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South Carolina suffers huge Social Security records theft
The state of South Carolina suffered a massive data loss of more than 3.6 million Social Security records, after government servers were breached. With a population of 4.6 million, this breach represented about 78 percent of the state's population. 16,000 credit card details were also stolen without encryption.
The figure also included 670,000 businesses affected by the data breach. It took close to three weeks before the hack came to light after U.S. Secret Service first received information regarding an incident on October 10, 2012.
Barnes & Noble credit card machines breached, card data stolen
Barnes & Noble had 63 stores hit -- including its flagship "world's largest bookstore" in New York City, after hackers stole vast amounts of credit card data from around the United States. The data was stolen from the credit card machines part of the 63 store's cash registers. A public letter said the book giant had disabled its 7,000 keypads in hundreds of its stores, despite only one store being hit in the successful hacking attack.
The hack was kept quiet for more than five weeks for the U.S. Justice Dept. and the FBI to investigate. Barnes & Noble said it was "working with banks, payment card brands and issuers" to identify any accounts that may have been compromised.
November: Hacker leaks VMware ESX kernel source code to the Web
More from Anonymous, as hackers associated with the collective leaked the VMware ESX Server's kernel source code to the Web. The 2MB file (compressed) was small in size but the independently verified source code was out in the open.
Because kernel source code doesn't change much, "some core functionality still stays the same," the hacker said, indicating that users of the bare bones operating system-independent virtualization server could be at risk for future hacks. VMware said in a public statement that "more related files will be posted in the future," as the virtualization giant scrambled to update its platform to ensure its customers are secure.