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S. Korean financial firms vulnerable to security breaches: regulator

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- Some South Korean financial firms may be vulnerable to security breaches because they use an open source operating protocol that can expose customers' passwords and encryption keys, local regulators said Wednesday. The Financial Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), which assesses the security systems of local firms, said it found weaknesses in 12 of the 142 financial institutions assessed. Of the 12, 10 reported taking steps to rectify the problem, with two vowing to fix the weakness within the week.

German authorities investigate suspected theft of passwords for 18 million email addresses

BERLIN - German authorities are investigating the suspected theft of passwords for some 18 million email addresses. Interior Ministry spokesman Harald Neymanns said Friday an analysis by Germany's Internet security agency determined that about 3 million of the affected addresses were German. It's not clear where the others were from.

German authorities investigate suspected theft of passwords for 18 million email addresses

BERLIN - German authorities are investigating the suspected theft of passwords for some 18 million email addresses. Interior Ministry spokesman Harald Neymanns said Friday an analysis by Germany's Internet security agency determined that about 3 million of the affected addresses were German. It's not clear where the others were from.

Bell Canada still looking into information hack of some small business clients

MONTREAL - Bell Canada (TSX:BCE) says has it contacted all of it small business customers whose email accounts were compromised by hackers. Bell spokesman Paolo Pasquini said Monday that, as a precaution, the company is also contacting all other small business customers who receive similar services from Bell. "We disabled all passwords when we learned of the breach and contacted credit card issuers, law enforcement and government security officials," Pasquini said in an email. "We're still continuing the investigation with those authorities and our supplier," he said.

Bell small business customer information breached in hacking attack

TORONTO - Bell Canada says 22,400 of its small business customers have had their account information compromised by hackers. Bell says in a release the breach of usernames and passwords occurred when an Ottawa-based third-party supplier had its systems hacked. It says the information was posted to the Internet this weekend. A hacking group calling itself Nullcrew is claiming credit for the attack, and tweeted a link to the data early Saturday. Bell says five valid credit card numbers were included in the information dump.

German authorities detect theft of 16 mn identities on Internet

Berlin, Jan 21 (EFE).- Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, on Tuesday issued an alert to Internet users regarding the possible theft of 16 million identities and email access passwords. BSI activated an Internet link so that users can verify if they are among those affected by the possible huge data theft and where they must provide the e-mail address they want to check. If a person is among those affected, he or she will receive an e-mail from BSI with a series of instructions to follow to repair the damage.

German authorities detect theft of 16 mn identities on Internet

Berlin, Jan 21 (EFE).- Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, on Tuesday issued an alert to Internet users regarding the possible theft of 16 million identities and email access passwords. BSI activated an Internet link so that users can verify if they are among those affected by the possible huge data theft and where they must provide the e-mail address they want to check. If a person is among those affected, he or she will receive an e-mail from BSI with a series of instructions to follow to repair the damage.

Snapchat to issue more secure app after hacking exposes millions of user phone numbers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users. The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday that the updated version of its app would allow users to opt out of its "Find Friends" feature, which was apparently at the heart of the breach, and would stem future attempts to abuse its service.

Hacker steals data of 2 million Vodafone Germany clients

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A hacker has stolen the names, addresses and bank account numbers of about 2 million Vodafone Germany customers who should beware that criminals may now try to elicit other information such as passwords, the company said. The mobile phone operator, which has around 32 million clients in Germany said on Thursday that the hacker, who had gained access to one of its servers, had not obtained any passwords, security numbers or connection data.

Hacker steals data of two million Vodafone Germany clients

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A hacker has stolen the names, addresses and bank account numbers of about 2 million Vodafone Germany customers who should beware that criminals may now try to elicit other information such as passwords, the company said. The mobile phone operator, which has around 32 million clients in Germany said on Thursday that the hacker, who had gained access to one of its servers, had not obtained any passwords, security numbers or connection data.
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