher found more than 500 million Facebook records being offered for free on the darknet, exposing basic user information, including any phone numbers associated with the accounts. Facebook says this is “old data” previously reported as exposed.
A North Korean government-backed threat group that was detected targeting security researchers in January is once again staging a campaign against them using advanced social engineering techniques, Google reports.
The Florida teen whom prosecutors call the mastermind behind last year's hack of 130 high-profile Twitter accounts to wage a cryptocurrency scam pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to serve three years in a juvenile facility.
A newly-discovered phishing campaign posts harvested credentials using the Telegram messaging app's application programming interface to bypass secure email gateways, report researchers at the Cofense Phishing Defense Center.
The Biden administration is reviewing former President Donald Trump's policies addressing potential national security and cybersecurity concerns about Chinese-owned companies as it develops new plans for dealing with a wide range of issues tied to China.
Microsoft researchers say that a North Korean hacking group that the company calls "Zinc" - which is better known as the Lazarus Group or Hidden Cobra - likely was responsible for targeting vulnerability researchers in an attempt to steal information via a backdoor.
Many of the insurrectionists who marched on the Capitol on Jan. 6 and violently forced their way into the building livestreamed their activities or boasted about them via social media. Those self-identifying actions have helped law enforcement authorities identify some of the more than 70 individuals charged.
President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives on a charge of inciting an insurrection after a riot at the U.S. Capitol led to the deaths of five people. Many experts don't believe the impeachment will have a direct impact on cybersecurity, but adversaries do look for opportunity in chaos.
Terabytes' worth of posts, images and videos from conservative social media site Parler have been forcibly obtained by security researchers who have archived the material for investigators in the wake of the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Investigators probing the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob on Wednesday have been seeking images and help in identifying suspects. The FBI, which is leading the investigation, has a range of investigative tools and technologies to help, including facial recognition software.
Twitter permanently suspended the official account of President Donald Trump, with the social media firm citing concerns over violence following the riot by pro-Trump supporters at the Capitol. Facebook had already suspended Trump's account through the remainder of his term.
Ransomware gangs entered 2020 with a full and dangerous set of weapons at their disposal and then rolled out additional tools such as extortion and new distribution methods, a trend that is expected to continue into 2021.
Social media poses special risks for minors. Data scientist David Stier, who has discovered leaks of minors' personally identifiable information on Instagram, shares insights on how social media companies should better protect PII.