Yahoo Admits Half a Billion Users’ Info Hacked

Yahoo has confirmed that a ‘likely state sponsored’ 2014 breach exposed data from about 500 million users.  The company has stated that information possibly affected includes names, email addresses, birth dates and scrambled passwords.  Even more alarming is the acknowledgment that encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers may have also been compromised, which could allow hackers to access victims’ other online accounts.

Anonymous Threatens Bank DDoS Disruptions

The hacktivist group is waging a “a 30-day campaign against central bank sites across the world,” according to a new video posted on the group’s YouTube page.  The Target List includes the U.S. Federal Reserve, as well as Fed banks in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond and St. Louis.

E*Trade, Dow Jones Issue Breach Alerts

E*Trade and Dow Jones have issued separate warnings to customers and subscribers about possibly compromised personal information, including payment card data.  E*Trade has alerted about 31,000 customers about the compromise of personal data in late 2013, while Dow Jones issued a warning of a possible breach from August 2012 until July 2015 that it claims affected less than 3,500 individuals.