Cyber Security Breaches Update

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OPP warn of cyberattacks targeting local governments in Ontario

OPP warn of cyberattacks targeting local governments in Ontario

Police in Ontario are warning municipalities about a rash of cyberattacks targeting local governments in which hackers demand a ransom in exchange for access to systems.

September 14, 2018 – CP24

Cold Boot Attack Unlocks Disk Encryption On Nearly All Modern PCs

Cold Boot Attack Unlocks Disk Encryption On Nearly All Modern PCs

The attack is a new variation of a traditional Cold Boot Attack, which is around since 2008 and lets attackers steal information that briefly remains in the memory (RAM) after the computer is shut down.

September 13, 2018 – The Hacker News

Three Trend Micro Apps Caught Collecting MacOS User Data

Three Trend Micro Apps Caught Collecting MacOS User Data

After researchers found the security apps collecting and uploading users' browser histories, Apple removed the apps from its macOS app store and Trend Micro removed the apps' browser history collection capability.

September 10, 2018 – DARKReading

Apple forces Facebook VPN out of App Store

Apple forces Facebook VPN out of App Store

Facebook has removed its Onavo Protect app from the App Store after reportedly violating Apple’s data-collection policies.

August 23, 2018 – Cult of Mac

Synthetic clicks exploit can help attackers install malware on MacOS

Synthetic clicks exploit can help attackers install malware on MacOS

Another Mac operating system exploit has been uncovered which would allow a hacker to remotely click anywhere on the screen, with the ability to click "Yes" to installing operating-system (kernel) software, without the user's knowledge or consent.

August 15, 2018 – SCMedia

Instagram users report hack with recovery E-mails changed to .ru addresses

Instagram users report hack with recovery E-mails changed to .ru addresses

Popular social media platform Instagram was hacked, possibly by Russian hackers, changing at least 899 accounts in the process. These accounts where modified to be used as spam-producing accounts.

August 14, 2018 – SCMedia

Personal info of 1.5 million SingHealth patients stolen in Singapore's worst cyber attack

SingHealth medical data stolen

Hackers have stolen medical records of 1.5 million patients from state-run SingHealth. A large portion, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few ministers, had their outpatient prescriptions stolen as well.

July 20, 2018 – The Straits Times

Marketing Firm Exactis Leaked a Personal Info Database with 340 Million Records

Marketing Firm Exactis Leaked a Personal Info Database with 340 Million Records

Marketing and data aggregation firm Exactis leaked 340 million records on a publically accessible server.

June 27, 2018 – Wired

Ticketmaster admits personal data stolen in hack attack

Ticketmaster admits personal data stolen in hack attack

Ticketmaster has admitted that it has suffered a security breach, which the BBC understands has affected up to 40,000 UK customers.

June 27, 2018 – BBC News

Hacker hits Winnipeg mattress store with ransomware

Hacker hits Winnipeg mattress store with ransomware

A local mattress and furniture supply store was forced to pay a hacker who shut down its servers, effectively putting a halt to services and sales there.

June 26, 2018 – Global News

Tesla sues former worker for hacking

Tesla sues former worker for hacking

Tesla has filed a lawsuit accusing a disgruntled former employee of hacking into the electric car-maker's systems and passing confidential information to third parties.

June 20, 2018 – BBC News

BMO, Simplii hack: What customers should do to protect their information

BMO, Simplii hack: What customers should do to protect their information

CIBC’s direct banking brand Simplii Financial that also said “fraudsters” may have electronically accessed certain personal and account information for approximately 40,000 Simplii Financial clients.

May 29, 2018 – Global News

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Canadian small businesses ‘woefully outgunned’ in battle with cybercrime: experts

Almost a third of Canadian businesses unknowingly divulged sensitive information — including customer data — to phishing scams in 2017. According to the first Canadian Internet Security Survey conducted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), this can be traced to a large gap between cybersecurity awareness and personal protection.

