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Old 2017-07-29, 03:23   Link #1
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Information Leaks

"Sweden's government is in crisis after a government agency accidentally leaked the
entire country's personal details database by offshoring its storage without adequate
safeguards. Two ministers have been fired and the entire government may fall."

"Spectacular as it is, the Swedish disaster is just the latest in a seemingly unending
series of similar catastrophes of which the OPM records loss , Snowden defection, State
Dept secret cable loss, NSA toolkit theft are but a few well known examples. The
casualties flash past like milestones in a blur. Britain's NHS lost 100,000 patient records
the other day. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lost his job today due to
"documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm" proving he was corrupt. In an age
where the media use unnamed sources to launder leaks and section 702 of the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act is allegedly used for political surveillance no one's secrets
are safe. We appear to have entered the age of digital nakedness and not even
politicians are immune."

"It's entirely possible that, despite their show of outward confidence no one fully
understands the changes we've unleashed, least of all politicians nurtured in
bureaucracy. The death of privacy appears to be an externality of the information age
just as pollution was the unintended consequence of the industrial revolution. Nobody
knows how much it will cost and the elite doesn't know how to deal with it."

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Old 2017-09-09, 20:31   Link #2
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Your social security number probably got leaked and that’s very, very bad:

"The Equifax hack exposed more than 100 million people to the worst kind of identity

Corporate hacks and data breaches happen pretty frequently. Target accidentally gave
up our credit card info, then some jerks swiped our email data from Yahoo!. The recent
data breach from credit bureau Equifax, however, is different. The scope is staggering,
involving over 100 million people. Even more troubling is the fact that social security
numbers are included in the leaked data. You can change your email password and get a
new credit card, but changing your SSN is a painstaking and often expensive process
that can ripple through your entire life."

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Old 2017-09-10, 05:47   Link #3
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Freeze Your Credit
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Old 2017-11-06, 02:13   Link #4
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Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the
world elite's hidden wealth:

"The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics,
entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are
being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain’s offshore empires.

The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in
which tax abuses can thrive – and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the
wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth."

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Old 2017-11-06, 17:28   Link #5
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The Panama Papers journalist was killed in a car bomb assassination.

The ones involved in this one should be careful
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Old 2017-11-12, 16:24   Link #6
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Paradise Papers Reveal Dragon Ball Creator Akira
Toriyama's Offshore Investment:

"As part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' (ICIJ) investigation
into the Paradise Papers, the organization found information last week on Dragon Ball
manga creator Akira Toriyama's offshore investments.

The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on November 5 that Toriyama was one of 12
Japanese people who invested in a U.S. real estate company in 2000. The company's
accounting methods "were later found to be noncompliant with federal regulations."

According to Asahi Shimbun's report based on litigation documents, the company used
loans and capital to purchase used apartments. Investors then declared a smaller
income by adding the property depreciation deficits and other deficits together with the
main company's profits. Kyodo reported that in 2005, tax authorities informed the
investors that they would need to pay additional taxes."

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Old 2018-01-05, 03:12   Link #7
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India's National ID Database With Private Information Of
Nearly 1.2 Billion People Was Reportedly Breached:

"In 2010 India started scanning personal details like names, addresses, dates of birth,
mobile numbers, and more, along with all 10 fingerprints and iris scans of its 1.3 billion
citizens, into a centralized government database called Aadhaar to create a voluntary
identity system. On Wednesday this database was reportedly breached.

The Tribune, a local Indian newspaper, published a report claiming its reporters paid Rs.
500 (approximately $8) to a person who said his name was Anil Kumar, and who they
contacted through WhatsApp. Kumar was able to create a username and password that
gave them access to the demographic information of nearly 1.2 billion Indians who have
currently enrolled in Aadhaar, simply by entering a person’s unique 12-digit Aadhaar
number. Regional officers working with the Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI), the government agency responsible for Aadhaar, told the Tribune the access
was “illegal,” and a “major national security breach.”"

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Old 2018-02-11, 18:14   Link #8
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Equifax says more private data was stolen in 2017
breach than first revealed:

"Hackers stole more data from Equifax in a breach last year than initially thought.

In September, the Atlanta, GA-based credit giant revealed a huge data breach, including
names, social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, and in some cases
driver's license numbers. It was later confirmed over 145 million were affected, primarily
Americans, but also some Canadians and British citizens.

The hack became the largest single data breach reported in 2017.

But documents seen by members of the Senate Banking Committee suggest the types of
data stolen were wider than the company first reported."

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Old 2018-02-11, 18:34   Link #9
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This one shouldn't be a surprise. We probably would have known sooner had the government properly responded to it. The fact that this hasn't sunk the company is mind boggling.
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Old 2018-06-27, 23:40   Link #10
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Personal Information of 340 Million People and
Businesses Leaked By Florida Marketing Firm:

"A little-known, Florida-based marketing firm called Exactis may be responsible for a
significant amount of personal data being exposed. According to a report from Wired,
the firm left 340 million individual records on a publicly accessible server that any
person could have gotten ahold of.

The leak was discovered earlier this month by security researcher Vinny Troia, founder of
the New York-based security firm Night Lion Security. He reported his find to the FBI and
Exactis earlier this week, and while the company has since protected the data, it’s
unclear just how long it sat exposed.

So just how bad is the leak? It’s pretty bad! The data stored on the server amounts to
about two terabytes worth of personal information."

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