This post was originally published here by Jacob Serpa.
Here are the top cybersecurity stories of recent weeks:
- Atlas Quantum, cryptocurrency platform, breached
- Security concerns around the 2020 census
- Air Canada’s mobile app breached
- WellCare breach exposes data of 20k children
Well-known cryptocurrency platform Atlas Quantum was recently found to have been breached. 261,000 of the company’s users had their names, account balances, email addresses, and phone numbers exposed. While the company initially declined to disclose the circumstances surrounding the breach, it did state that users’ cryptocurrencies were safe – it was merely information that was stolen.
In the US, the Government Accountability Office has concerns about the cybersecurity of the Census Bureau. The bureau is reported to have thousands of security vulnerabilities – dozens of which are identified as highly risky and dangerous. Naturally, as conducting a census involves collecting data from countless citizens, these security gaps must be filled before the next census in 2020.
Late last month, Air Canada’s mobile app was found to have been breached. While it was only 1% of the application’s 1.7 million users that were affected, it was still 20,000 individuals who had their names, phone numbers, passport numbers, and dates of birth exposed.
In WellCare Health Plans’ recent breach, 20,000 children had their PHI (protected health information) exposed. The information’s security was compromised when WellCare accidentally mailed letters to the wrong addresses. Exposed data included children’s names, ages, and healthcare providers.
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