Feb 152018

Pat Reavy reports:

A state employee was charged Wednesday with illegally getting into his co-worker’s computer, changing her Facebook password and reading her messages.

Eric Brian Thompson, 42, of Farmington, is charged in 3rd District Court with computer fraud, a third-degree felony.

In May of 2016, Thompson was an employee of the state of Utah, according to charging documents, but they don’t specify which state agency.

Read more on Deseret News.


Feb 152018

Joe Johnson reports:

A University of Georgia student is facing 80 felony counts for allegedly hacking into a professor’s computer to change his grades.

Michael Lamon Williams, 21, was booked into the Clarke County Jail Wednesday on nine counts of computer trespass and 71 counts of computer forgery.

Williams, a student of UGA’s Terry College of Business, was working for Enterprise Information Technology Services when he “abused his privileges as an employee and changed grades to benefit himself,” said Greg Trevor, UGA’s executive director for media communications.

“The university is conducting a comprehensive review of its practices to make the necessary improvements to prevent this from reoccurring,” Trevor said.

Read more on OnlineAthens.

Feb 152018

Rafia Shaikh reports:

Trusted Western Union with your money? It appears the company may have lost your information to hackers. While the company talks about testing transactions with Ripple and expects higher sales in 2018, it seems it’s having some troubles with security. Some of the Western Union consumers started receiving a letter from the company last month that informed them of a data breach that had occurred at a data storage company used by WU. This breach led to exposure of Western Union customer records.

“We have discovered that some of your information may have been accessed without authorization as a result of a computer intrusion against an external vendor system formerly used by Western Union for secure data storage,” the letter said.

Read more on WCCFTech.

Feb 152018

Ina Steiner reports:

Etsy confirmed a privacy breach impacted about 1,500 sellers. The incident was caused by human error and was not related to any hacking or website vulnerability.

The incident occurred on January 30, 2018, when an Etsy seller requested a copy of their 2016 federal 1099 tax form. Etsy sent a letter to the sellers who were affected, explaining, “While providing that information to the Etsy seller, your Etsy 2016 federal 1099 tax form was inadvertently disclosed to the seller. The seller reported the incident to us, and our security team confirmed with the seller that the information was deleted from the seller’s system the same day. We have no reason to believe that the information was misused in any way.”

Read more on eCommerceBytes.

Feb 152018

Zack Whittaker reports:

FedEx has exposed private information belonging to thousands of its customers after a legacy server was left open without a password.

The discovery was made by security researchers at the Kromtech Security Center, which posted details of the exposure alongside ZDNet. The data, hosted on a password-less Amazon S3 storage server, was secured Tuesday after efforts were made to contact FedEx.

Read more on ZDNet.