Government Sector

Turkish journalist faces 12 years in prison for announcing personal data leak

Turkish Minute reports: Turkish prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 12 years for journalist İbrahim Haskoloğlu, who was briefly detained in April after announcing that hackers had stolen personal information from government websites, the journalist announced on social media, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported. In his tweets in April, Haskoloğlu said a group...

NZ: Ransomware attacks: Privacy Commissioner plans investigation as Justice, Health hit

Chris Keall reports: Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster is planning an investigation after Wellington-based IT provider Mercury IT was hit by a ransomware attack – potentially compromising sensitive data it hosts for multiple clients, including health insurer Accuro, BusinessNZ, the NZ National Nurses Association and the Ministry of Justice, with 15,000 Coroners Court files taken out....

VA admits to improperly disclosing COVID-19 vaccine data for 500,000 staff

Nihal Krishan reports: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has admitted that it failed to adequately protect COVID-19 vaccination status data for about 500,000 of its employees. Following an internal investigation by the VA’s Data Breach Response Service, the agency removed a spreadsheet containing personal details including vaccination status, according to a notice sent to the...

Florida state tax website bug exposed filers’ data

Zack Whittaker reports: A security flaw on the Florida Department of Revenue website exposed at least hundreds of taxpayers’ Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, a security researcher found. Kamran Mohsin said the security flaw — now fixed — allowed him, or anyone else who was logged in to the state’s business tax registration...

Bits ‘n Pieces (Trozos y Piezas)

UY: Ministry of Transport and Public Works victim of ransomware attack Uruguay’s Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) was hit by a ransomware attack on October 17. On November 9, MTOP reported that it was back to normal after the ransomware attack, adding that it had recovered critical information and restored the affected...

Albanian IT Staff Charged With Negligence Over Cyberattack

AP reports: Albanian prosecutors on Wednesday asked for the house arrest of five public employees they blame for not protecting the country from a cyberattack by alleged Iranian hackers. Prosecutors said the five IT officials of the public administration department had failed to check the security of the system and update it with the most...

DOD Releases Path to Cyber Security Through Zero Trust Architecture

News from U.S. DoD: The Defense Department on Tuesday released its Zero Trust Strategy and Roadmap, which spells out how it plans to move beyond traditional network security methods to achieve reduced network attack surfaces, enable risk management and effective data-sharing in partnership environments, and contain and remediate adversary activities over the next five years....