March 22, 2018 – Global NEWS

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55% of Canadian companies say they’ve been victims of fraud — experts say it’s likely more

More than half of Canadian companies have experienced fraud in the past two years — that’s up 18 per cent from 2016.

March 7, 2018 – Global News

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Budget 2018 Takes Cyber Crime Seriously, And So Should Canadians

Government websites, small businesses, school boards, public health organizations — all are potential targets.

March 05, 2018 – HUFFPOST

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Nissan Canada Finance reveals possible data breach of customer info

Nissan Canada Finance says it has been the victim of a data breach that may have involved the personal information of some customers who financed their vehicles through the automaker.

December 21, 2017 – The Star

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PayPal’s Canadian subsidiary, TIO, says breach may have affected 1.6 million

PayPal has acknowledged after weeks of investigation that its Vancouver-based online and mobile bill payment subsidiary, Tio Networks (TIO), suffered a data breach that potentially exposed personal information of 1.6 million of its customer base, which covers Canada and the U.S..

December 4, 2017 – IT WORLD CANADA

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Several Ontario universities join together to fight cybercrime

Five universities and three community colleges hire a shared chief information security officer to help fend off attacks.

November 27, 2017 – University Affairs

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Canadians still don’t know if they are among 57 million victims of Uber breach

As the ramifications of Uber’s stunning admission it hid from the public that hackers made off in 2016 with personal information on 57 million riders and drivers around the world are still shaking out, it still isn’t known if any Canadians are victims.

November 23, 2017 – IT WORLD CANADA

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Canadian police frustration over cyber crime shows at conference

Police frustration of dealing with the ever-increasing amount cyber crime businesses and citizens face compared with limited law enforcement resources burst out for a few minutes at a conference here Monday when a senior RCMP officer said more has to be done on prevention.

November 7, 2017 – IT WORLD CANADA

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Carleton notifies faculty and staff of phishing scam, cuts service provider

Carleton University sent out a notice to faculty and staff Thursday warning their names and email addresses may have been accessed by several email phishing scams in September.

October 12, 2017 – OTTAWA CITIZEN

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Notice of Canoe.ca data breach

The free news and entertainment portal Canoe.ca, operated by MediaQMI Inc. and owned by Sun Media Corp. prior to 2015, wishes to inform users that some of its databases containing records from the period of 1996 to 2008 have been breached.

Sept. 12, 2017 – CISION

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MacEwan University defrauded of $11.8M in online phishing scam

Some funds still missing, most traced to bank accounts in Canada and Hong Kong

Aug 31, 2017 – CBC News

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Be wary of emails from high-ranking executives asking for money, they’re probably a fraud

You receive an urgent email from your CEO requesting money to secure a major business deal. It looks legit. Sure, it’s not normal procedure, but time is of the essence and you can’t let your boss down. What if the future success of the company is in your hands? Do you transfer the money?

June 21, 2017 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

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Bell Canada says it’s been hacked, apologizes to customers

Some funds still missing, most traced to bank accounts in Canada and Hong Kong

May 15, 2017 – IT WORLD CANADA

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Thousands of University of Alberta students, faculty, staff put at risk in malware security breach

Malware put more than 3,000 University of Alberta faculty, staff and students at risk late last year, but because of a police probe resulting in charges against a student, the breach wasn’t shared campus-wide until Thursday.

January 5, 2017 – EDMONTON JOURNAL

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Canadian companies are vulnerable to the increasing risk of cyber attacks

Canadian organizations aren’t prepared for the rising caliber of cyber attacks and the costs of data breaches have grown by about 14% in 2016.

August 29, 2016 – FINANCIAL POST

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University of Calgary pays $20K ransom after cyberattack

The University of Calgary says it paid a ransom of $20,000 demanded after a recent cyberattack in order to regain access to its own email system.

June 7, 2016 – CTV NEWS