April showers bring… hacks and breaches? Our list of April cyber-events begins with Dallas residents getting quite the fright as a hacker triggered the city’s emergency sirens. In early April, users of Wonga, a payday loan firm, were alerted about a data breach. The breach is said to affect 245,000 accounts in the UK and an additional 25,000 accounts in Poland. The stolen information includes full names, email addresses, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit cards.
On the 13th of April, Australia was hit by a targeted DDoS attack affecting over 500,000 Australian websites. The affected sites were inaccessible for about 90 minutes after Melbourne’s IT domain name system servers NetRegistery and TTP Wholesale got hit by the cyber attack.
Closer to the end of the month, it was found that Atlassian’s HipChat was hacked. User data and private messages were compromised. HipChat did not say how many users may have been affected, but they are taking several protective measures to secure users and to prevent this from happening in the future.
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