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Computer Security No 28: Private Security

Corporate Computer Security

- Fake shopping apps

- Friend Finder Network Data Breach

- Jokes

Christmas is coming and fraudulent app developers are flooding the Apple and Android app stores with apps that pose as legitimate retailers for luxury brands like Moncler, Celine, Salvatore Ferragamo and more.

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They ask for your details, your permission to access your photos, contacts, location or social media profiles. If you think you have stumbled upon one, delete it and report to Google or Apple.

Safe shopping!

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Friend Finder Network Data Breach (13 x larger than Ashley Madison)

Monumental data breach targetting adult dating and entertainment company Friend Finder Network exposed 412 million accounts.

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The site is considered the world's largest "sex and swinger community".

The accounts were from AdultFriendFinder.com (over 300 million), 15 million deleted accounts that had not been purged from the database, 62 million from Cams.com and 7 million from Penthouse.com as well as a few from smaller sites owned by the company.

Of these accounts, there are 5,650 .gov registered emails and 78,301.mil emails.

How it happened:

A researcher, calling himself Revolver, disclosed a "local file inclusion flaw" on the AdultFriendFinder site, which if successfully exploited could allow an attacker to remotely run malicious code on the web server.

The passwords were stored in in plain text or hashed with SHA1 (not very secure). Revolver denied carrying out the attack, blaming an underground Russian hacking site.

The attack is the second on Friend Finder Networks, as they were hacked last year and had 4 million accounts exposed.

The company had built this database over a 20 year period.

Questions for directors:

As this is not the first time they were breached, can this amount to criminal negligence? Their procedures and policies were flawed and their lack of care and due diligence have now exposed hundreds of millions of accounts.

The people whose accounts were hacked can become the target of phishing or spearphishing attacks, spammers and blackmailers. Can & will the directors be sued?

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