This week's top reported breach incidents, including the report by Hold Security warning that a Russian cyber gang had breached 1.2 billion passwords, all have one thing in common: They leave numerous questions unanswered.
Expect every new warning of cybercrime attacks, online espionage or the malware du jour to be slickly marketed, with the announcements carefully timed. But is this bad for either the information security community or attackers' victims?
A report that a Russian hacker group dubbed "CyberVor" is hoarding more than 1 billion stolen passwords triggered worldwide concern, but security experts caution that scant details have been revealed, making the threat tough to judge.
A Russian cyber gang has breached over 420,000 web and FTP sites to pilfer over 1.2 billion credentials, according to Hold Security, saying it discovered "what could be arguably the largest data breach known to date."
Target Corp.'s net breach expenses not covered by insurance are expected to total $146 million for its most recent three quarters following the company's massive December 2013 data breach that compromised payment card information.
P.F. Chang's China Bistro now says a breach of its card processing system may have resulted in the theft of customer payment card information at 33 of its 210 U.S. locations. Security experts question why so few of the locations were affected.
Among the major data breaches reported during the week of July 28 was an incident at Irish online gambling site Paddy Power that impacted 650,000 customers. View this week's infographic of the top five breaches for the week.