SendGrid is pushing its employees and customers to change their passwords after the company experienced a massive data breach earlier this year. The update enables two-step authentication for online accounts which will keep hackers from getting into their accounts. The hack gained access to customer email marketing lists, as well as the usernames, email addresses and passwords of SendGrid employees.
Austin, TX-based Seton Family of Hospitals has notified 39,000 people that it was the victim of an email phishing attack that targeted the email accounts of its employees. Hackers were able to break into protected patient health information stored in employee email accounts. The data includes: name, address, gender, date of birth, medical record numbers, insurance information and even some social security numbers.
Switzerland-based Protonmail wants to help email users protect their privacy. The company has launched a service that allows users to send encrypted emails to which they hold the keys. The messages are not held on servers, so all data is totally in the hands of the user who is given the encryption tools to manage their own privacy.
More than 12 percent of nonprofit email marketing messages are landing in the spam folder, according to research from digital firm EveryAction. The 2015 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study analyzed the email lists of 55 nonprofits and found that only one in eight emails is never making it to the inbox, which results in a loss of about $15,000 per year.
Tesco Bank customers are being targeted in a new phishing email which claims to come from the bank. The spam email has the subject line: "Tesco Bank Changes to Interest rate." The message instructs recipients to browse new interest-rates and modifications by opening an attachment. The attachment is used to download malware onto the user's site which collects their online banking information.
Dark web email service SIGAINT has warned its users that hackers tried to break into its servers and access email messages. The attackers also tried to add malicious bits of code that would allow spying on an email user once they left the online anonymity network Tor. The attack shows that even Tor email addresses are not fail proof.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is taking heat on Twitter after revealing the names and email addresses of one million people that shared comments on net neutrality online. The organization had asked for public comments on the issue and shared them all on its website as is the usual practice, but also shared the email addresses, which is not typical. After doing so, the site generated a huge amount of traffic that it was shut down temporarily.
Hackers broke into Tesla Motors Inc.'s Twitter feed and its media-relations email over the weekend. The cyber criminals posted to the company's Twitter account and responded to an email message sent to Tesla's press contact. The fraudulent tweets were removed within an hour.
Russian hackers gained access to some of President Obama's declassified emails last year when they broke into White House computer networks, according to a new report in The New York Times. The story also revealed that hackers were able to get into the email archives of government officials who work in the White House and communicate with the President. The hackers did not get into the highly-classified emails and were unable to access the servers that store data from Obama's Blackberry.
Crystal, a new site, wants to help you cut down on your emailing by answering your emails for you. The app uses public data from around the web, and its own "proprietary personality detection technology," to respond to emails based on your style of writing. You'll no longer have to respond to your boss: "Done. Absolutely. It's taken care of." Crystal can do it for you.