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Conti claims to have inside information on Costa Rica, escalates threats

DataBreaches previously reported on the situation in Costa Rica, where the government has declared a national emergency following a ransomware attack by Conti. What is of special note in this incident are Conti’s escalating threats in their attempt to get their ransom demands paid and the self-identification of the affiliate involved (who calls themself...

Former top Republican lawmaker in Colorado received leak of voting data

Alexandra Ulmer reports:  A former Republican minority leader of the Colorado legislature is among the recipients of a trove of sensitive voting data leaked by a county official working with activists seeking to prove President Donald Trump’s false stolen-election claims, according to court records reviewed by Reuters. The revelation indicates the breach of ballot...

How criminals got away with hacking Pennsylvania unemployment accounts

Angie Moreschi reports: Paula Soffa is just one of the thousands of Pennsylvanians whose unemployment insurance account was hacked over the past year— not once, but twice. “They changed my password, they changed my username, and they changed my security questions,” Paula told 11 Investigates Angie Moreschi. “I was like what the heck! I...

PA: Ransomware group claims to have hit Mercyhurst University

You may need to add Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania to any list of post-secondary educational entities hit by ransomware. SuspectFile notes that the university has not confirmed any breach and LockBit has not posted any proof (yet?). But SuspectFile notes the irony that one month after one of the university’s four colleges participated in...

OH: Shaker Heights City School District discloses hacking incident

Shaker Heights City School District in Ohio has notified the Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Montana Attorney General’s Office of a data security incident. The incident was discovered on January 30, 2022, but the investigation revealed that it had begun as early as September 1, 2021. Data were exfiltrated as part of the...

Hacker and Ransomware Designer “Nosophoros” Charged for Use and Sale of Ransomware, and Profit Sharing Arrangements with Cybercriminals

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charging Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez (Zagala), also known as “Nosophoros,” “Aesculapius” and “Nebuchadnezzar,” a citizen of France and Venezuela who resides in Venezuela, with attempted computer intrusions and conspiracy to commit computer intrusions.  The charges stem from Zagala’s use and sale...