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Wyze security camera breach actually impacted 13,000 users, not 14

Wyze security camera breach actually impacted 13,000 users, not 14

Remember that Wyze security camera breach a few days ago which showed 14 users images from inside other peoples’ homes? It turns out that the number of people affected was more like 13,000. Wyze updated users on the Feb. 16 security breach via email, admitting that around 930 times more people were impacted by the incident than initially believed. The smart home company stated that approximately 13,000 users were shown thumbnail images from cameras belonging to other people, with 1,504 people actually tapping on them. This either enlarged the picture or showed the user a video from a stranger’s Wyze camera, private images that they should never have had access to. SEE ALSO: Wyze security camera owners report seeing stranger’s feeds. It’s happened before. According to the company, over 99.75 percent of Wyze’s users weren’t affected by the breach. Still, that’s around 0.25 percent of users whose privacy was violated — and 100 percent who should have renewed concerns about the security of their security cameras.  The breach occurred after Wyze’s cameras went down for …

Wyze camera breach let 13,000 strangers look into other people’s homes

Wyze camera breach let 13,000 strangers look into other people’s homes

Wyze If you have a Wyze security camera, you should be aware of a recent security breach – because it may have let a stranger see in your home. In a message to customers, company co-founder David Crosby explained that the issue began shortly after an outage on Friday morning, February 16. If customers tried to view their cameras during that time, he wrote, images were unavailable. Also: The best home security cameras for peace of mind at home But as cameras were being brought back online, users started seeing images and videos in their Events that were not from their cameras. When every device tried to come back online at once, the company explained, the system became overloaded. The increased usage caused device IDs to be mapped incorrectly, connecting some accounts to the wrong cameras. Wyze blamed “a third-party caching client library that was recently integrated into our system” for the trouble. At first, Wyze estimated that only 14 people were able to peek into someone else’s home. Now that estimate has ballooned to …

Southern Water reports major data breach impacting hundreds of thousands

Southern Water reports major data breach impacting hundreds of thousands

Southern Water, a leading water utility company in the South East of England, has announced a significant data breach, potentially impacting between 235,000 and 470,000 of its customers. The breach, which occurred in January, saw hackers accessing sensitive customer information during a cyberattack. The company, serving millions across the region, disclosed that “5 to 10 percent” of its customer base might have had their personal data compromised. This estimate, based on ongoing forensic investigations, leaves room for the possibility that the number of affected individuals could rise. Details of the stolen data, as reported by BBC News, include customers’ dates of birth, national insurance numbers, bank account details, and reference numbers. Southern Water has yet to confirm the specifics of the compromised information. In addition to customer data, Southern Water revealed plans to inform all current and some former employees about the breach. The utility firm, employing around 6,000 individuals, is still investigating the full extent of the incident. The cyberattack was claimed by the Black Basta ransomware group, known for its links to Russia …

US military notifies 20,000 of data breach after cloud email leak

US military notifies 20,000 of data breach after cloud email leak

The U.S. Department of Defense is notifying tens of thousands of individuals that their personal information was exposed in an email data spill last year. According to the breach notification letter sent out to affected individuals on February 1, the Defense Intelligence Agency — the DOD’s military intelligence agency — said, “numerous email messages were inadvertently exposed to the Internet by a service provider,” between February 3 and February 20, 2023. TechCrunch has learned that the breach disclosure letters relate to an unsecured U.S. government cloud email server that was spilling sensitive emails to the open internet. The cloud email server, hosted on Microsoft’s cloud for government customers, was accessible from the internet without a password, likely due to a misconfiguration. The DOD is sending breach notification letters to around 20,600 individuals whose information was affected. “As a matter of practice and operations security, we do not comment on the status of our networks and systems. The affected server was identified and removed from public access on February 20, 2023, and the vendor has resolved …

ICO investigates reports of data breach

ICO investigates reports of data breach

ICO launches probe amid reports parents ‘saw data of children from other schools’ ICO launches probe amid reports parents ‘saw data of children from other schools’ More from this theme Recent articles The information watchdog is investigating reports of a data breach on the Class Charts behaviour management platform, which is used by tens of thousands of teachers. Some parents logging on to Class Charts last week were reportedly shown data relating to other children. The Information Commissioner’s Office told Schools Week it had “received a data breach report in relation to Class Charts and are assessing the information provided. “Anyone who is concerned about how their data has been handled can get in touch with the ICO or check our website for advice and support,” said an ICO spokesperson. Class Charts is used by more than 180,000 teachers, its website states. The company says it can “save teachers time and reduce workload with our data rich seating plans” and “improve pupil behaviour with our fast and effective behaviour management”. Class Charts, owned by Tes Global Limited, …

Bibby Stockholm: ‘Claustrophobic’ asylum seeker barge risks human rights breach, MPs warn | Politics News

