Bits ‘n Pieces
Updating some HHS reports: First Choice Community Health Care reported its ransomware attack to HHS on August 1 as impacting 101,541 patients. BHG Holdings / Behavioral Health Group reported its breach to HHS on July 27 as impacting 197,507 patients. Elsewhere:
California: A former owner of a T-Mobile retail store in Eagle Rock has been found guilty by a jury of 14 federal criminal charges for his $25 million scheme to enrich himself by stealing T-Mobile employee credentials and illegally accessing the company’s internal computer systems to illicitly “unlock” and “unblock” cellphones.
The Justice Department announced the conviction of Argishti Khudaverdyan, 44, of Burbank on August 1. He was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, three counts of wire fraud, two counts of accessing a computer to defraud and obtain value, one count of intentionally accessing a computer without authorization to obtain information, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, five counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Read the DOJ’s press release.
Arizona: A former officer from the Buckeye Police Department has been arrested and indicted on felony charges for allegedly misusing department databases to illegally access multiple people’s personal information, including criminal histories.
Read more about this one at ABC15.
India: Police busted what they describe as an interstate extortion gang. Tribune India reports:
A case against unidentified persons was registered for threatening and demanding ransom. During investigation it was established that ransom calls were being made by cyber criminals, who were trying to extort money from doctors by posing as gangsters. A team of four police personnel headed by ASI Malkiat Singh was sent to Bihar to trace and arrest the accused.
Read more at Tribune India.
Poland: The Warsaw Municipal Police reported a cyberattack. Thousands of emails with the same content hit their inboxes, paralyzing their work.
As our reader informs, from Saturday someone is deliberately “clogging” the Warsaw 19115 system. It happens as follows. Every now and then e-mails with the same content about the same, incorrectly parked car are received. “There are already thousands of them. As a result, municipal police operators are not able to keep up with the simultaneous rejection of this spam and assigning 19,115 appropriate reports from the Warsaw system, from residents “ – our informant says. (machine translation)
Read more at Warszawa Naszemiasto.
Bulgaria: The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) cannot provide electronic services because the Agency’s website and servers have come under a cyber attack, the BFSA said in a press release on Monday. The attack was detected on August 6, and the BFSA’s full range of functionalities and services are currently inaccessible. (machine translation)
Read more at Nova.