Jul 102018

From the not-surprised dept.:

I had suggested previously that claims that data used in identity theft came from the OPM hack were not very convincing. Now the government has walked back any claim that the data did come from the OPM hack. Mark Rockwell reports:

The Justice Department said it jumped the gun with a June press release that linked recent bank loan fraud cases to the 2015 cyber heist of federal employee data from the Office of Personnel Management, which is generally attributed to the Chinese government.

In a letter to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said the press release jumped to a “premature conclusion” when it said data from the OPM breach was used by fraudsters who applied for and opened bogus loans at the Langley Federal Credit Union.

Read more on FCW.

Jun 302018

Xinhua reports on a huge bust:

Police in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region announced Friday that they have arrested seven suspects for stealing more than 2 billion items of personal data.

The data included people’s email accounts and passwords, ID numbers, cellphone numbers and payment accounts from more than 60 countries and regions, said police in Chongzuo City.

Read more on Xinhua.net.

Jun 212018

KSAT reports:

A surgery technician is accused of taking personal information from a surgeon and other active-duty and retired military members at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Abelardo Arellano, 32, was arrested after his wife found a notebook belonging to him with several people’s names, birthdays and Social Security numbers in it, authorities said.

Read more on KSAT.

Interestingly, in related coverage, Fox29 starts their coverage by focusing on other aspects of the alleged crime:

A man is behind bars, accused of stealing a credit card, check and two credit card readers.

Abelardo Arellano is facing fraud charges.

Read more on Fox29

Jun 152018

The identities and personal information of more than 1,000 Veterans Affairs patients were discovered during a traffic stop at the VA campus in Long Beach and a VA clerk was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, authorities said today.


A second search of the vehicle yielded private information for 1,028 VA patients, including names, dates of birth and full Social Security numbers, as well as more than $1000 worth of federal property, he said.

Read more on The Grunion.

Jun 152018

Judy Greenwald reports:

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated putative class action data breach litigation against the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Inc.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said in Tuesday’s ruling in Rhonda L. Hutton et al. v. National Board of Examiners in Optometry Inc. that plaintiffs had sufficiently established they had suffered injuries as a result of an alleged data breach of the Charlotte, North Carolina-based board.

According to the ruling, optometrists across the United States in July 2016 noticed that Chase Amazon Visa credit card accounts had been fraudulently opened in their names. Opening these accounts required the use of an applicant’s correct Social Security number and date of birth.

Facebook discussions led the plaintiffs to conclude the information had come from a data breach at the optometry board, which has never acknowledged it was the target of a data breach.

Read more on Business Insurance.

So the board never acknowledged any breach? Discovery should be interesting…..