Feb 22 2023

Login Details of Tech Giants Leaked in Two Data Center Hacks

Category: Hacking,Security BreachDISC @ 9:54 am

The leaked data includes email addresses, password hashes, names, phone numbers, and more.

Hackers obtained login credentials for several mainstream corporate giants, including Microsoft, Samsung, Uber and Apple, etc. and gained remote access to the entities’ surveillance cameras after attacking two data centers in Asia.

Two Data Centers Hacked- Login Credentials for Amazon, Apple, and BMW Stolen
A screenshot from the leaked data shows login credentials for Samsung, Amazon, Uber, Alibaba and more. (Credit: Hackread.com)

This was revealed by the cyber security firm Resecurity. The company originally identified the data breach in September 2021; however, details of it were only revealed to the media now as on February 20th, 2023, hackers leaked the stolen login credentials online.

It is worth noting that these credentials were leaked on Breachforums by a threat actor going by the handle of “Minimalman.” For your information, Breachforums is a hacker and cybercrime forum that surfaced as an alternative to the popular and now-seized Raidforums.

According to Resecurity, hackers accessed two of the largest data center operators in Asia that were being used by several mainstream companies and technology giants. From there, the hackers could obtain customer support logins for high-profile companies, including Amazon and Apple, BMW, Microsoft, Alibaba, Walmart, Goldman Sachs, etc.

As seen by Hackread.com on the hacker forum, the threat actors managed to obtain and leak credentials from over 2,000 firms and a Chinese foreign-exchange platform.

The data centers have been identified as Shanghai-based GDS Holdings and Singapore-based ST Telemedia Global. Both data centers reportedly forced all customers to change their passwords in January 2023.

Two Data Centers Hacked- Login Credentials for Amazon, Apple, and BMW Stolen


The dangers of hackers obtaining login credentials of tech giants such as Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung and others are numerous and severe. Firstly, such credentials allow hackers to access sensitive customer data, including payment information and personal details, which can lead to identity theft and financial fraud.

Secondly, hackers can use these credentials to gain access to the company’s networks, potentially compromising intellectual property and trade secrets. Additionally, with access to company accounts, hackers can launch cyber attacks against other organizations, amplifying the damage caused by their actions.

Furthermore, a breach of a tech giant’s login credentials can have far-reaching consequences, impacting not only the company and its customers but the wider economy and society as a whole. For instance, if a company like Amazon were to suffer a significant data breach, it could lead to a loss of consumer trust, which could in turn affect the confidence of investors and the stock market.

Moreover, a successful hack of a tech giant’s credentials could inspire copycat attacks, leading to an escalation in cybercrime and potentially destabilizing the digital infrastructure that underpins much of our daily lives.

To mitigate these risks, tech giants must remain vigilant in their cybersecurity measures, ensuring that their systems are regularly updated and that their employees are trained to detect and prevent security breaches.

Companies must also invest in advanced technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect and respond to cyber threats in real time. Finally, companies must ensure that they comply with industry standards and regulations related to cybersecurity, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to protect the privacy and security of their customers.

How to protect from Data Breach?

There are several steps you can take to protect yourself from a data breach:

  1. Use strong, unique passwords: Use different passwords for each of your accounts and make sure they are strong and difficult to guess. Consider using a password manager to keep track of your passwords.
  2. Enable two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiring you to provide a second form of identification, such as a code sent to your phone, in addition to your password.
  3. Keep your software up to date: Keep your operating system, web browser, and antivirus software up to date to ensure that they have the latest security updates.
  4. Be cautious of suspicious emails: Be wary of emails from unknown senders or emails that contain suspicious links or attachments. These could be phishing emails designed to trick you into giving away your personal information.
  5. Limit your personal information online: Be cautious about sharing personal information online, and only provide it when necessary. Consider using privacy settings on social media to limit who can see your information.
  6. Monitor your accounts: Keep an eye on your accounts for any suspicious activity and report anything out of the ordinary to the appropriate authorities or financial institutions.

By taking these steps, you can help protect yourself from a data breach and minimize the impact if one occurs.

