Author Archives: Ganesh Datta

USPS systems breached by Chinese Government Hackers – Employee SSN’s, addresses, and more stolen

The United States Postal service just announced in a press statement that some of their information systems have been breached. The stolen information includes Social Security numbers, addresses, names, date of birth, employment details, and other such identifying information for over 800,000 employees. The attack is believed to have been a product of Chinese Government […]

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56 million credit cards stolen? “Who cares, we sell hammers” says Home Depot

In the recent hack on Home Depot, a reported 56 million credit cards were stolen. New facts that have come to light by The New York Times indicates, however, that Home Depot’s internal cybersecurity experts were well aware of the vulnerabilities that allowed the breach to happen from as early as 2008. Home Depot reportedly relied […]


How Home Depot, Target, could have prevented recent hacks

If you’ve been following the news, it seems like a major corporation is being attacked every other day. In light of these recent events, here are a few things that these corporations could have prevented the attacks. Strict Zoning Controls The recent breaches allegedly originated in Russia – the question, however, is why Russian hackers […]


Credit cards stolen in Home Depot breach

Multiple large banks are reporting that they are seeing evidence of a possible breach into the Home Depot’s system, resulting in large batches of stolen credit and debit cards. A Home Depot spokeperson confirmed that they are seeing some unusual activity, and are currently working with law enformance and the banks to investigate the breach. […]


FBI investigating hack at JPMorgan, 6 other top banks

The FBI is currently investigating JPMorgan Chase, among others, for a attack that allegedly originated with Russian hackers. According to authorities with information about the incident, several gigabytes of sensivite data were lost, and the breach is now being looked at as possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions. Authorities are investigating recent attacks at major European […]


Sony PlayStation network taken down by DDoS attack

UPDATE – Monday, 08/25/2014 by Karthik: Sony’s Playstation Network was back online on Monday, and representatives from Sony say that the attack did not involve or compromise the information of any users. The hacker team Lizard Squad that claimed responsibilities for the attack on Sunday said that attack was meant to pressure Sony to spend […]


Exploits found that allowed researchers to hack Gmail with a 92% success rate

Researchers at the USENIX Security conference published a paper detailing an exploit that allowed them to steal sensitive user information such as login details and camera snapshots. The apps tested by the researchers were WebMD, GMail, Chase, H&R Block, Amazon, NewEgg, and, a set of popular Android apps that contain sensitive user data. The […]

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Over 1,000 U.S. Businesses affected by “Backoff”, the same malware that attacked Target

According to the U.S Department of Homeland Security, the Point of Sale (PoS) malware attack that affected Target in the recent breach is more prevalent than previously thought. Over 1000 U.S. businesses are estimated to have been victims of a malware named “Backoff”, a PoS malware that steals customer credit card numbers and other confidential […]

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The UPS Store hacked, data may be compromised

The UPS Store recently announced that 51 of their US based stores, in 24 states, were victim to a malware intrusion on their store systems. According to the company, customers who used a credit or debit card at these 51 locations between January 20, 2014 and August 11, 2014 may have had their information compromised. […]

“Facebook Viruses” – How do we get rid of them?

“Facebook viruses”, as they are commonly known, have become extremely prevalent these days. Symptoms include posts you did not write, sending of messages with spammy links to your friends, creating events, and much more. Why does this happen, and what can you do about it? Most people seem to call this a facebook virus. However, […]

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