Jackson Hospital responded quickly to ransomware incident

Sean Lyngaas reports: It was approaching midnight on Sunday and the head of IT at a Florida hospital had a problem. The emergency room of Jackson Hospital, a 100-bed facility on Florida’s panhandle, called to report that it couldn’t connect to the charting system that doctors use to look up patients’ medical histories. Jamie...

Hackers disrupt payroll for thousands of employers — including hospitals

Becky Sullivan reports that the Kronos ransomware incident continues to disrupt payroll for employees around the country: A month-old ransomware attack is still causing administrative chaos for millions of people, including 20,000 public transit workers in the New York City metro area, public service workers in Cleveland, employees of FedEx and Whole Foods, and...

Ex-hospital worker arrested in South Georgia Medical Center data breach

Terry Richards reports: A former hospital employee has been arrested in a November data breach case at South Georgia Medical Center, officials said. Ronald Dean, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said Thursday a worker “left employment” with SGMC Nov. 11. On Nov. 12, security software put out an alert that there had...

North Korean hackers stole nearly $400 million in crypto last year

Andy Greenberg reports: The past year saw a breathtaking rise in the value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, with Bitcoin gaining 60 percent in value in 2021 and Ethereum spiking 80 percent. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the relentless North Korean hackers who feed off that booming crypto economy had a very good year as well. North...

Polish DPA imposes a fine on Warsaw University of Technology for not complying with its obligation

Background information Date of final decision: 9 December 2021 National case Controller: Warsaw University of Technology Legal Reference: Principles (Art. 5(1)(f), Art. 5(2)), Data protection by design and by default (Art. 25(1)), Security of processing (Art. 32(1), Art. 32(2)) Decision: infringement of GDPR, fine issued Key words: principles, processing, security, data protection   Summary...

Former Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Defraud the U.S. Government

A former Acting Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) pleaded guilty today to federal charges stemming from the theft of proprietary software and sensitive databases from the U.S. government. According to court documents, Charles K. Edwards, 61, of Sandy Spring, Maryland, executed a scheme to steal...

FSB arrests REvil ransomware gang members

Catalin Cimpanu reports: The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said today that it has raided and shut down the operations of the REvil ransomware gang. Raids were conducted today at 25 residents owned by 14 members suspected to be part of the REvil team across Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad, and the Lipetsk regions. Authorities...