Apr 272019

WSB-TV reports:

The Woodruff Arts Center says it is investigating a security breach after an unauthorized third party caused a massive network outage, affecting many of the center’s operations and systems.

The Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art were all affected by the breach.

Read more on WSB.

The notice on their site does not explicitly state that this was a ransomware attack, but from their updated notice this morning, it sounds like it might be.

Apr 202019

WTXL reports:

The United Way of the Big Bend is investigating a possible data security breach that occurred when taxpayer information was stolen from an employee in March.

The organization says that 64 taxpayers’ information may be exposed after their information was stolen from the vehicle of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) site coordinator in March. They say they have already contacted the individuals who may be affected by the possible security breach and are working with authorities to determine how their information may have been compromised.

Read more on WTXL.

Mar 292019

Steve Marroni reports:

The personal information of more than 24,000 clients of the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania may have been compromised.

While officials do not believe any identities have actually been stolen, the organization’s corporate headquarters notified 24,168 people about the possible breach and is offering them free identity protection and credit monitoring services, officials say.

According to a statement released by the company, a UPS package containing a computer data storage device was sent from a Cremation Society location to the corporate headquarters.

Read more on PennLive.

Mar 272019

Shoshanna Solomon reports:

Researchers at Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said Wednesday that they had found “serious security breaches” granting access to “highly sensitive personal information” in the Android phone apps of the Likud and Labor parties.

“There has been much talk of impact attacks on social networks and we learn more and more about the offensive capabilities of various countries and entities in cyberspace. But we often ignore the factor that allows these attacks — access to sensitive information we share, sometimes without any intention of doing so,” Check Point said in a emailed statement.

Read more on Times of Israel.

Mar 262019

There’s a significant update to some data breach litigation that was revived last June. The American Optometric Association reports:

The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) will allot $3.25 million in a cash settlement fund to compensate some 61,000 victims of an alleged data breach that gripped the profession in 2016.

In a court ruling posted March 7, Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar of Maryland gave preliminary approval to the class action settlement that not only establishes a means of financial reimbursement and credit monitoring services for affected individuals, but also outlines steps NBEO will take to significantly upgrade its data security practices.

The class action settlement comes nearly three years after large numbers of optometry students and doctors of optometry nationwide began reporting identity theft, particularly stolen Social Security numbers (SSNs) and other personal information used to apply for Chase Amazon Visa credit cards. Following the breach, thirteen doctors of optometry filed three separate actions against NBEO-since consolidated into the current case-claiming the targeted information was available and maintained by the testing organization as a requirement for certifying exams and credentialing. However, the NBEO still disputes it was the source of the breach.

Read more on the American Optometric Association.