The domain name system (DNS) is a fundamental part of the web. This system translates the characters in a website’s name (for example, cybelangel.com) into an IP address, allowing browsers to connect to website servers.

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On 28 February, cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt reported that data from thousands of Spiral Toys customer accounts had been leaked online. Spiral Toys, a California-based company, sells connected CloudPets teddy bears, which can play remotely recorded voice messages to children. The database used to store account data and voice messages was completely unprotected: more than 2 million audio messages and 821,000 user records had been exposed on the Internet.

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Valentine’s Day is all about love – and Internet users are a romantic bunch. CybelAngel has come up with a list of the ten most popular love-themed passwords, based on millions of leaked credentials on the web.

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The Global Distribution System (GDS) is a unique tool used by travel agents worldwide to book air travel – yet it has very few security features. Unless the system’s IT infrastructure is overhauled, cybercriminals will continue to be able to access passengers’ personal data and hack their plane tickets.

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The dangers of unsecured connected devices were made all too clear in 2015 when the personal data of more than 3 million Hello Kitty clients, stored on an open MongoDB database, was leaked to the public. Today, companies continue to suffer from major data leaks caused by inadequate security, as seen in the Ghostshell affair.

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American financial planning company Ameriprise has experienced a major data leak, after information on investment portfolios worth millions of dollars was exposed on the Internet. Chris Vickery, a security expert at MacKeeper, detected this leak on 5 December using the Shodan connected device database.

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