Subject: SCN Daily News (HTML) Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Date: 12/06/2019, 11:24

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Feds say Photos of Travellers Compromised in Data Breach

US Customs and Border Protection announced Monday photos of travellers and license plates were recently compromised in a data breach.

In a statement, CBP said it learned on May 31 that a subcontractor "had transferred copies of license plate images and traveller images collected by CBP to the subcontractor's company network. The subcontractor's network was subsequently compromised by a malicious cyber-attack."

Link: CNN

TalkTalk Hacker who Blackmailed Six Top Execs in GBP 77Million Cyber Attack is Jailed

A student who took part in a massive GBP 77million hack on mobile network TalkTalk has been jailed for four years.

A court previously heard was motivated out of 'spite or revenge' after he was turned down from a college computer course.

He turned to "black hat" hacking when he failed to get the necessary GCSE grades. The disgruntled student joined a group of cyber criminals who carried out the data breach in October 2015.

Link: Mirror

Visa to Develop Blockchain Solution for Cross Border Transactions

Visa recently announced it will be entering the $125 trillion market of cross-border business-to-business transactions with blockchain technology. Its B2B Connect product stores information on a distributed ledger to cut costs and boost efficiency of cross-border payments, according to a company press release. The company plans to launch its product across as many as 90 markets by the end of 2019.

Link: Mobile Payments Today

Bitcoins Stolen from Bitfinex and Dormant Since 2016 Start to Move

160 Bitcoins stolen in a massive hack on the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange in 2016 started moving across the blockchain late last week after being dormant for more than 2 years, Hard Fork reports.

Link: Crowdfund Insider

This is How Scammers are Now Abusing Google Calendar to Pillage your Data

Calendar-based attacks and scams have been floating around the Internet for years, but it was only in 2016 when such schemes began to impact users in vast numbers. Apple device users began receiving notifications on their Calendar app, made possible through unprotected sharing mechanisms.

In one case noted by ZDNet, an advert for 'Ray-Bans' popped up and those that fell victim for the invite ended up having their credit card details stolen.

Link: ZDNet

How to Hack an IoT Device

An E&T investigation: Despite today's seemingly infinite number of internet-connected IOT devices, we are probably still a long way off from reaching the ceiling. Experts anticipate the number of global M2M connections to surge further to 14.6 billion connections by 2022, growing at a pace of 19 per cent a year. With this explosion, however, comes a dark side, one unimaginably tempting to hackers. Little gadgets, however helpful to our daily lives they may be, already are - and will further be in the future - the villains' weapon of choice.

Link: E&T TheIET

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