Latest Security Breaches - August 2015

Ashley Madison

Wired, Kim Zetter: For a site that touted itself as the premier cheating site for married people seeking partners for infidelity, Ashley Madison was relatively unknown until hackers broke into its servers and released more than 30 gigabytes of customer and company data this week, propelling it into the spotlight.

The site, owned by Canadian firm Avid Life Media, has been online since 2001 and claims to have about 4 million users, though that figure is almost certainly inflated, considering a former employee’s claim that the company paid her to create false female accounts to attract male customers.

After hackers who call themselves the Impact Team released their first big data dump from Ashley Madison and its parent company on Tuesday, journalists and others have been poring over it, exposing reality TV star Josh Duggar as a confirmed customer, as well as several unidentified government workers who accessed their Ashley Madison accounts from government IP addresses.

Justice Minister confirms Islamic State hack of Australians

Eight Australians, including Defence employees and their family members, a Victorian MP, a former army reservist, and state and federal public servants, had their information published by a group calling themselves the Islamic State Hacking Division

Financial Services

European Central Bank Hacked


Carphone Warehouse hackers may have accessed 2.4m customers' data

Security Vendor - BitDefender

Anti-Virus firm BitDefender admits breach, Hacker claims stolen passwords are unencrypted.