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...

Cyberattack Hits Ukrainian Websites as Russia Tensions Mount

Alberto Nardelli, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Kateryna Choursina report: Ukraine’s worst cyberattack in four years brought down the websites of scores of government agencies for hours. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the source of the hacks, which took place as tensions with Russia intensified over its troop buildup across the border. Seventy government agencies were hit,...

Accellion reaches $8.1 mln settlement to resolve data breach litigation

Sara Merken reports:  Accellion Inc has reached an $8.1 million deal with a proposed nationwide class to end litigation over a breach of its legacy file transfer product, a platform that allowed companies to securely share large or sensitive files, according to settlement papers filed in California federal court. The Palo Alto-based tech company...

Microsoft Defender weakness lets hackers bypass malware detection

Ionut Ilascu reports: Threat actors can take advantage of a weakness that affects Microsoft Defender antivirus on Windows to learn locations excluded from scanning and plant malware there. The issue has persisted for at least eight years, according to some users, and affects Windows 10 21H1 and Windows 10 21H2. Read more at BleepingComputer.