Facebook announced Friday that 29 million users, opposed to the 50 million originally estimated, were impacted by a security breach. Three software bugs impacted the "View As" feature, where users can see what their profile looks like in the eyes of someone else. This allowed "attackers" to exploit the accounts and steal Facebook access tokens, according to an update published by the social media giant's newsroom. The "attackers," as Facebook is calling them, used a controlled set of accounts they already had access to and an automated technique to steal access tokens from the friends of those accounts, "friends of those friends, and so on." This process targeted about 400,000 people. Facebook clarified which information was accessed in the release: For 15 million people, attackers accessed two sets of information - name and contact details (phone number, email, or both, depending on what people had on their profiles). For 14 million … [Read more...] about Facebook security breach impacted 29 million users, down from estimated 50 million
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Several hundred times over the last decade, intruders have hopped fences, slipped past guardhouses, crashed their cars through gates or otherwise breached perimeter security at the nation's busiest airports - sometimes even managing to climb aboard jets. One man tossed his bike over a fence and pedaled across a runway at Chicago O'Hare, stopping to knock on a terminal door. Another rammed a sports-utility vehicle through a security gate at Philadelphia International and sped down a runway as a plane was about to touch down, forcing officials to hold takeoffs and landings. At Los Angeles International, a mentally ill man hopped the perimeter fence eight times in less than a year - twice reaching stairs that led to jets. In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a man who was on the run after stabbing a plumber scrambled over a barbed-wire fence and dashed into an empty plane. In all, an Associated Press investigation found 268 perimeter security breaches since 2004 at airports that together … [Read more...] about Major American airports report 268 perimeter security breaches since 2004 – though NYC data withheld for ‘security concerns’
— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.Feeling a little over-exposed lately? You’re in good company. It’s a safe bet that most Americans are feeling more personally and financially vulnerable since Equifax recently announced that hackers got hold of the personal data of some 143 million U.S. consumers.The cybersecurity disaster exposed vital information like names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, credit card information, and even some driver’s license numbers, all of which could be used to clone credit cards, and worse yet, identities.So, what can you do to protect yourself against cyber bullies intent on accessing your private personal and financial data? The answer is simple: Learn from this. Learn … [Read more...] about Here are the best ways to protect yourself after the Equifax security breach
Longtime Equifax CEO Richard Smith stepped down from his job Tuesday, the latest victim of company security breaches that revealed private data about 143 million Americans. “At this critical juncture, I believe it is in the best interests of the company to have new leadership to move the company forward,” Smith said in a statement announcing his sudden resignation. The retirement should spare Smith from an anticipated public relations nightmare: A scheduled Oct. 3 appearance before Congress where he was likely to serve as the fall guy in the mess. It was unclear who might step in for Smith at the hearing. He also resigned his post at Equifax chairman. Smith’s 12-year tenure atop the credit reporting agency was accompanied by a company release declaring its departing boss might leave without the usual golden parachute. Smith will not receive his annual bonus, and Equifax intends to conduct an independent review of the data breach before … [Read more...] about Equifax CEO Richard Smith abruptly resigns after agency’s massive security breach affecting 143 million Americans
While attending the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning in Fort Meade yesterday, I was reminded once again that the biggest security breach in US history was as challenging and intricate as instant coffee. Witness after witness from the subcontracted world of “information assurance” took the stand to declaim the military’s ironclad information security (“InfoSec”) protocols and to also mumble about how these rules were never enforced. Installing the instant-message chat program mIRC may have been “not authorized,” but that didn’t keep the military itself from issuing bulletins on how to install it. Reporters from The Guardian long ago sketched the scene in the “SCIF”—“senstitive compartmented information facility”—at FOB Hammer where Manning worked in Army Intelligence as a scene of freshman-dorm indiscipline, with passwords posted on sticky-notes and everyone watching movies and playing online games, … [Read more...] about Why Are Massive National Security Breaches So Ridiculously Easy?