Breach Guide

Learn the steps to take in the event of a data breach and stay current on the cyber threat landscape with the FTC’s Data Breach Resources, FBI’s Daily Digest Library and San Diego’s Cyber Incident Response Guide.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Data Breach Resources

Find out the steps to take as a business or consumer if you experience a data breach.


FBI Cyber Daily Digest Library

Stay current on the global threat landscape with the FBI’s daily circulation of published data breaches and articles.

  • LifeLabs Data Breach Exposes Personal Info of 15 Million Customers
    • Canadian clinical laboratory services provider LifeLabs has announced a data breach that exposed the personal information for up to 15 million Canadians after an unauthorized user gained access to their systems.
    • The data breach notification goes on to say that the personal data for up to 15 million customers was accessed by an unauthorized user. This information includes customer names, addresses, emails, logins, passwords, date of birth, and health card numbers.

      Bleeping Computer - Lawrence Abrams | December 17, 2019
  • Biggest data breaches of 2019: Same mistakes, different year
    • We never want to hear the words "unsecured database" ever again.
    • The words "unsecured database" seemed to run on repeat through security journalism in 2019. Every month, another company was asking its customers to change their passwords and report any damage.

      c|net - Rae Hodge | December 17, 2019
  • Microsoft: Cyberattacks now the top risk, say businesses

    Source: ZDNet
    By: Liam Tung
    Published: September 19, 2019

    * Cyberattacks are now considered by most execs to be the top business concern, far outranking economic uncertainty, brand damage, and regulation.
    * The global survey of over 1,500 business leaders illustrates the rapid change in business leaders' perceived risks to their organizations and shows that having a cyber insurance policy is now more common than two years ago.

  • Every Ecuadorian has been compromised in massive data breach

    Source: HackRead
    By: Sudais
    Published: September 18, 2019

    * Data of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks was also found in this breach who lived in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 til April this year after being granted asylum initially.
    * The breach of an Ecuadorian data analytics firm named Novaestrat has resulted in the leakage of the personal information of over 20 million people - inclusive of 7 million children - due to an insecure server.

  • New Jersey Data Breach Notification Law

    Source: Security Boulevard
    By: Enzoic
    Published: September 18, 2019

    * New Jersey's Data Breach Notification Law Went Into Effect on Sept 1 to Include Account Takeover PII Data.
    * As of Sept 1st, 2019, businesses based in New Jersey are now required to notify impacted users of online account information exposed in a data breach.

  • Iranian hackers resume credential-stealing phishing attacks against universities around the world

    Source: ZDNet
    By: Danny Palmer
    Published: September 11, 2019

    * Over 60 universities in the US, the UK, Australia and more have been targeted by the Colbalt Dickens hacking group in attacks attempting to steal research and intellectual property.
    * Dubbed Colbalt Dickens, the campaign was initially detailed in August last year, with researchers at Secureworks blaming cyberattacks targeting universities in 14 countries on a hacking group linked to the Iranian government.
    * The purpose of the attacks is to steal intellectual property, which can either be exploited or sold on for profit.

  • Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago on 9/11

    Source: NY Times
    By: James Barron
    Published: September 11, 2019

    * Once more, families gathered at ground zero, where nearly 3,000 people died on that bright September morning. Once more, there was an outpouring of grief. Once more, there was the sound of a bell tolling in mourning. And there was the rhythm of names being recited.
    * At 8:46 a.m. on Wednesday, the time when the first plane slammed into the north tower, there was a moment of silence, the first of six marking the strikes at the trade center and the Pentagon, and the plane crash in Shanksville, Pa., as well as the collapse of the twin towers in a blizzard of toxic dust and flaming debris. Bagpipers played "America the Beautiful."

  • Email hack sends strange message to students

    Source: Marquette Wire
    By: Natallie St. Onge
    Published: September 10, 2019

    * Marquette students were puzzled Tuesday afternoon when a new message appeared in their inboxes.
    * The sender was another Marquette student, claiming their aunt recently moved to the area. The aunt was offering $350 weekly for students interested in pet sitting her dogs.

  • Data Is the New Copper

    Source: Dark Reading
    By: Shuman Ghosemajumder
    Published: September 10, 2019

    * Data breaches fuel a complex cybercriminal ecosystem, similar to copper thefts after the financial crisis.
    * After the mortgage crisis, as buildings were left abandoned, thieves stole copper wiring and piping. The copper could then be sold for $3 a pound to buyers willing to not ask questions about where it came from.

  • Risks of being unprepared for a cyber attack

    By: Kayley Worsley
    Published: September 10, 2019

    * Experts in cyber security across have highlighted the potential risks a data breach caused by a cyber attack to a business, including costly business down time, fines from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and reputational damage.
    * "It is not whether you suffer a data breach, but when you do. Then, how will it be reported in the tabloid or industry press? How will you be able to reassure your customers, clients, supply chain? Can you retain trust that you are a company that can keep personal data safe, who will do the right thing?"

San Diego Cyber Incident Response Guide

Learn more about San Diego’s region-wide cyber incident response guide and available local, state and federal resources.

San Diego Cyber Incident Response Guide October 2017