“Apophis Squad” Member Who Made Online Threats Against Schools and Airline Sentenced to Nearly 8 Years in Federal Prison

A North Carolina man who engaged in a series of cyber and swatting attacks, including sending bogus threats of shootings and bombings to schools in the United States and United Kingdom, was sentenced today to 95 months in federal prison. Timothy Dalton Vaughn, 22, whose online aliases included “WantedbyFeds” and “Hacker_R_US,” of Winston-Salem, North...

ZA: Absa accuses employee of leaking customer data

Admire Moyo reports that Absa, one of the country’s largest banks, has disclosed a data breach that resulted in customer data being shared with external parties> In a statement to ITWeb, the bank says: “Absa advises that an employee has unlawfully made selected customer data available to a small number of external parties. The...

SC: McLeod Health notifying patients after breach of employee email account

From their notice on their web site: McLeod Health (“McLeod”) is committed to protecting the confidentiality and security of our patients’ information. Regrettably, we are addressing an email security incident that may involve some of that information. McLeod is currently reviewing the contents of an email account that was accessed by an unauthorized actor...

Colorado mental health services provider reveals September attack impacted hundreds of thousands of clients and employees

It appears that AspenPointe,  a Colorado provider of outpatient and inpatient crisis ,mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral services across the lifespan, is notifying employees and clients of a cyberattack that resulted in exfiltration of data. In a notice on their web site, which appears addressed more to employees than clients, they write: As...

CFPB to Play Peacemaker in Battle for Consumers’ Financial Data

Lydia Beyoud reports: The CFPB is ready to shape the next phase of open banking in the U.S. as it develops standards for how vast amounts of consumer financial data is shared among banks, fintech apps, and data transfer companies. Financial data sharing has been largely left in private-sector hands, but the Consumer Financial...

Three Montrealers arrested after Quebec teachers’ personal information stolen

Amy Luft reports:  Quebec provincial police have arrested three Montreal men they say are behind a widespread identity theft operation that stole personal information from scores of Quebec teachers and education workers. The three men were arrested on Friday: Frédéric Lapointe, 41, Rath Pak, 41, and Jimmy Saintelien, 39. In February, Quebec’s education minister...