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ICFE eNEWS #19-06 - February 19th 2019

Recent Data Breach Summaries

Ascension (Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Capital One, and more)
Date of Incident: January 2019
Date Made Public: January 23, 2019
Records Affected: 24 Million
Data Compromised: For two weeks, more than 24 million financial and banking documents were exposed in an unprotected database. The exposure was traced to Ascension, a data and analytics company for the financial industry. The compromised data appears to be a decadeís worth of files Ascension converted from paper to electronic documents for clients including Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Capital One, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The documents contained highly sensitive personal data including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and other details that could provide insight into a personís finances. Ascension will be notifying law enforcement and impacted consumers.
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Online Gaming (kahunacasino.com, azur-casino.com, easybet.com, viproomcasion.net, and more) 
Date of Incident: Unknown
Date Made Public: January 21, 2019
Records Affected: 108 Million
Data Compromised: An online casino group exposed data on 108 million bets including customersí deposits and withdrawals with partially redacted payment card details. Additionally, some of the data contained personal information such as real names, site usernames, home and email addresses, dates of birth, account balances, IP addresses, last login information, and list of played games. At this time, it is unknown how long the data was exposed, if it was accessed by anyone outside of the security researcher who discovered it, and if impacted customers will be notified that their data was left unprotected online.
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Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Date of Incident: April 2018 
Date Made Public: January 23, 2019
Records Affected: 500,000 Ė 700,000 
Data Compromised: In June 2018, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) reported a computer breach resulting from a Trojan virus. The original report noted that the breach impacted 501 individuals. A further investigation revealed that the incident may actually have compromised the information of 500,000-700,000 people who interacted with the Division of Public Assistance in Alaskaís Northern region. The infected computer contained documents with information on pregnancy status, incarceration status, Medicaid/Medicare billing codes, criminal justice, health billing, Social Security numbers, driverís license numbers, names, dates of birth, and phone numbers. Impacted program participants are being notified.
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Apple's Group FaceTime 
Date of Incident: October 2018 - February 2019
Date Made Public: January 28, 2019
Records Affected: Unknown
Data Compromised: Apple has disabled Group FaceTime after reports that it can be used to eavesdrop on iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. The bug allows Group FaceTime users to hear audio from another device before the recipient answers the call and without the recipient's knowledge. Apple announced in a statement that it has fixed the vulnerability on its own servers and plans to release a software update to re-enable Group FaceTime. The director of the U.S. National Security Agency recommends that iPhone users disable FaceTime altogether until Apple releases the patch.
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Discover Financial Services
Date of Incident: August 13, 2018
Date Made Public: January 28, 2019
Records Affected: Unknown
Data Compromised: Discover Financial Services reported that an undisclosed number of card accounts might have been part of a data breach. The company provided no information on the number of customers impacted or what information may have been exposed. It reported the incident to comply with a California law that requires security notices in the event of a data breach or a cybersecurity incident involving California residents. Discover says that the breach did not involve Discover card systems, which is leading to speculation that card information was stolen from a merchant or third party who had customer card data stored on their systems, or that Discover card data was found exposed on the black market. Discover is issuing new cards for customers who may have had their card information compromised as a result of the incident.
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Date of Incident: December 2018
Date Made Public: January 31, 2019
Records Affected: Unknown
Data Compromised: According to Houzz, a home improvement website, a file containing some of its user data was obtained by an unauthorized third party. Potentially exposed information includes publicly visible information on Houzz user profiles including names, locations, and personal descriptions; internal identifiers that Houzz uses to classify its users; and encrypted passwords, IP addresses, and ZIP codes. Houzz says that Social Security numbers and payment information were not compromised. The company informed affected users of the breach via email, encouraging them to change their passwords as a precautionary measure.
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