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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities. Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm’s software on its computers. The Israelis are said to have notified the…

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Yahoo 2013 data breach hit 'all three billion accounts'

Yahoo has said that all of its three billion user accounts were affected in a hacking attack dating back to 2013. The company, which was taken over by Verizon earlier this year, said an investigation had shown the breach went much further than originally thought. The stolen data did not include passwords in clear text, payment card or bank account data, it added. Previously the internet giant had said “more than one billion” of its accounts had been hit. Yahoo said that while its latest announcement did not represent a…

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Equifax raises the impact of US data breach

Equifax has revealed 2.5 million more Americans than previously thought may have had information compromised in a huge cyber security breach at the firm. The credit report giant said on Monday about 145.5 million of its US customers might have been affected, up from a previous estimate of 143 million. The update came a day before former boss Richard Smith testifies in Congress about the attack. Mr Smith apologised ahead of the hearing for the firm’s failings. Critics say the company failed to take proper steps to guard information –…

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Equifax boss leaves after data breach

US credit report giant Equifax has announced that its chairman and chief executive, Richard Smith, is stepping down with immediate effect. The move comes as Equifax struggles to rebuild its reputation after it emerged earlier this month that the firm had suffered a massive data breach. Data on up to 143 million Americans may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July. About 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians were also affected. The company said Paulino do Rego Barros, who currently runs the firm’s Asia Pacific division, would…

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Deloitte hit by data breach

Corporate finance giant Deloitte suffered a cyber-attack that compromised confidential data, including the private emails of some of its clients, the company has confirmed. Its system had been accessed via an email platform and “very few” clients had been affected, Deloitte said. The Guardian reported the attack had been discovered in March but could have happened months earlier. Deloitte said it had contacted those whose data had been accessed. It did not confirm exactly how many people had been affected or how much information had been compromised. Deloitte carries out…

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Equifax data breach: Credit rating firm replaces key staff

US credit report giant Equifax has replaced two senior staff after revealing last week it had suffered a massive data breach. Data on up to 143 million Americans, about 400,000 Britons and a number of Canadians may have been stolen by hackers between mid-May and July. The chief information officer and chief security officer have both stood down. Equifax faces dozens of legal claims over the breach, which the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating. Social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driving licence numbers for up to 143 million…

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Equifax says almost 400,000 Britons hit in data breach

Data about British people “may potentially have been accessed” during the data breach at the US credit rating firm Equifax. The UK arm of the organisation said files containing information on “fewer than 400,000” UK consumers was accessed in the breach. Last week, Equifax revealed details of the hack and said data on more than 143 million Americans was taken. The US Federal Trade Commission is investigating how the data was stolen. Information released when details of the breach were disclosed suggest that hackers got at Equifax’s internal systems between…

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