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InfoSec News Nuggets 12/27/2023

RingGo, ParkMobile Owner EasyPark Suffers Data Breach, User Data Stolen 

A data breach has compromised the information of thousands of EasyPark Group customers in Europe. EasyPark Group, Europe’s largest parking app operator, which includes RingGo and ParkMobile, discovered the breach on December 10th, 2023, and promptly informed the affected customers. The company reported the cyber attack to regulatory authorities, including the EU’s privacy regulator, Sweden’s Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office, and the Swiss data regulator. 


CBS, Paramount owner National Amusements says it was hacked 

National Amusements, the cinema chain and corporate parent giant of media giants Paramount and CBS, has confirmed it experienced a data breach in which hackers stole the personal information of tens of thousands of people. The private media conglomerate said in a legally required filing with Maine’s attorney general that hackers stole personal information on 82,128 people during a December 2022 data breach. Details of the December 2022 breach only came to light a year later, after the company began notifying those affected last week. 


Ubisoft investigates hack attempt 

“Assassin’s Creed” publisher Ubisoft said Tuesday it was investigating a suspected data security breach, in the latest cyberattack against a major actor in the video game industry. Hackers attempted to snatch 900 gigabytes from Ubisoft servers but the French studio’s security team rebuffed the breach on Thursday, according to malware information website vx-underground. 


GitHub Urges Devs to Enable 2FA or Get Locked Out 

GitHub is urging users to enable two-factor authentication on their accounts or risk losing access to key software development modules and features. “This is a reminder that we announced that we are requiring users contributing code on GitHub.com to enable two-factor authentication (2FA),” the company said in an email sent out to developers on Christmas Eve. Anyone submitting code to GitHub.com must have 2FA enabled by January 19th, 2024. GitHub development projects have been a hot target for malicious actors over the years, resulting in supply-chain attacks. 


The New York Times is suing OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement 

The New York Times is suing OpenAI and Microsoft for copyright infringement, claiming the two companies built their AI models by “copying and using millions” of the publication’s articles and now “directly compete” with its content as a result. As outlined in the lawsuit, the Times alleges OpenAI and Microsoft’s large language models (LLMs), which power ChatGPT and Copilot, “can generate output that recites Times content verbatim, closely summarizes it, and mimics its expressive style.” This “undermine[s] and damage[s]” the Times’ relationship with readers, the outlet alleges, while also depriving it of “subscription, licensing, advertising, and affiliate revenue.” 


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