Jan 202018

Brinkwire reports:

A former Santander bank manager has pleaded guilty to £15,000 worth of computer misuse crimes after her boyfriend talked her into giving him illicitly obtained customer information.

This morning at the City of London Magistrates’ Court in England, Abiola Ajibade, 24, of Martock Court, Consort Road, Southwark, pleaded guilty to “causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to a program or data” contrary to section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Her crimes took place over the course of a year, starting in August 2015 when she was aged 22.

Read more on Brinkwire.

Jan 202018

The arrest last week of a former CIA officer suspected of spying for China exposed one of the most significant intelligence breaches in American history. But the damage is even worse than first reported, sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News.

A secret FBI–CIA task force investigating the case concluded that the Chinese government penetrated the CIA’s method of clandestine communication with its spies, using that knowledge to arrest and execute at least 20 CIA informants, according to multiple current and former government officials.

American officials suspect China then shared that information with Russia, which employed it to expose, arrest and possibly even kill American spies in that country, said the current and former officials, who declined to be named discussing a highly sensitive matter.

Read more on NBC.

via @Reka_Niewidka

Jan 192018

Fionn Hargreaves reports:

A schoolboy hacker impersonated a CIA director to gain access to top secret military reports, a court heard yesterday.

Kane Gamble was just 15 when he posed as CIA chief John Brennan from his Leicestershire home, even taking control of his wife’s iPad.

The teenager gained access to passwords, personal information, security details, contacts lists and sensitive documents about operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Gamble, who founded the pro-Palestinian group ‘Crackas With Attitude’, taunted the security service on Twitter about his successes.

Read more on Daily Mail.  See also The Telegraph for additional details about many of the targets/victims.  Gamble had pleaded guilty in October, but this was the first time some of the details came out publicly.

Jan 192018


DOS providing free credit monitoring services for 945 affected individuals


In January 2013, The Florida Department of State, Division of Elections temporarily participated in a project pilot in an effort to facilitate validation of information between states. In September 2017, the last four digits of the social security numbers of 945 individuals was inadvertently provided to an individual member of the public in response to a public records request.  These numbers were originally provided to the department by another state in 2013 as information that may have been a potential match to a Florida voter’s information. While these individuals have been identified and are being contacted directly by the department, any individual who believes their personal information may have been released may also contact 850.245.6022.

At this time, the department has no reason to believe individuals’ information has been misused. However, in an abundance of caution and to help individuals detect any possible misuse of this information, we are providing a one-year membership in LifeLock program for those affected. This service will be free for all those who were identified. For more information, including steps one may take to protect themselves from potential harm, individuals may call 850.245.6022. If you are writing on this event, it is imperative to include the department’s phone number in your reporting.

Potentially affected individuals may also wish to review their credit history for any potential fraudulent or suspicious activities they have not authorized. To protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft, they may also place a free fraud alert on their credit files.  A fraud alert notifies creditors to contact individuals before opening new accounts in their name. Individuals can call any one of the three major credit reporting agencies at the numbers below to place a fraud alert on their credit files and may obtain a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com.

Experian – 1-888-397-3742

Equifax – 1-888-766-0008

TransUnion – 1-800-680-7289

Additionally, the Department of State has arranged to have LifeLock provide identity theft protection for one year to each individual whose partial social security information was released as a consequence of this inadvertent disclosure. If your partial social security information was released, you will receive instructions on how to take advantage of the LifeLock service at no cost to you.

The department is notifying all potentially affected individuals in accordance with state and federal law, including information on credit monitoring services. Pursuant to 45 CFR 164 and Section 501.171, Florida Statutes, this is notification that the Florida Department of State had a security breach, which affected 500 or more individuals in the state of Florida.

Source: Florida Department of State

Jan 192018

Bracey Harris reports:

Mississippi education officials were unable to say Friday how many students’ personal information might have been obtained in the wake of a data breach at Questar one of the state’s testing vendors.

The Mississippi Department of Education said in a statement Friday that an unauthorized user accessed the information of two districts and three schools in the state. The release did not name the districts affected. The department said it does not share Social Security numbers or addresses with the vendor.

Read more on The Clarion Ledger.

via @DougLevin