Quick question: On the scale of severity when there’s a breach and a totally botched response, what comes after “dumpster fire?” Towering inferno? When Brian Krebs wrote that the Equifax debacle was a dumpster fire, he probably knew, based on years of experience, that more bad news would come to light. But he probably didn't know the specfics. Sure enough, more bad news came and it’s another reminder of why rate limits are so incredibly important for websites and APIs.
When I last checked, very little in the way of technical details was known about the breach at Equifax that resulted in the exposure of the personally identifiable information (PII) of over 143 million people. The data exposed included key information like social security number, birth date, and drivers license numbers; the same information that large companies often use in combination to authenticate customers who are calling them for help or other reasons.
Yesterday, via email, I received a news alert with the subject line "Elcomsoft Phone Breaker 7.0 Extracts iCloud Keychain." You can read the press relase to get an idea of what showed up in my inbox. Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker, for those of you who don't remember or know the details, was one of the tools that hackers claimed to have used in an alleged API-related attack dating back to Sept 2014 that became known as "The Fappening."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".