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Honolulu Man Pleads Guilty to Sabotaging Former Employer’s Computer Network

Casey K. Umetsu, Sr., age 40, of Honolulu, Hawaii, pled guilty today before United States District Judge Jill A. Otake to sabotaging his former employer’s computer network. Sentencing is set for January 19, 2023. According to court documents and information presented in court, Umetsu worked as an information technology professional for a prominent Hawaii-based...

Hacker breaches Fast Company systems to send offensive Apple News notifications

Carly Page reports: U.S. business publication Fast Company has confirmed that a hacker breached its internal systems to send offensive push notifications to Apple News users.  In a statement, Fast Company said that a threat actor breached the company’s content management system (CMS) on Tuesday, giving them access to the publication’s Apple News account. Read more at TechCrunch.

GA: Former Dalton police officer sentenced to five years on probation for computer invasion of privacy and violating oath of office

Charles Oliver reports on an insider-wrongdoing case that was taken seriously: A former Dalton Police Department officer has been sentenced to five years on probation after pleading guilty to computer invasion of privacy and violation of oath by a public officer, according to District Attorney Bert Poston. Trevin Dane Stover of Resaca must also...

Hackers steal South Carolina fire department’s paychecks

Bethany Fowler reports: Hackers allegedly stole over $8,000 in paychecks following an email hack from an Upstate fire department. According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Reidville Fire Department located at 3380 Hwy 417 on a report of fraud/payroll theft. Read more at News2.

Sierra College investigating scope of latest ransomware incident

In May 2021, Sierra College in California confirmed that it was hit by a ransomware attack.  Whatever steps the college may have taken to prevent another ransomware attack were apparently not sufficient, however, because Vice Society added the college to its list of “partners” this week. Vice did not post any data at this...

Wolfe Clinic notifies patients of Eye Care Leaders breach

I tweeted this yesterday, but probably should note it here too: When I saw Wolfe Clinic had reported a breach to HHS impacting 542,776 patients, I thought they had just updated their 500k figure from the ransomware attack by Lorenz last year. But it turned out that this was a new, and unrelated report...

SIM Swapper Abducted, Beaten, Held for $200k Ransom

Brian Krebs reports: A Florida teenager who served as a lackey for a cybercriminal group that specializes in cryptocurrency thefts was beaten and kidnapped last week by a rival cybercrime gang. The teen’s captives held guns to his head while forcing him to record a video message pleading with his crew to fork over...