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Rabun County in Georgia thwarts apparent computer hacking attempt

Megan Broome reports: The county’s computer system was recently hit with what was thought to be ransomware, according to Darrin Giles, county administrator, in a phone interview Monday. Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Giles said...

PayPal Users Hit With Fraudulent ‘Target’ Charges via Google Pay

Lawrence Abrams reports: Hackers are using an unknown method to make fraudulent charges on PayPal accounts linked via GooglePay. These transactions are being charged through Target stores or Starbucks in the United States even though the account holders are in Germany. Starting on February 22nd, numerous people in Germany began reporting that their...

Mexico’s economy ministry hit by cyber attack

Adriana Barrera reports: Mexico’s economy ministry detected a cyber attack on some of its servers on Sunday but did not consider sensitive information to have been compromised, and beefed up safety measures, it said in a statement. It was the second high-profile cyber attack on the Mexican government after hackers demanded $5 million in...

Lodi School District Officials Report Data Breach At 2 Schools

It’s hard to keep up with all the school district reports of breaches this school year.  On February 15, there was a report on Lodi School District that I’m first catching up with. It wasn’t a ransomware incident, and all CBS reported was the following: School officials in Lodi are investigating after student data...

HK: Data breach concerns after ‘theft’ of Hong Kong gov’t phones containing details of quarantined coronavirus residents

Kelly Ho reported this on February 20: Two government mobile phones containing the personal data of 122 residents in mandatory coronavirus quarantine have gone missing, raising concerns over a potential data breach. The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) announced the suspected theft on Wednesday after their staff conducted an inventory check of...