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Cybersecurity News Bytes for Independence Week 2018

Adidas Hit with Data Breach

Adidas is warning customers that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach that included contact information, user names, and encrypted passwords. Adidas first became aware of the breach on 26 June. The company is working with law enforcement to investigate.

Facebook Reveals More Data Sharing

In a detailed report to Congress on 29 June, Facebook documented disclosures of user data and friends data to dozens of companies in addition to Cambridge Analytica, the UK research firm that used Facebook data to target voters in the 2016 Presidential election. In the new report, Facebook said that it gave access to user data to app developers, device and software manufacturers in more than 60 separate deals. Some of these deals continued after Facebook introduced a new policy restricting the sharing of user information in 2015 while Facebook allowed time for their partners to catch up with the new policy.

Florida Marketing Firm Reveals Massive Data Exposure

Exactis, a Florida-based marketing firm, exposed personal data of over 340 million people when it left a server unprotected. The exposed data includes email addresses, home addresses, personal preferences, and a wealth of other data. The exposure was discovered by a security researcher in late June and first reported in Wired. It’s unclear whether any malicious actors were aware of the unprotected server and gained access to the material.

Ticketmaster UK Hit with Data Breach

40,000 British and “international” (but not U.S.) customers were affected by a data breach of Ticketmaster UK and affiliated online ticket services. Anyone who bought tickets from these services from September 2017 through June 2018 may have had their personal information including credit cards compromised. Authorities are investigating the source and means of the breach, which is still unknown.

Kaspersky Report on Cryptojacking

Cybersecurity researchers at Kaspersky Labs have released a report about malicious actors who have shifted from extortion via ransomware to cryptojacking, or the malicious mining of cryptocurrencies. Kaspersky reported a 40% drop in ransomware incidents between April 2016 – March 2017. Malware for crypto-mining increased by 44.5% during the same period, indicating that unauthorized mining of cryptocurrencies is more lucrative than ransomware. India and China are the countries most likely to experience unauthorized cryptocurrency mining, according to Kaspersky.

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