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Jul 21 2011

Information Security Breaches: Avoidance and Treatment based on ISO27001

Category: ISO 27k,Security BreachDISC @ 2:47 pm

Information Security Breaches: Avoidance and Treatment based on ISO27001
If you are running a business, you learn to expect the unexpected. Even if you have taken all the right precautions, your company might still find itself confronted with an information security breach. How would your business cope then?

There are lots of books that will tell you what to do to prevent an information security breach. This book is different. It tells you what you have to do if a security breach occurs.

Security breaches sometimes occur because computers containing sensitive information are not returned to their owners. NATO laptops have been spotted in flea markets, and US government computers were put up for sale on Ebay. Security breaches may also be the result of data theft. A bad apple in your company may be tempted to sell your confidential data to a rival firm.

If something happens, your company needs to be ready to take prompt and decisive action to resolve the issue. This book tells you the plans and procedures you need to put in place to tackle an information security breach should it occur. In particular, the book gives you clear guidance on how to treat an information security breach in accordance with ISO27001.

If a breach occurs, the evidence needs to be secured professionally. You need to know the rules on evidence gathering, and you need to be capable of isolating the suspect laptops right from the start. If you want your company to respond rapidly to an information security breach, you need to make sure that the responsibilities and roles in your company are clearly defined.

Benefits to business include:

Recover faster
An information security breach can have crippling consequences. However, with the right emergency measures in place, you will be able to recover quickly from the incident and resume normal operations.
Preserve customer confidence
An information security breach can result in loss of records and disruption to service. This can do serious damage to your relationship with your customers. It is vital for you to be prepared for an information security breach, so that if it ever happens you can preserve customer confidence.
Assist the investigation
Uncovering the root causes of an information security breach requires detective work. If an information security breach occurs, the investigators will need to be able to identify the problem. You can help them to do that by keeping proper records.
Catch the criminals
In the event of data theft, you will want to be in a position to act promptly and decisively. So you should set up an incident management system. This will mean that in the event of data theft, the police will have a greater chance of getting hold of the incriminating evidence they need to secure a conviction.

As Michael Krausz warns, “It is the prudence of management that decides on a company’s fate once a serious incident occurs, not only the size.”

What others are saying about this book …

‘…I recommend this pocket guide to anyone implementing ISO27001, and indeed to anyone who is concerned about the risks of security breaches, and who wants to know how best to prepare their organization for the unpleasant events that are bound to happen from time to time…’

Willi Kraml, Global Information Security Officer

‘…The author thankfully narrows down some important vocabulary to a practical usage in real life situations. The book gives what it advertises: a quick pocket guide to avoidance and treatment of security breaches with references to ISO27001…’

Sascha-A Beyer, Senior Manager

‘…Michael Krausz has created a valuable tool for both professional as well as less knowledgeable persons in respect to the ISO27001 Standard… Written in plain English, this handbook is easy to follow even by a novice in the Information Technology Field. Therefore “Information Secuirty Breaches” is a must within the ‘tool box’ of anyone who deals with IT issues on an every-day basis…’

Werner Preining, Interpool Security Ltd

‘Michael Krauz did a good job. His pocket guide is small enough to be read in only a few minutes, yet is packed full of valuable information presented in a structured way. The case studies especially help to understand the topic. As former CIO of a large company I can recommend it.’
Christian H Leeb, Holistic Business Development

About the author: Michael Krausz is an IT expert and experienced professional investigator. He has investigated over a hundred cases of information security breaches. Many of these cases have concerned forms of white-collar crime. Michael Krausz studied physics, computer science and law at the University of Technology in Vienna, and at Vienna and Webster universities. He has delivered over 5000 hours of professional and academic training and has provided services in eleven countries to date.

Don’t let your organisation fall victim to a security incident … download your copy today!
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Oct 26 2009

ChoicePoint fined for security breach

Category: Security BreachDISC @ 1:10 pm

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Atlanta Business Chronicle reported on Monday, October 26, 2009 that ChoicePoint Inc. will pay federal regulators $275,000 for a data breach in 2008 that compromised the personal information of 13,750 people and put them at risk of identify theft, the Federal Trade Commission reported.

