Kemper Proposes $17.6M Settlement of Data Breach Claims

Insurance Journal reports and update on litigation stemming from a breach previously noted on this site. Kemper Insurance has proposed to settle a class action stemming from two data breaches in a deal valued at about $17.6 million. The dual breaches could have compromised the personal information of an estimated 6.1 million customers and...

Hacker steals government ID database for Argentina’s entire population

Catalin Cimpanu reports: A hacker has breached the Argentinian government’s IT network and stolen ID card details for the country’s entire population, data that is now being sold in private circles. The hack, which took place last month, targeted RENAPER, which stands for Registro Nacional de las Personas, translated as National Registry of Persons. Read more...

Suspected Chinese hackers behind attacks on ten Israeli hospitals

Bill Toulas reports: A joint announcement from the Ministry of Health and the National Cyber Directorate in Israel describes a spike in ransomware attacks over the weekend that targeted the systems of nine health institutes in the country. In the joint announcement, the Israeli government states that the attempts resulted in no damage to the...

CISA Alert (AA21-291A) BlackMatter Ransomware

Technical Details Overview First seen in July 2021, BlackMatter is ransomware-as-a-service (Raas) tool that allows  the ransomware’s developers to profit from cybercriminal affiliates (i.e., BlackMatter actors) who deploy it against victims. BlackMatter is a possible rebrand of DarkSide, a RaaS which was active from September 2020 through May 2021. BlackMatter actors have attacked numerous...

DOJ Announces New Cyber-Fraud Initiative Promoting False Claims Act Enforcement Against Contractors and Grantees Failing to Follow Cybersecurity Standards

Anthony Mirenda, Stephen Garvey, and Natalie Panariello of Foley Hoag write: As we anticipated last spring, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has signaled that it will utilize civil enforcement of the False Claims Act (FCA) to address new and emerging cybersecurity threats. On October 6, 2021, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced the launch of a...

Popular student monitoring software could have exposed thousands to hacks

Mark Keierleber reports: A monitoring company that thousands of schools used during remote and hybrid learning to ensure students were on task may have inadvertently exposed millions of kids to hackers online, according to a September report by the security software company McAfee. The research, conducted by the McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team, discovered...

Sinclair TV network crippled by potential ransomware attack

Sergiu Gatlan reports: TV stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group broadcast television company went down over the weekend across the US, with multiple sources telling BleepingComputer a ransomware attack caused the downtime. Sinclair Broadcast Group is a Fortune 500 media company (with annual revenues of $5.9 billion in 2020) and a leading local sports...