Database leaks data on most of Ecuador’s citizens, including 6.7 million children

Catalin Cimpanu reports: The personal records of most of Ecuador’s population, including children, has been left exposed online due to a misconfigured database, ZDNet has learned. The database, an Elasticsearch searver, was discovered two weeks ago by vpnMentor security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, who shared their findings exclusively with ZDNet. Together, we...

The New Target That Enables Ransomware Hackers to Paralyze Dozens of Towns and Businesses at Once

Renee Dudley of ProPublica reports: On July 3, employees at Arbor Dental in Longview, Washington, noticed glitches in their computers and couldn’t view X-rays. Arbor was one of dozens of dental clinics in Oregon and Washington stymied by a ransomware attack that disrupted their business and blocked access to patients’ records. But the hackers...

Surgical Assistant Suspected of Identity Theft Scheme at Southern California Hospitals

Eric Leonard, Philip Drechsler and Andrew Blankstein report: A man who worked as a surgical assistant has been arrested on suspicion of stealing identities, financial data, and money from employees and patients while working at several Los Angeles area hospitals, law enforcement sources told NBCLA. James Shannon, also known as James Sannon and other...