The company, now owned by Reed Elsevier Inc., also agreed to strengthened data security requirements. ChoicePoint now must report to the FTC every two months for two years detailed information about how it is protecting the breached database and certain other databases and records containing personal information.

The moves settle Federal Trade Commission charges ChoicePoint failed to implement a comprehensive information security program protecting consumers’ sensitive information, as required by a previous court order.

In April 2008, ChoicePoint turned off a key electronic security tool used to monitor access to one of its databases, and for four months failed to detect that the security tool was off, according to the FTC. During that period, an unknown person conducted unauthorized searches of a ChoicePoint database containing sensitive consumer information, including Social Security numbers. The searches continued for 30 days. After discovering the breach, the company brought the matter to the FTC’s attention.

The FTC alleged that if the security software tool had been working, ChoicePoint likely would have detected the intrusions much earlier and minimized the extent of the breach. The FTC also claimed ChoicePoint’s conduct violated a 2006 court order mandating that the company institute a comprehensive information security program reasonably designed to protect consumers’ sensitive personal information.

The FTC’s prior action against ChoicePoint involved a data breach in 2005, which compromised the personal information of more than 163,000 consumers and resulted in at least 800 cases of identity theft. The settlement and resulting 2006 court order in that case required the company to pay $10 million in civil penalties and $5 million in consumer redress.

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Oct 19 2009

Hacks hit embassy, government e-mail accounts worldwide

Category: CybercrimeDISC @ 1:46 pm

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Hacks hit embassy, government e-mail accounts worldwide
By Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson
Computer Sweden
August 30, 2007

Usernames and passwords for more than 100 e-mail accounts at embassies
and governments worldwide have been posted online. Using the
information, anyone can access the accounts that have been compromised.

Computer Sweden has verified the posted information and spoken to the
person who posted them. The posted information includes names of the
embassies and governments, addresses to e-mail servers, usernames and
passwords. Among the organizations on the list are the foreign ministry
of Iran, the Kazakh and Indian embassies in the U.S. and the Russian
embassy in Sweden.

Freelance security consultant Dan Egerstad posted the information. He
spoke openly about the leak when Computer Sweden contacted him.

“I did an experiment and came across the information by accident,” he

Egerstad says he never used the information to log in to any of the
compromised accounts in order not to break any laws.

Computer Sweden confirmed that the login details for at least one of the
accounts is correct. Egerstad forwarded an e-mail sent on Aug. 20 by an
employee at the Swedish royal court to the Russian embassy. The person
who sent the e-mail, in which she declines an invitation to the Russian
embassy, has confirmed that she sent the e-mail.

“Yes, that is right. We did decline the invitation. As far as I can
remember I did send the e-mail,” she said.

Computer Sweden has not been able to confirm the authenticity of any of
the other information that has been posted.

“When something like this happens you usually contact people and ask
them to fix it. But in this case it felt too big for that, calling to
other countries,” Egerstad said.

Of the compromised accounts, 10 belong to the Kazakh embassy in Russia.

Around 40 belong to Uzbeki embassies and consulates around the world.

Login details for e-mail accounts at the U.K. visa office in Nepal were
also posted. Login details for the foreign ministry of Iran, the Kazakh
and Indian embassies in the U.S. and the Russian embassy in Sweden were
also posted.

“I hope this makes them take action. Hopefully, faster than ever before,
and I hope they become a bit more aware of security issues,” Dan
Egerstad says.

Computer Sweden has contacted both the Russian and Indian embassies in
Stockholm for comment. The Russian embassy confirmed the leaks and says
that logins have now been changed. The Indian embassy declined to
confirm the information and give comment.

Computer Sweden has not published where the login details can be found.
The information in this story has been verified by Computer Sweden
without using any of the published login details.

Computer Sweden is an InfoWorld affiliate.

