Jun 182019

Matt Dathan reports:

The site containing bills currently before Parliament was showing private folders not meant for publication.

One Twitter user said they had found passwords had leaked online too.

A Parliamentary spokesman said it was looking into the reports but said it had not found any evidence that confidential parliamentary data had been breached.

Read more on The Sun.

Jun 132019

Colin Dacre reports:

The Town of Oliver is advising residents about a privacy breach after municipal staff accidentally sent out private tax information to three email addresses.

“During the process of email notification to property owners of their 2019 property tax notice, an error was made in which the attachments on emails to three individual property owners included a list of all properties on the town’s property tax roll,” the letter to residents states.

Oliver Daily News reports a total of 2,345 such letters were sent out to homeowners. Only residential property tax info was breached.

You can read the full story at The Oliver Daily News.

I’m not confident that I understand this breach. Is this information not public rolls/records anyway? Under the laws here, the owner of a property and the address and tax amount is generally public information. What was the “personal” information here that was breached?

Update:  A subsequent report in the Oliver Chronicle answers my question. It states:

The information breached included mailing address and civic address. The Town believes that there is not a reasonable risk of financial harm to residents.

The other information on a property tax notice is public and accessible on BC Assessments website for each property – roll number, mortgage name or address or code (if a property owner is paying to a mortgage provider), 2019 property tax charges for example.


Jun 122019

Colin Lecher reports:

Since May 21st, a virus has shut down Philadelphia’s online court system, bringing network access to a standstill. The problems started unexpectedly: suddenly, no one could seem to access the system to file documents. “It wasn’t working,” says Rachel Gallegos, a senior staff attorney with the civil legal aid organization Community Legal Services. “I thought it was my computer.”

Read more on The Verge.

Jun 112019

Cyware reports:

The Lake City Police Department is investigating a ransomware attack on their city network systems that resulted in the shutdown of several emergency services. The ransomware used in the attack has been detected as ‘Triple Threat’.

What happened?

In a breach notification, the Lake City police have revealed that the attack occurred on May 10, 2019. The ‘Triple Threat’ ransomware program had combined three different methods of attack to target the City’s network systems. This has forced the city’s email systems, land-line phones, and credit card services to shut down.

Read more on Cyware.

Jun 072019

Tom Tuite reports:

A civil servant in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has been been given an 11-month sentence for disclosing sensitive information about the arrest of a suspect in a dissident republican murder case.

Service officer Jonathan Lennon (35) from Clonee, Dublin 15, who admitted having a “nosey” in the Peter Butterly murder file, was jailed on Friday – but released within minutes after lodging a notice of appeal.

Read more on The Irish Times.