Information Security Breach Report – 29 January 2015

A round up of the most recent reports of information security breaches, infosec and privacy stories from around the world.


Breaches, Incidents and Alerts:

FBI Issues Wire Transfer Scam Alert – and

Scouts take down database due to ‘security vulnerabilities’ –

FreeBSD Patches Kernel Security Vulnerabilities –

United website breach let fliers see each others’ private data –

Malware Being Masked Under Social Media Messaging Targeting the Region –

Serious Vulnerability in Blackphone Exposed Messages, Location – and

Privilege Escalation, DoS Vulnerabilities Fixed in VMware Products –

Card Breach Hints at Lingering Concerns –

Local banks react to data breach –

ZeroAccess Botnet Restarts Click Fraud Activity –

Hackers of Taylor Swift’s Twitter Account Say They Will Leak ‘Nude Photos’ of the Singer –


Miscellaneous Infosec stories:

‘The malware threat to online games is growing’ –

A Brief History of Accurate Hacking Scenes in Movies, From ‘The Conversation’ to ‘Blackhat’ –

Twenty-eight percent of security spending wasted on shelfware –

Businesses warned about new espionage campaigns from of China –

Endpoint security trends for 2015: What can we expect? –

Accidental breach is top cyber threat concern –

Breaches are a personal nightmare for corporate security pros –

Infosec teams unprepared for new EU data protection laws –

WARNING: Wi-Fi Blocking is Prohibited –

UVA Engineers Develop Drones That Fend Off Cyber Attacks –

Cisco says GHOST is more Casper than Sleepy Hollow –

Suits and Spooks DC 2015: The Agenda. –


Tools, Tips and How it’s done:

This Guy Found a Way to Block Robocalls When Phone Companies Wouldn’t –

Thwarting a new breed of cyberattack –

social engineering attack surface –

Frequency vs. size of cloud data breaches: Which is worse? –

7 ideas for security leaders –

Busting the Ghost Security Vulnerability Haunting Linux Systems –

Password Discovery and Patching by Disassembling: Explained –

GHOSTbuster: How to scan just for CVE-2015-0235 and keep your historical site data –

A Gentle Primer on Reverse Engineering –

ArnoldC – Arnold Schwarzenegger based programming language –

social engineering penetration testing –

OAT – Oracle Auditing Tools For Database Security –


Miscellaneous Privacy stories

Child watch: The apps that let parents ‘spy’ on their kids –

BC’s Privacy Commissioner Reveals Details About Government Breaches –

Data Privacy Day musings from the Infosec community –

B.C. privacy breaches on the rise –

Tor Isn’t A Child Porn Enthusiast’s Best Friend, No Matter What The DOJ Claims –

Law enforcement using Range-R devices to see through walls –


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