April 2017: The month in hacks and breaches

Hacked emergency alarms, DDoS attack down under, extortion, and garden variety data losses and privacy breaches mark the month of April.

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April may not have been the busiest month for security breaches, but what it lacks in volume it made up for in variety. The month began loudly when a hacker set off all of Dallas’s 156 emergency tornado alarms for 90 minutes in the wee hours of the morning on the seventh.

Then on April 10, London-based Wonga Group revealed that as many as a quarter-million bank accounts may have been compromised. They weren’t alone. On the seventeenth, InterContinental reported that customer data may have been taken at more than 1,000 of its hotels.

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