The personal data of the 1.6 million people served by the Oregon Department of Human Services may have been exposed in a January phishing hack. The department reports that nine employees opened phishing links that compromised 2 million department emails, some of which may have included sensitive information.
Amazon plans to offer video ads on its shopping app that enable companies to tailor messages based on search query results and has been testing them on Apple's iOS platform, according to reports. One source said Amazon is requiring a $35,000 budget to run the ads at 5 cents per view for two months, and another noted that rates will vary by category.
Microsoft is offering a brief look at the company's new discless console, the Xbox One S All-Digital edition. The entirely digital console will offer a 1 terabyte hard disk drive and will come with three games: "Sea of Thieves," "Forza Horizon 3" and "Minecraft."
Somewhere between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users could have had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than 20,000 Facebook employees. It is unknown how long the passwords were exposed, but the plain text user passwords date at least to 2012.
The wild success of "Fortnite" served as a lesson for Epic Games on the value of cross-platform play, says CEO Tim Sweeney. The experience spurred the launch this week of Epic Online Services, facilitating the development of games that can be played across smartphones, PCs and consoles.
The We Co., best known for its WeWork chain of co-working spaces, has a trove of data on how urban entities function, and it's launching an initiative to share that data with cities. Di-Ann Eisnor, who kicked off Waze in the US and was an executive at Google, will lead We's collaborative efforts to help cities come up with technological solutions to problems.
Two hacking groups recently breached zero-day vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins, creating backdoors and redirecting traffic to malicious sites. A report released this year by cybersecurity firm Sucuri found that 90% of hacked content management systems were WordPress sites.
Entrepreneurs can protect their companies' sensitive data by taking proactive steps, said a panel of experts. In addition to using firewalls and updating software, panel participants recommended protecting email, doing regular employee training and limiting access to private data.
As cyberthreats become more sophisticated, continual educational opportunities for employees are vital in order to maintain proper security within companies. With threats changing constantly, training has to be equally adept so employees are constantly on guard, anticipating attacks before they lead to large-scale breaches.
The Police Federation of England and Wales was hit by a ransomware attack that has encrypted many of the agency's servers, rendering email inaccessible. The ransomware attack deleted some backup data and is being investigated by the National Crime Agency's National Cyber Crime Unit.
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