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Apr 02 2009

Cloud computing and security

Category: Cloud computingDISC @ 5:55 pm
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Cloud computing provide common business applications online that run from web browser and is comprised of virtual servers located over the internet. Main concern for security and privacy of user is who has access to their data at various cloud computing locations and what will happen if their data is exposed to an unauthorized user. Perhaps the bigger question is; can end user trust the service provider with their confidential and private data.

“Customers must demand transparency, avoiding vendors that refuse to provide detailed information on security programs. Ask questions related to the qualifications of policy makers, architects, coders and operators; risk-control processes and technical mechanisms; and the level of testing that’s been done to verify that service and control processes are functioning as intended, and that vendors can identify unanticipated vulnerabilities.”

Three categories of cloud computing technologies:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

Cloud computing is offering lots of new services which increase the exposure and add new risk factors. Of course it depends on applications vulnerabilities which end up exposing data and cloud computing service provider transparent policies spelling out responsibilities which will increase end user trust. Cloud computing will eventually be used by criminals to gain their objectives. The transparent policies will help to sort out legal compliance issues and to decide if the responsibility of security breach lies on end user or service provider shoulders.

Complexities of cloud computing will introduce new risks and complexity is the enemy of security. The organizations and end users should be mindful of this security principle before introducing this new variable into their risk equation. As a consumer you need to watch out and research your potential risks before buying this service and consider getting a comprehensive security assessment from a neutral third party before committing to a cloud vendor.

Possible risks involved in cloud computing
Complete data segregation
Complete mediation
Separation of duties
Regulatory compliance (SOX, HIPAA, NIST, PCI)
User Access
Physical Location of data
Availability of data
Recovery of data
Investigative & forensic support
Viability and longevity of the provider
Economy of mechanism

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Oct 13 2008

World Bank security breach and financial crisis

Category: Information Warfare,Security BreachDISC @ 1:56 am

The World Bank controls the World’s banking system, creates plans and strategies to develop economies to protect countries from financial turmoil. This information is a treasure trove of data which can be manipulated for huge monetary or political gain.

Amongst the financial crisis, a major security breach has been reported at World Bank that might tell us a story that protecting consumers’ data during these crisis might not be the first priority for many suffering financial institutions.

World Bank Under Siege in “Unprecedented Crisis

“It is still not known how much information was stolen. But sources inside the bank confirm that servers in the institution’s highly-restricted treasury unit were deeply penetrated with spy software last April. Invaders also had full access to the rest of the bank’s network for nearly a month in June and July.”
“In total, at least six major intrusions — two of them using the same group of IP addresses originating from China have been detected at the World Bank since the summer of 2007, with the most recent breach occurring just last month. ”

The World Bank’s technology and security expert states that the incident is an “unprecedented crisis.” Some security experts are saying that this might be the worst security breach to date at a global financial institution. The hackers controlled around 18 servers for more than a month and World Bank admits that sensitive data could have been stolen but they are not sure about the total impact of the breach.

Alan Calder wrote about “Data protection and financial chaos” and mentioned that “When financial markets appear to be in free fall, many organizations might think that data protection is the least of their worries. Who cares, they might wonder, about protecting personal data if tomorrow we might not exist anymore?”
I concur with Alan on this point, in the midst of this chaos, our personal data might be at great risk and we have to be vigilant and carry the load to protect our data. At the same time, this might become another reason for the financial institutions’ demise if they let their guards down now and do not make a priority to protect customers’ data.

During this turmoil, some financial institutions’ upper management doesn’t have to worry about their responsibility of securing the customers data adequately when they already know that eventually the taxpayers will be paying for their mistakes and their bonus plan will stay intact. Unprecedented crisis are sometimes the result of unprecedented greed.

Glassner “I don’t know that the captain of the Titanic got a bonus for driving the boat into iceberg. They at least had the decency to go down with the ship” [quoted in ‘Wachovia’s Golden Parachutes” story in S.F. Chronicle of 10/10/08 pg. C1].

Bill Gates “I’m quite worried about the fiscal imbalances that we’ve got and what that might mean in terms of financial crisis ahead.”

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