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Hacker who stole 620 million records strikes again, stealing 127 million more

A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from 8 more websites, TechCrunch has learned.

The hacker, whose listing was the previously disclosed data for about $20,000 in bitcoin on a dark web marketplace, stole the data last year from several major sites — some that had already been disclosed, like over 151 million records from MyFitnessPal and 25 million records from Animoto. But several other hacked sites on the marketplace listing didn’t know or hadn’t disclosed yet — such as 500px and Coffee Meets Bagel.

The Register, which first reported the story, said the data included names, email addresses, and scrambled passwords, and in some cases other login and account data — though no financial data was included.

Now the same hacker has eight additional marketplace entries after their original listings were pulled offline, including:

  • 18 million records from travel booking site Ixigo
  • Live video streaming site YouNow had 40 million records stolen
  • Houzz, which recently disclosed a data breach, is listed with 57 million records stolen
  • Ge.tt had 1.8 million accounts stolen
  • 450,000 records from cryptocurrency site Coinmama.
  • Roll20, a gaming site, had 4 million records listed
  • Stronghold Kingdoms, a multiplayer online game, had 5 million records listed
  • 1 million records from pet delivery service Petflow

According to the hacker’s listings, Ixigo and Petflow used the old and outdated MD5 hashing algorithm to scramble passwords, which these days is easy to unscramble. YouNow is said to have not scrambled user passwords at all.

In all, the hacker is selling the hacked data for about $14,500 in bitcoin.

The dark web marketplace listing for Houzz. (Image: TechCrunch)

Ariel Ainhoren, research team leader at Israeli security firm IntSights, said that the hacker may have used the same security flaw to target vulnerable sites.

Six of the 16 databases were running the same back-end PostgreSQL database software, said Ainhoren in an email to TechCrunch. In successfully exploiting the bug, the hacker was able to “dump” the database to a file and download it.

“We’re still analyzing it, but it could have been that he used some kind of vulnerability that surfaced around that time and wasn’t patched by these companies or a totally new unknown vulnerability,” he said. “As most of these sites were not known breaches, it seems we’re dealing here with a hacker that did the hacks by himself, and not just someone who obtained it from somewhere else and now just resold it.”

When reached, Jonathan Katz, a contributor for PostgreSQL, said the open-source project was “currently unaware of any patched or unpatched vulnerabilities that could have caused these breaches.”

“There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when securing a database system that go beyond the database software. We have often found that data breaches into a PostgreSQL database involve an indirect attack attack vector, such as a flaw in an application accessing PostgreSQL or a suboptimal policy around data management,” he said. “When it comes to vulnerabilities, the PostgreSQL community has a dedicated security team that evaluates and fixes issues and, in the spirit of open source collaboration, transparently reports on and educates our users about them.”

None of the other companies immediately returned a request for comment, except YouNow, which said that its “security experts are looking into this situation but we cannot respond until we have more information.”

We’ll have more as we get it.


Source: TechCrunch

Amazon’s NYC educational investments will continue, despite cancellation of New York HQ2

Amazon’s plans to invest in New York area engineering training programs and other local educational initiatives are not being canceled, despite Amazon’s announcement today that it will no longer open one of its HQ2 locations in New York City. The retailer decided to end its plans for the New York headquarters after significant backlash from local politicians and citizens alike who, as Amazon put it, “have made it clear that they oppose our presence.”

The deal Amazon had brokered with New York politicians had included up to $1.5 billion in grants and tax breaks in the state, in exchange for bringing 25,000 new jobs to the NYC area.

But Amazon jobs weren’t all the company was investing in – the company had also recently said it would fund educational programs and training at New York area high schools and colleges.

Specifically, Amazon said it would fund computer science classes in more than 130 New York City area high schools, including both introductory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. The classes would be offered across all five NYC boroughs, including more than 30 schools in Queens – the planned location for the new headquarters.

These classes were to be funded by Amazon’s Future Engineer program, which works to bring computer science courses to over 100,000 underprivileged kids in 2,000 low-income high schools in the U.S.

In addition, Amazon said it was teaming up with area colleges and universities, including LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC), the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) to create a cloud computing certificate program for students across New York.

This program was supported by Amazon’s AWS Educate program.

The Educate program is currently used by more than 1,500 institutions to train students in cloud computing by offering them hands-on experience in AWS technology. The students can then apply for jobs at Amazon and elsewhere, upon completion.

Amazon has not officially commented on how the HQ2 news will impact these programs in New York, but sources familiar with the situation told TechCrunch that both educational programs are continuing – regardless of what’s happened with HQ2.

Though obviously meant to help build a pipeline for the NYC HQ2, the programs’ larger goals are about creating new engineering talent who know how to work with Amazon’s cloud computing platform, AWS.

Though these students will now not have a direct exit to a New York-area HQ2, Amazon still has over 5,000 employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the company said today in its HQ2 announcement – and it plans to grow those teams in the years ahead.

That means it can’t hurt to continue to build the talent pipeline in New York. After all, Amazon could still woo program grads to other East Coast locations, including Northern Virginia and Nashville, as well as to its other 17 offices and hubs across the U.S. and Canada.

 


Source: TechCrunch

Instead of a Wall, Congress Puts Border Money Where It Counts

President Trump has yet to sign the bill. If he doesn’t, another government shutdown looms.
Source: Wired

Amazon Won't Build Its HQ2 in New York City

The company says it will no longer build its highly anticipated office in Queens after the deal faced backlash from politicians, taxpayers, and activists.
Source: Wired

The one thing phone cameras need to improve in 2019 – CNET

Your phone’s video capabilities lag behind its photo abilities. Here’s how they can be fixed.
Source: CNET

India Is Cracking Down on Ecommerce and Free Speech

Following China’s lead, India is restricting some sales by global ecommerce companies, and weakening protections around online free speech.
Source: Wired

Apple will finally tell us why it spent $1B on video (The 3:59, Ep. 521) – CNET

Plus Android app tracking and Google’s US expansion.
Source: CNET

How to use third-party speakers with Google Home Hub – CNET

The Google Home Hub’s built-in speakers aren’t that great. Adding an external speaker is a quick and easy solution.
Source: CNET

Opera web browser targets enhanced accessibility with major redesign

The browser wars are heating up. In the latest move for Opera, a new development release pushes it even closer to Chrome with a redesign and overall goal of redefining the modern web browser. 

The post Opera web browser targets enhanced accessibility with major redesign appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

Researchers at OpenAI decided that a system that scores well at understanding language could too easily be manipulated for malicious intent.
Source: Wired

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