Aug 162018

Patrick McArdle reports:

One of two Nigerians who admitted to being part of a conspiracy to steal personal information from Vermont state employees and other U.S. residents was sentenced Tuesday in Rutland federal court to time served, or 14 months in jail.

Osariemen Isibor, 32, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in March to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Read more on the Rutland Herald.

Aug 152018

Well, I said that the more I learned about it, a breach affecting more than 250,000 Adams County residents sounded like a bad one. Its “badness” was just confirmed, it seems. WKOW reports:

Adams County officials are trying to remove the county clerk from office, after she’s suspected of being connected with a data breach.

According to our Madison affiliate, a Verified Statement of Charges has been brought against Adams County Clerk Cindy Phillippi. She’s suspected in manipulating the county computer system, which may have led to a security breach that affected more than 250,000 people.

The Verified Statement of Charges was filed by the Adams County Personnel Director, who alleges Phillippi gained unauthorized access to confidential computer records, established unauthorized checking accounts, deleted records, gained unauthorized access to the Health and Human Services building, released confidential information to a former employee and misled an independent investigator who was looking into her actions.

Read more on WAOW.

Aug 152018

Curt Devine and Drew Griffin report:

Georgia’s shotgun-toting, Trump-style Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp has sought to assure voters that his state’s election system is secure and that any allegations to the contrary are “fake news.”

But Kemp, who is also the secretary of state in charge of Georgia’s elections, is now being accused in a federal lawsuit of failing to secure his state’s voting system and allowing a massive breach that exposed voter records and other sensitive election information.

Read more on CNN.

Aug 102018

From the yeah-this-isn’t-good dept.

Caitlin Shuda reports:

A data breach exposed the names, addresses, personal information and even photographs of more than 250,000 people with information on Adams County computer systems.

Officials in a statement on Friday said they do not have evidence that personal data was stolen, but urged those affected by the breach to take steps against possible identity theft as a precaution.

But it gets a lot worse as you keep reading, because it seems that attackers accessed personal information from multiple state agencies. That information included  personal identification information, health information and tax information from multiple departments including the Veterans Service Office, Health and Human Services, Child Support and the Sheriff’s Office. And if that’s not disturbing enough, the access occurred between  between Jan. 1, 2013 and March 28, 2018.

Read more on Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.