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April 2017: The month in hacks and breaches

May 02, 20171 min
IT SkillsSecurity

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.

More than 500,000 Australian websites went dark on April 13 thanks to a DDoS attack, and the month ended with a hacker stealing an entire unreleased season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black show.  Scroll down to see a timeline of all of last month’s hacks and breaches, compiled by application security provider Checkmarx.

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