GA: Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic reports breach to HHS

It appears that Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Georgia  reported a breach to HHS on January 3 that impacted 53,686 patients. They reported the breach as “hacking — other.” There is nothing on their website at this time to explain the incident and so far, I have found no press release. The only additional information...

Should You File a Claim in a Data Breach Settlement?

Shannon Flynn writes: Imagine that you open your email to find a notice that you’ve been part of a data breach. The message says you’re entitled to a settlement payout as part of a class-action lawsuit. What do you do next? With cyber crime as rampant as it is today, this scenario is a...

Japan’s Supreme Court rules cryptojacking scripts are not malware

Laura Dobberstein reports: A man found guilty of using the Coinhive cryptojacking script to mine Monero on users’ PCs while they browsed the web has been cleared by Japan’s Supreme Court on the grounds that crypto mining software is not malware. Tokyo High Court ruled against the defendant, 34-year-old Seiya Moroi, on charges of...

WordPress plugin flaw puts users of 20,000 sites at phishing risk

Bill Toulas reports: The WordPress WP HTML Mail plugin, installed in over 20,000 sites, is vulnerable to a high-severity flaw that can lead to code injection and the distribution of convincing phishing emails. ‘WP HTML Mail’ is a plugin used for designing custom emails, contact form notifications, and generally tailored messages that online platforms...

IRS Will Soon Require Selfies for Online Access

Brian Krebs reports: If you created an online account to manage your tax records with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), those login credentials will cease to work later this year. The agency says that by the summer of 2022, the only way to log in to irs.gov will be through ID.me, an online identity verification service...

CA: Chico State computer hacker sentenced

Chloe Curtis reports on an insider breach that exposed students’ personal information and requests for COVID vaccination exemptions: A 22-year-old Chico man was sentenced to probation, fines and community service after admitting to illegally hacking multiple computers at Chico State. Alejandro Benitez appeared in Butte County Superior Court on Thursday where he entered a...