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SBA Reports Data Breach in Disaster Loan Application Website

NEW YORK — Thousands of small business owners reeling from the aggressive measures taken to halt the spread of the coronavirus may have had their personal information exposed last month on a government website that handles disaster loan applications. The …

Identity Theft Stings, but Hard to Pin on Specific Attacks

NEW YORK — Equifax 2017. Marriott 2018. Capital One 2019. Data breaches through hacking attacks are distressingly common these days, and personal details about you can lead to identity theft, such as credit cards and loans in your name. But …

Alleged CapitalOne Hacker Barely Bothered to Hide

SEATTLE — The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking CapitalOne made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it. It’s one of many riddles swirling around Paige Thompson, who goes by the online handle …

Tipster’s Email Led to Arrest in Massive Capital One Breach

Capital One Financial Corp. set up an email address for tipsters — including “white hat” hackers — to alert the company to potential vulnerabilities in its computer systems. On July 17, the company got a hit. “Hello there,” the email …

Capital One Says Breach Hit 100 Million Individuals in U.S.

Capital One Financial Corp. said data from about 100 million people in the U.S. was illegally accessed after prosecutors accused a Seattle woman of breaking into the bank’s server at a cloud-computing company. The woman, Paige A. Thompson, was arrested …

Premera Blue Cross Pays States $10 Million over Data Breach

SEATTLE — Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than 10 million people across …

Watchdog Says FEMA Wrongly Released Survivors’ Personal Information

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The …

Experts: South Carolina Hacking Largest vs. State Tax Agency

Millions of Social Security numbers and business records from tax returns as far back as 1998 were hacked in South Carolina and experts said Wednesday it may be the largest cyber-attack against a state tax department in the nation’s history. …