Week of July 22, 2016


Week of July 22, 2016

Credit Card Data Stolen From Wendy's And Cicis' Pizza

  • Initially, Wendy’s reported that 300 of its locations were affected by a credit card breach.
  • The number of affected restaurant locations has been updated to more than 1,000.
  • The breach began in the fall of 2015 and wasn’t uncovered until the end of January 2016.
  • Cicis Pizza discovered malware in some of its point-of-sale systems that compromised payment card information.
  • The majority of incidents occurred in the spring and summer of 2016 and more than 130 restaurant locations were affected.
  • As a consumer, the best way to protect yourself is to monitor your bank and credit card statements for unusual activity.
  • Additionally, if you must use a payment card when you’re out, choose a credit card over a debit card because fraudulent charges are easier to deal with on a credit card.

Source: NextAdvisor, July 20, 2016

Chinese Man Sentenced To Prison From Trying To Boeing

  • A Chinese businessman was sentenced to nearly four years in U.S. prison for attempting to hack into the computer networks of U.S. defense contractors including Boeing.
  • Prosecutors said the hacking attempt was part of a plot by Chinese defense officials to gain access to designs of military aircraft.
  • Chinese defense officials denied that the country’s government was involved in the hacking.
  • Chinese hackers have infiltrated federal computer networks in the past and U.S. security officials view hacking as a top threat.

Source: Time, July 14, 2016

Civic Launches A Free Service That Aims To Stop Identity Theft

  • A new start-up called Civic wants to help Americans stop becoming victims of identity theft.
  • The company is aiming to topple similar identity protection services like LifeLock by focusing on a broader market than just credit monitoring.
  • Civic aims to change that by actually alerting users via a push notification to their smartphone, or a text or email when their Social Security Number is being used at the time of the transaction.
  • Civic will be entirely free to consumers, while also providing a baseline of protection similar to what you’d receive from a paid credit monitoring service.
  • This includes credit monitoring alerts from those outside its network, $1 million in identity fraud protection to help victims recover and a 24/7 fraud support hotline.
  • Civic’s partners will pay to join the network and their fees will reduce as the network scales.

Source: Tech Crunch, July 19, 2016

Hotels Shore Up Cybersecurity Amid Data Breach

  • New Omni Hotels & Resorts CIO Ken Barnes is mulling how to shore up corporate defense in the wake of a cybersecurity attack that impacted 48 of its 60 hotels in North America.
  • New defenses could include analytics that detect anomalous behaviour suggesting that a hacker has entered or is trying to enter Omni's computer network.
  • It's open season on U.S. hotel chains. In the past 12 months, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Hyatt Hotels and Trump Hotel Collection have all announced data breaches targeting consumers' debit and credit card information.
  • Barnes says hotel chains are an attractive target for hackers because they support hundreds of thousands of guests all over the world.
  • Barnes is weighing whether to hire additional technical cybersecurity staff or procure a managed security service provider to bolster its posture, including applications that provide better warnings when something is awry.

Source: CIO, July 13, 2016

Foreign Suspects Arrested Over $2 Million ATM Cyber-Robbery

  • In Taiwan, they arrested three out of 16 foreign suspects they believe hacked into the cash machines of a major local bank, withdrawing more than $2 million.
  • They are accused of targeting First Bank’s ATMs last week, using malware to withdraw more than T$80 million ($2.5 million USD) from dozens of machines.
  • The remaining 13 suspects, including two from Russia, have left Taiwan, adding they had alerted authorities overseas.
  • The suspects may have used a cell phone to target 41 First Bank ATMs.
  • Taiwan’s major state-run banks have frozen withdrawals from nearly 1,000 ATMs of the kind targeted in the heist, which are supplied by Germany’s Wincor Nixdorf.
  • About 4% of Taiwan’s national ATM networks of 27,200 machines are affected.

Source: Fortune, July 17, 2016

Beggars Group Hacked, Customers Warned Of Data Breach

  • Beggars Group, the conglomerate of independent labels including 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, True Panther, XL Recordings, Young Turks, and Beggars Arkive, has revealed that their online stores have been hacked, and customers' confidential information may have been compromised.
  • Credit card numbers were among the details possibly exposed to hackers.
  • Artists that have released music on Beggars Group labels include Adele, Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, the xx, St. Vincent, Pavement, Interpol, Cat Power, Queens of the Stone Age, and countless others.
  • As a security precaution, customer passwords have been changed and will need to be reset before the accounts can be used again.
  • Cybersecurity has been a leading concern for companies in recent years, though the music industry has so far avoided the worst breaches.

Source: Pitch Fork, July 19, 2016

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