Bibby Stockholm: ‘Claustrophobic’ asylum seeker barge risks human rights breach, MPs warn | Politics News

Asylum seekers being housed on a government-run barge are facing “claustrophobic” conditions that could amount to a breach of their human rights, MPs have warned. The Bibby Stockholm, moored at Portland in Dorset, has been used since last August as ministers sought to find alternatives to hotel accommodation for those waiting for decisions on their asylum applications. But the vessel has been plagued with issues – including an outbreak of Legionella bacteria onboard – and in December, police confirmed one of the people onboard had died, with reports suggesting the man had taken his own life. The Home Affairs Committee, made up of cross-party MPs, visited the barge and has now written to illegal migration minister Michael Tomlinson to raise serious concerns about the conditions being faced by those living on the vessel. Politics live: Sunak ‘doesn’t think foreign criminals should be able to stay’ Chair of the committee, Dame Diana Johnson, said MPs had been “disheartened to see some of the living conditions on the Bibby Stockholm”, saying they found “many individuals having to …

Death Stranding 2: On the Breach isn’t coming until 2025

Death Stranding 2: On the Breach isn’t coming until 2025

Are you looking to showcase your brand in front of the gaming industry’s top leaders? Learn more about GamesBeat Summit sponsorship opportunities here.  Package delivery enthusiasts will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on Death Stranding 2. Sony debuted a new in-depth trailer at the end of its first State of Play for 2024. The title is still in development and not due out until 2025. Sony did not say if the game will be exclusive to the PS5 or if a PC release is in the cards. Sony also confirmed the rumors that the sequel is officially titled Death Stranding 2: On The Beach. Players will have plenty of environments to walk through and can look forward to Troy Baker reprising his role as Higgs. True to Kojima’s style, the Death Stranding 2 trailer is wacky. Good luck trying to figure out how a creepy maternity ward, guitar weapons, hand-shaped spiders and a talking puppet will fit together. Notably, Kojima announced a brand-new franchise OD at The Game Awards that …

Europcar says someone likely used ChatGPT to promote a fake data breach

Europcar says someone likely used ChatGPT to promote a fake data breach

On Sunday, a user in a well-known hacking forum advertised what they claimed was a cache of stolen data from the rental car giant Europcar. The user claimed to have stolen the personal information of more than 48 million Europcar customers, and said they were “listening to offers” to sell the hacked data. Except, the data appears to be completely made up — perhaps created with ChatGPT, according to Europcar. Europcar spokesperson Vincent Vevaud told TechCrunch that the company investigated the alleged breach after a threat intelligence service alerted it to the forum advertisement. “Thoroughly checking the data contained in the sample, we are confident that this advertisement is false,” Vevaud said in an email, adding: – The number of records is completely wrong & inconsistent with ours, – The sample data is likely ChatGPT-generated (addresses don’t exist, ZIP codes don’t match, first name and last name don’t match email addresses, email addresses use very unusual TLDs), – And most importantly, none of these email addresses are present in our customer database. The hacking forum …

Councils forced to update key records after legal breach

Councils forced to update key records after legal breach

More from this theme Recent articles A dozen councils have been forced to update records from key meetings with headteachers after a Schools Week audit found they were breaking their legal duty to keep them up-to-date. The law requires local authorities to have a schools forum, made up of leaders, governors and trade unions, which is consulted on key funding decisions. Councils are also required to “promptly publish all papers considered by the forum and the minutes of their meetings on their website.” But Schools Week found 12 councils whose records were either non-existent or not up-to-date. This equates to around eight per cent of all councils with education responsibilities. During our audit, we found Middlesbrough Council had not published documents since October 2022, while Hartlepool’s latest records were from December 2022. A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said the minutes from all schools management forum meetings “have been agreed by its members, but had not been published on the council’s website. They are now up to date.” Hartlepool thanked Schools Week “for alerting us to the …

23andMe Breach Targeted Jewish and Chinese Customers, Lawsuit Says

23andMe Breach Targeted Jewish and Chinese Customers, Lawsuit Says

The genetic testing company 23andMe is being accused in a class-action lawsuit of failing to protect the privacy of customers whose personal information was exposed last year in a data breach that affected nearly seven million profiles. The lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in federal court in San Francisco, also accused the company of failing to notify customers with Chinese and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage that they appeared to have been specifically targeted, or that their personal genetic information had been compiled into “specially curated lists” that were shared and sold on the dark web. The suit was filed after 23andMe submitted a notification to the California Attorney General’s Office that showed the company was hacked over the course of five months, from late April 2023 through September 2023, before it became aware of the breach. According to the filing, which was reported by TechCrunch, the company learned about the breach on Oct. 1, when a hacker posted on an unofficial 23andMe subreddit claiming to have customer data and sharing a sample as proof. The …