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Top Story: 43 million accounts stolen from popular web-building site

By Mark Jones,

Amateur web-builders have turned to this site for the past 10 years, using its simple drag-and-drop features to build eye-pleasing websites. But when hackers broke into the site’s system, they stole away with essential data from 43 million accounts. This begs the question: What data did they actually steal? And how much will it affect users?

Click here to learn the details of the digital heist:


Cyberattack shuts down Twitter, Amazon and other major sites

Cyberattack shuts down Twitter, Amazon and other major sites
By Komando Staff,

On Friday, October 21, a massive cyberattack against areas of the United States began around 7 a.m. EST, initially affecting the northeast and other areas along the eastern coast. The attack was primarily aimed at Dyn, an internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire. The first attack was resolved in two hours.

However, a second attack began just before noon EST and was not resolved until around 6 p.m. EST. These attacks severely disrupted the availability of popular websites across the entire United States including Amazon, Netflix, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, Spotify, Comcast, PayPal, Pinterest, Tumblr, and others.

Service has been restored, but the Department of Homeland Security is now working to identify those behind the attack. The FBI is also involved. All we know so far is that North Korea has been ruled out as a suspect. There is also speculation that the Russians may be behind this attack, but this is primarily due to the recent hack on the servers of the Democratic National Committee earlier this year.



Fails up to 90 Percent of the Time, yet Nearly Every Doctor Urges You to Get It

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness in Question
October 11, 2016

Story at-a-glance

  • Mounting research suggests getting an annual flu shot may be ill advised for long-term health, and doesn’t actually work in the first place
  • An analysis of influenza vaccine effectiveness reveals that, between 2005 and 2015, the flu vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half of the time
  • Recent studies show that, with each successive annual flu vaccination, the protection afforded by the vaccine appears to diminish. It may also increase your risk of contracting more serious influenza infections


Uh oh, Yahoo! Data Breach May Have Hit Over 1 Billion Users

Friday, September 30, 2016 – Swati Khandelwal

The massive data breach that Yahoo! confirmed to the world last week is claimed by the company to have been carried out by a “state-sponsored actor” in 2014, which exposed the accounts of at least 500 Million Yahoo users.

But, now it seems that Yahoo has downplayed a mega data breach and trying to hide it’s own security blunder.

Recently the information security firm InfoArmor that analyzed the data breach refuted the Yahoo’s claim, stating that the data breach was the work of seasoned cyber criminals who later sold the compromised Yahoo accounts to an Eastern European nation-state.

Over 1 Billion Accounts May Have Been Hacked

Now, there’s one more twist in the unprecedented data heist.

A recent advancement in the report indicates that the number of affected Yahoo accounts may be between 1 Billion and 3 Billion.

An unnamed, former Yahoo executive who is familiar with the company’s security says that the Yahoo’s back-end system’s architecture is designed in such a way that all of its products use one main user database (UDB) to authenticate users, Business Insider reported Friday.

So all usernames and passwords that users enter to log into services like Yahoo Mail, Sports or Finance goes to this one central database to ensure they are valid, allowing them access.

This central database is what got compromised, and therefore, it’s quite difficult to believe that the hackers who compromised the whole database walk away with just a small bunch of “the core crown jewels of Yahoo customer credentials.”

Whoever carried out the hack not only stole usernames and email addresses of affected users but also pilfered other personal information, including their dates of birth, phone numbers, hashed passwords, and unencrypted security answers.



Top Story: Don’t have a Yahoo Mail account? Your data could still be leaked

By Francis Navarro, – September 26, 2016


The biggest news last week was the confirmation by Yahoo of a massive breach of their customers’ data, exposing over 500 million Yahoo accounts.

Information stolen may include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birthdays, hashed passwords and even encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

Yahoo is claiming that a “state-sponsored actor” is behind the attack, which means a foreign government could be responsible for the data breach. This hack may also have serious implications on the Verizon-Yahoo merger deal that was announced earlier this year.

As we advised you, you should check your other accounts as well. Even if you don’t have a Yahoo account that you know of, you may still be affected by the hack if you use any of these Yahoo-owned services:

  • Tumblr, a blogging service
  • Flickr, a photo sharing site
  • Play Fantasy Football via Yahoo Sports
  • Use your Yahoo account to accessYahoo-branded services like Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Shopping, Yahoo Music, etc.
  • Your smart TV uses Yahoo Smart TV services (usually associated with the Vizio brand)

If you have any of these accounts, please review your credentials as soon as possible and secure your account by changing your passwords.