Data Leaks of the Week – May 31, 2019

A curated list of the top stories of the week concerning data leaks and digital threats.

Hackers breach US license plate scanning company

By John E Dunn, May 28, 2019, Naked Security

One of the US’s most widely used vehicle license plate reader (LPR) companies, Perceptics, is reportedly investigating a data breach. A hacker claimed to have compromised the company, providing a list of 34 compressed directories amounting to hundreds of gigabytes and almost 65,000 files as evidence.

885 million records exposed online: bank transactions, social security numbers, and more

By Dell Cameron, May 24, 2019, Gizmodo

Several million records said to include bank account details, Social Security numbers, wire transaction records, and more were found publicly accessible on a server of First American Financial, a major U.S. financial service company.

Australian tech unicorn Canva suffers security breach

By Catalin Cimpanu, May 24, 2019, ZDNet

Canva, a Sydney-based startup that’s behind the eponymous graphic design service, was hacked by the infamous GnosticPlayers. Data for roughly 139 million users has been taken during the breach, including details such as customer usernames, real names, email addresses, and city & country information.

New Zealand budget: National party denies hacking Treasury

By BBC News Team, May 29, 2019, BBC News

New Zealand’s main opposition party has denied hacking into the government’s computer systems to steal documents relating to the country’s budget. The National Party, which leaked details of the budget two days ahead of schedule on Tuesday, said it got the information legitimately.

Flipboard reveals data breach, which left users’ details exposed

The news aggregation app Flipboard announced that it had identified unauthorized access, for more than 9 months, of some of its internal systems, which contained some Flipboard users’ account information and credentials.

200k personal records exposed by events planning firm

By Lindsey O’Donnell, May 28, 2019, ThreatPost

An Elasticsearch database belonging to Australian event planning startup, Amazingco, was found leaking more than 200,000 records with personal details tied to children’s entertainment, wine tour events, and more. Details include names, emails, phone numbers, and addresses.

Redtail Technology’s data breach

By Ross Snel, May 28, 2019, Barrons

Redtail Technology may have exposed personal client information of advisors who use the firm’s customer relationship management software. Data includes names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.

Investment Week website suffers data leak

By Mike Moore, May 28, 2019, Tech Radar

Investment Week, a major UK financial news site, exposed the data of thousands of its readers. Details include full names, email addresses, and other subscription details, including business addresses.

Data breach at Columbus Community Hospital

By WKOW website Team, May 28, 2019, WKOW

Columbus Community Hospital says patients’ personal information may have been shared in an email scam. Names, account numbers, insurer information and social security numbers may have been compromised.

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