Exposure

Insufficient Data Security and Disregard for Student Data Privacy Plague the DeKalb County School District; With Commentary by Jim Siegl

Keegan Brooks writes: The DeKalb County School District has been making thousands of files containing sensitive student and staff information widely accessible to anyone in the district. Types of information exposed have included social security numbers, academic records, medical forms, course transcripts, standardized test scores, discipline records, and the 504/IEP information of students, among...

University of Essex data breach being taken ‘very seriously’

BBC reports: A data breach affecting more than 400 students is being treated “very seriously”, the University of Essex said. Law firm Hayes Connor, which is representing some students, said an email from an external partner of the college included personal information. A spreadsheet containing student IDs, dates of birth and contact details was...

Alleged docket dumping probed (South African Police Service)

Natasha Bezuidenhout reports: Police are investigating allegations which claim police files, dockets and rape kits from Steenberg Police Station were found discarded at a dumping site. Ward 68 councillor Marita Petersen claimed she found remnants of police dockets and rape kits dumped in Steenberg since the beginning of April. Read more at News24

COVID-19 patient sues Health P.E.I. for privacy breach at hospital

Brian Higgins reports: A man who says he was the first person on Prince Edward Island to be hospitalized for COVID-19 is suing Health P.E.I. for breach of privacy. According to a civil suit filed in P.E.I. Supreme Court, information about the man’s medical condition, including the fact that he is HIV-positive, was leaked...

Over 300,000 Internet-Exposed Databases Identified in 2021

Ionut Arghire reports: Cybersecurity firm Group-IB identified more than 91,000 publicly-exposed databases in the first quarter of 2022, significantly more than in the previous year. In 2021, the firm discovered a total of 308,000 exposed databases, with more than 165,000 of them found in the second half of the year. Most of the exposed databases...

MS Teams users at Army Futures Command potentially exposed private info

Jaspreet Gill reports: Users of the Microsoft Teams platform at Army Futures Command earlier this month potentially exposed personal and health identifying information to an unsecured number of department employees, and AFC is moving to prevent it from happening again, according to a memo obtained by Breaking Defense. Microsoft Teams — the most widely...