Data Security News Headlines 14th October, 2016

  1. Evony Gaming Company Website Hacked; 33M Gamer Accounts Stolen

In June 2016, the official website of Evony gaming company suffered a massive data breach in which 33,407,472 of its registered user accounts were stolen. Things couldn’t go worse when in August 2016, the gaming site suffered another data breach on its forum in which 938,000 of its registered accounts were stolen. Now, the data breach notification website Leaked Source has discovered the stolen Evony data that includes usernames, email addresses, unsalted MD5 and SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1) passwords and IP addresses of 33 million gamers. Evony also lets users sign in with Facebook Connect, a single sign-on application which allows users to interact with other websites through their Facebook account.

Cyber Security Tips:  Most of the data breaches occurring due to use of same user id and password for different accounts, avoid to use same passwords for different account, do not use simple passwords.

  1. Vera Bradley Payment System Breached; Customers Data Stolen

Vera Bradley Inc., a famous handbag manufacturer has suffered a data breach after hackers gained access to the customer data from the company’s payment processing systems. The data accessed includes cardholder names, card numbers, card expiry dates and internal verification codes. The data was stored between 25th July and 23rd September using a malware. Findings from the investigation show unauthorised access to Vera Bradley’s payment processing system and the installation of a program that looked for payment card data, this program specifically designed to track data.

Cyber Security Tips:  If are customer of Vera Bradley Inc. then you need to check your bank statement, change your bank password, use strong password for it.

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