Personal Cybersecurity #9: Daily news

What you need to know for your personal cyber security life… 

Tenth in a series of semi-regular daily current and topical computer threats that may affect your online, or even offline, digital and real life. Why cybersecurity on SurvivalRing? Because EVERYTHING you do in your life everyday is a part of the cyber world…even your offline plans. So, be aware, and pay attention. The bad guys WILL eventually get around to YOU…personally.

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Clinkle Gets Hacked Before It Even Launches

By Jordan Crook
January 30, 2014

Clinkle is the hottest app around to have done mostly nothing. The stealth payments service, which has raised $30 million from big-name investors, has yet to publicly launch. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be hacked.

Today, a guest user posted a list of 33 usernames, user IDs, profile photos, and phone numbers to PasteBin. Based on the data provided, it seems as though these users are Clinkle employees who are testing the app.

Founder Lucas Duplan is on the list (yep, that’s his Clinkle profile pic, shown above), as well as former Netflix CFO and Clinkle COO Barry McCarthy. Former PayPal exec Mike Liberatore, now Clinkle CFO, is also listed.

The data was seemingly accessed through a private API that Clinkle has in place. Referred to by the hacker as “typeahead”, the API appears to be the basis of an autocomplete tool, allowing uses to type a single letter (like ‘A’) and find all usernames starting with that letter (like ‘Adam’ and ‘Andrew’). [Note: Twitter has a similar tool with the same name — it’s unclear if they’re one and the same.]


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Yahoo resets passwords after email hack

By Jeremy Kirk
IDG News Service
January 30, 2014

Yahoo has been resetting email accounts that were targeted in an attack apparently aimed at collecting personal information from recently sent messages, the company said Thursday.

The list of usernames and passwords used for the attack was likely collected when another company’s database was breached, Jay Rossiter, a Yahoo senior vice president, said in a blog post. He didn’t name the third party or say how many accounts were affected.

“We are working with federal law enforcement to find and prosecute the perpetrators responsible for this attack,” Rossiter wrote.

The hackers used a malicious software program to access Mail accounts with the stolen usernames and passwords, he wrote.


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Target Hackers Tapped Vendor Credentials

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New questions about patient privacy at North Country Hospital


NEWPORT, Vt. – North Country Hospital in Newport received a regulatory citation from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid after two unauthorized employees viewed confidential medical records. It was discovered last fall that the hospital was not conducting proper surveillance when CMS made an unannounced visit.

“Medical information from two patients’ records was accessed by two people without, who did have the need to know, they were not involved in the individual’s direct care,” said Fran Keeler of the Vt. Division of Licensing and Protection.

Newport residents say this breach raises concerns about patient privacy.

“You have to know your records are safe. People shouldn’t be looking at records that they’re not entitled to look at,” said Brandie Barton of Newport.


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Updated: February 4, 2014 — 12:58 am

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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