Data Breach at the Post Office: USPS Informed Delivery Service Database Exposes Data of 60million Users

Data Breach at the Post Office: USPS Informed Delivery Service Database Exposes Data of 60million Users

Last year (in fact almost a year ago exactly) we told you about the U.S. Post Office’s new ‘Informed Delivery’ service. For those of you not familiar with the USPS Informed Delivery service, well, count your blessings. Because the postal service has experienced a serious breach, making the personal information of all 60 million plus Informed Delivery vulnerable.

Amazon Tells Customers “We inadvertently disclosed your name and email address” but Nothing More

Amazon Tells Customers “We inadvertently disclosed your name and email address” but Nothing More

Countless Amazon customers woke up this morning to an email from Amazon telling them that “our website inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.” And, in fact, that’s just about all the email said, other than “the issue has been fixed” and that there is no need for the customer to take any action.

What YOU Need to do RIGHT NOW Because of the Equifax Data Breach in Order to Protect Yourself

What YOU Need to do RIGHT NOW Because of the Equifax Data Breach in Order to Protect Yourself

Last week we started hearing about the Equifax data breach, although Equifax had actually known about the data breach at least a month earlier. (The full text of the Equifax statement about the cybersecurity data breach is reprinted below.) The most stunning thing about this breach is the breadth of it: the Personally Identifiable Information (PII), including names, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers of 143 million U.S. citizens were exposed in this breach. Here is what you need to do, right now, to protect yourself.

LinkedIn Password Breach Requires that You Change Your Password – NOW!

LinkedIn Password Breach Requires that You Change Your Password – NOW!

Here’s the skinny: LinkedIn experienced a password breach today – 6.5 million passwords were leaked. Now, according to reports, LinkedIn has 160 million users, so that’s not even 5% of the total number of LinkedIn passwords that could have been compromised, but its certainly enough that you should go to LinkedIn right now and change your password. Here’s how.

List of Companies Affected by the Epsilon Data Breach

List of Companies Affected by the Epsilon Data Breach

If you received a notice from one or another company with whom you do business or have done business in the past, saying that your email address has been compromised due to a data security breach at email service provider (ESP) Epsilon (due to their customers’ email lists being hacked and stolen), you’re not alone. Oh, you are so not alone. Banks, large merchants, and others, have all had their entire list of customers’ email addresses swiped and leaked due to the Epsilon data breach. Chase Bank, Citi Bank, Best Buy, Krogers – even Disney, have all been affected – as have their customers. Of course, lots of people receiving these notices will assume that they are phishing attempts (and there will undoubtedly be phishing attempts riding on the coat tails of this fiasco). Here is the complete list as we know it today – if you have received a notice saying that your email address has been compromised, please add the name of the company involved to the list here.

Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Gawker and other Gawker Media User Accounts Compromised in Security Breach

Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Gawker and other Gawker Media User Accounts Compromised in Security Breach

If you have ever had an account – even just to leave comments to articles and posts – on Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Kotaku, Deadspin, Fleshbot or Jalopnik, then you are in for a nasty surprise. Odds are good that your account has been compromised, and your user name and password posted on the Internet, as the result of security breach of Gawker Media’s servers that happened over the weekend. Gawker media does get points for alerting all of their users as soon as they discovered the breach (about 10 minutes ago as of the time of this posting on 6:20 p.m. PST on Monday, December 13th, 2010).