Engineer reports data leak to nonprofit, hears from the police

A security engineer and ex-contributor to an open systems non-profit organization recently reported a data leak to the organization. In return, he first got thanked for his responsible reporting, but later heard from their lawyers and the police. Apperta Foundation is a UK-based non-profit, supported by NHS England and NHS Digital, that promotes open systems … Continue reading Engineer reports data leak to nonprofit, hears from the police

Energy giant Shell discloses data breach after Accellion hack

Energy giant Shell has disclosed a data breach after attackers compromised the company's secure file-sharing system powered by Accellion's File Transfer Appliance (FTA). Shell (short for Royal Dutch Shell plc) is a multinational group of petrochemical and energy companies with more than 86,000 employees in over 70 countries. It is also the fifth-largest company in … Continue reading Energy giant Shell discloses data breach after Accellion hack

Swiss hacker charged for leaking proprietary source code

Swiss national Till Kottmann, 21, has been charged for conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Kottmann has been at the forefront of numerous leaks involving source code, some of it proprietary or confidential, from dozens of large companies. In a public repository, Kottmann published code from Intel, Nissan, … Continue reading Swiss hacker charged for leaking proprietary source code

Leaked Development Secrets a Major Issue for Repositories

Every day, more than 5,000 private keys, database connection strings, certificates, and passwords are leaked to GitHub repositories, putting applications at risk. More than 5,000 passwords, private keys, and other development "secrets" are leaked every day when programmers push code to online repositories — a year-over-year increase of 20% that also makes the software and … Continue reading Leaked Development Secrets a Major Issue for Repositories

“Mentally ill demon hackers” blamed for massive Gab data leak

Far-right service allegedly breached via SQL injection vulnerability More than 40 million posts, messages, profiles, and hashed passwords compromised Gab, the Twitter-like social networking service known for its far-right userbase, has reportedly been hacked – putting more than 40 million public and private posts, messages, as well as user profiles and hashed passwords, at risk … Continue reading “Mentally ill demon hackers” blamed for massive Gab data leak