Consumers experienced a wide range of data privacy and security threats in the third quarter of 2014 as hackers successfully conducted large-scale attacks against financial services and retail companies as well as consumers' personal online accounts and identities.
The attackers that stole payment card information from consumers of Texas-based arts and crafts store chain Michaels and international office supply chain store Staples are likely the same ones.
The US Postal Service has joined the ranks of private sector companies and governmental agencies that have been breached and had data stolen by hackers.
US retailer Home Depot has published an update on the investigation into the breach of their payment data systems and has warned that the attackers managed to get their hands on files containing approximately 53 million customer email addresses.
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty of hacking into the mainframe of CSC, a company tasked with keeping and handling sensitive information belonging to the Danish police, and exfiltrating data, and of accessing the Schengen Information System.