The Latest in IT Security

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When a Kansas Department of Commerce data system was breached back in March, a hacker accessed more than 5,561,803 Social Security Numbers from 10 states as well as PII from another 805,664 user accounts without SSNs. In total, that means 6,367,467 users’ information was exposed to the hacker.

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A UK business would have to spend £1.1m on average to recover from a breach – more than the global average of £1m. An NTT Security study of 1,350 non-IT business decision makers across 11 countries, 200 of which are from the UK, also reveals that respondents anticipate it would take, on average, almost three months (80 days) to recover from an attack.

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Some companies just make it far too easy for criminals to scoop up their data. Take WWE, for instance. The professional wrestling entertainment company has just been caught with its spandex leotard down, after a security researcher discovered a plaintext database containing the details of more than three million wrestling fans on an unprotected Amazon Web Services S3 server.

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For the second time in the past year the Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos franchise is encouraging guests to keep tabs on their bank account statements for suspicious activity. The hotel, resort, and casino chain on Thursday said it was alerted on June 6 that its systems were impacted by a security incident involving Sabre Hospitality Solutions (SHS) SynXis, an inventory management SaaS application.

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