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South Africa’s new traffic fine system exposed personal data

Jan Vermeulen reports: An online interface set up for the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) system exposed the personal information of every South African who received an infringement notice under the new law. Personal data contained in the leak included full names, ID numbers, residential or business addresses, phone numbers, vehicle registration...

Earth Lusca Hackers Aimed at High-Value Targets in Government and Private Sectors

Ravie Lakshmanan reports: An elusive threat actor called Earth Lusca has been observed striking organizations across the world as part of what appears to be simultaneously an espionage campaign and an attempt to reap monetary profits. “The list of its victims includes high-value targets such as government and educational institutions, religious movements, pro-democracy and human rights...

Data theft at Desjardins: the ex-employee wanted “no media coverage”

Natasha Kumar reports: Documents made public by the court on Monday at the request of the media reveal new details about the intentions of the ex-Desjardins employee unmasked by the financial institution in the spring of 2019. During this meeting, Sébastien Boulanger-Dorval implored to obtain unemployment and not to have criminal charges as...

Mt: IT firm C-Planet fined €65,000 over massive voter data breach

Ivan Martin reports: An IT firm responsible for a massive leak of voter data has been fined €65,000 for data breaches. Data Protection Commissioner Ian Deguara issued the administrative penalty against C-Planet It Solutions Limited which was hired by the Labour Party to manage a cache of private information on some 337,384 Maltese voters....

Ca: Cyberattack at Arnprior Regional Health; data stolen

Derek Dunn reports: A cyber-attack breached the IT system at Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) on Dec. 21. “Our team noticed unusual activity and acted immediately,” reads a statement on the hospital and nursing home’s website. “We have determined through our investigation that data connected with Arnprior Regional Health has been taken.” Read more at Inside Ottawa...

South Australian gov issues breach notice to hacked payroll provider

Justin Hendry reports: Payroll software provider Frontier Systems has been issued with a breach of contract notice over a ransomware attack that saw the personal details of 80,000 South Australian public servants stolen. Department of Treasury and Finance chief David Reynolds revealed the the action after it emerged government data had been stolen directly...

Jackson Hospital responded quickly to ransomware incident

Sean Lyngaas reports: It was approaching midnight on Sunday and the head of IT at a Florida hospital had a problem. The emergency room of Jackson Hospital, a 100-bed facility on Florida’s panhandle, called to report that it couldn’t connect to the charting system that doctors use to look up patients’ medical histories. Jamie...

Hackers disrupt payroll for thousands of employers — including hospitals

Becky Sullivan reports that the Kronos ransomware incident continues to disrupt payroll for employees around the country: A month-old ransomware attack is still causing administrative chaos for millions of people, including 20,000 public transit workers in the New York City metro area, public service workers in Cleveland, employees of FedEx and Whole Foods, and...

Ex-hospital worker arrested in South Georgia Medical Center data breach

Terry Richards reports: A former hospital employee has been arrested in a November data breach case at South Georgia Medical Center, officials said. Ronald Dean, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said Thursday a worker “left employment” with SGMC Nov. 11. On Nov. 12, security software put out an alert that there had...