Jan 152019

Roy Mabasa and PNA report:

Foreign Affairs Secretary Te­odoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday backpedaled from his earlier allegations that French con­tractor Oberthur reportedly ran away with the data of millions of passport ap­plicants when its contract was abruptly terminated by the Philippine govern­ment in 2013.

“Data is not run-away-able but made inaccessible. Access denied,” Locsin said in his tweet.

Locsin tweeted the clarification a day after APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-pass­port maker, said there was no passport data loss or breach.

Read more on Manila Bulletin.

Jan 152019

Ian Hughes reports:

A hacker has been ordered to pay £20,000 compensation to a Warwickshire company he used to work for.

Samir Desai, of Grange Drive, Sutton Coldfield, caused ‘significant disruption and financial loss’ to the firm which was not named.

The 41 year-old was arrested as part of an investigation by the Regional Cyber Crime Unit (RCCU) for the West Midlands area.

Read more on Leamington Observer.

Jan 122019

Updated January 15: Locsin subsequently clarified his claim and said that no data had been removed or stolen, but had been made inaccessible. See this report.

Original post:

Katrina Domingo reports:

MANILA – Some Filipinos renewing their passports may have to present their birth certificates as an additional requirement after a passport production contractor the government had terminated “made off with data,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs needs to “rebuild” its database for passports issued before 2010 because a “previous outsourced passport maker took all the data when contract terminated,” Locsin said in a tweet on Jan. 9

Read more on ABS-CBN.

Jan 112019

Ryan Ross reports:

Health P.E.I.’s response to a privacy breach involving patient health records was reasonable, but steps could have been taken to prevent it, says P.E.I.’s privacy commissioner.

In a report released in December, privacy commissioner Karen Rose reviewed the unauthorized access of electronic health records for 353 people, which she referred to as “snooping”.

Rose found Health P.E.I. had reasonable practices to prevent snooping, but the access credentials for the employee responsible should have been changed prior to the breach because of a change in her responsibilities.

The report said the employee, who is not identified, previously worked as a licensed practical nurse until the province changed the education qualifications in 2014.

Read more on Journal Pioneer.

Jan 112019

Hank Tester reports:

A major investigation is underway at a South Florida high school into just that.

Three students are suspected of breaking into Flanagan High School’s computer system to boost their classmates’ grades, but only those who paid.

“They are like 18,” said student Valaria Delgado. “They could go to jail. That’s like hacking.”

“Like hacking?” No, it *is* hacking. They seem to have gotten hold of a teacher’s passcode.

Read more on CBS.