May 182019

Zack Whittaker reports:

After disclosing a breach earlier this week, Stack Overflow has confirmed some user data was accessed.

In case you missed it, the developer knowledge sharing site confirmed Thursday a breach of its systems last weekend, resulting in unauthorized access to production systems — the front-facing servers that actively power the site. The company gave few details, except that customer data was unaffected by the breach.

Now the company said the intrusion on the website began about a week earlier and “a very small number” of users had some data exposed.

Read more on TechCrunch.

May 162019

Digital Journal reports:

The Singapore Red Cross said Thursday its website had been hacked and the personal data of more than 4,000 potential blood donors compromised in the latest cyber attack on the city-state.

Singapore, one of the world’s most digitally advanced countries, has been the target of multiple high-profile hacks in recent times, including the theft last year of 1.5 million citizens’ health records.

In the latest attack, Singapore Red Cross (SRC) said personal details, including names, blood types, and contact numbers of 4,297 potential blood donors were compromised after an unauthorised access to a section of its website on May 8.

Read more on Digital Journal.

May 102019

Severin Carrell reports:

The Scottish National Party faces being fined for a breach of data protection laws after sending out tens of thousands of European election mailings to the wrong addresses.

The Information Commissioner’s Office confirmed on Friday morning that the SNP had referred itself for investigation after voters across Scotland received letters addressed to strangers or neighbours.

Read more on The Guardian.

May 072019

Jimmy Thomson reports:

Some Yellowknife parents say they’re worried about privacy after sensitive information about their children was left in the salvage area of the city’s landfill.

Documents left at Yellowknife’s dump contained names, birth dates, health care numbers and details about health conditions, and parents’ names and contact information.

All 191 records relate to children, ranging in age from four to 15 years old.

Read more on Cabin Radio.

Apr 292019

Another victim of attackers who convinced the victim that a contractor’s bank account had been changed. This is the same type of fraud that a school district in Kentucky recently reported might have cost them $3.7 million. Now WKYC  reports:

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Leaders at St. Ambrose Catholic Parish in Brunswick say hackers stole $1.75 million from the church that was earmarked for renovations.

In a letter to the parish, Fr. Bob Stec says last week he was contacted by the contractor asking why they hadn’t been paid for the past two months. Stec says the church believed they had been prompt with the payments and were shocked to learn the payments had not been received.

After investigating, the FBI and Brunswick police discovered hackers had infiltrated the parish email system and deceived church leaders into believing the contractor had changed their bank and wire transfer instructions to send the money to a fraudulent account.

Read more on WKYC.  Thanks to the reader who sent in this item.