Au: Bendigo cyber menace Dean Poot pleads guilty to attacking Victoria Police phone lines

Serena Seyfort and Paul Shapiro report: A Bendigo computer hacker disrupted police phone lines with menacing messages including a ridiculous claim cops are “international scammers”. Dean Poot, 30, pleaded guilty in the county Court on Wednesday to charges including unauthorised impairment of electronic communication. Poot, unemployed, used various aliases, stolen identity information, bogus credit...

Student private information breached in Fairfax County Public Schools

Remember last year and earlier this year when we covered a ransomware attack on Fairfax County Public Schools by Maze that impacted more than 170,000 people? Well, there’s no need to hack when it’s leaking due to human error or failure to adhere to federal law protecting students’ education records.  Rick Horner reports: Fairfax...

Former Intelligence Analyst Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison for Disclosing Classified Information to Reporter

A Tennessee man was sentenced today to 45 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter. According to court documents, Daniel Everette Hale, 33, of Nashville, began communicating with a reporter beginning in April 2013 while enlisted in the...

FL: TGH Urgent Care says data breach may have impacted 558 patients

WTSP reports: A former employee is accused of taking photos of patients’ driver’s licenses and credit card information, according to TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track. TGH says they think the former employee took pictures of three people’s personal information while working alone on Sept. 9, at the intake window of its Seminole...

Judson ISD’s ransomware nightmare won’t be cheap

Brandon Lingle really laces into Judson ISD over their incident response and transparency in the wake of a June ransomware incident. It appears that the district paid an undisclosed amount of ransom to unidentified threat actors, but it’s not clear what they got for that ransom payment.  It was a month before phone and...

Uber found to have breached Australian’s privacy following 2016 hack

Cameron Abbott and Jacqueline Patishmanof K&L Gates write: In 2017, Uber disclosed to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) a breach of its some 57 million global users and driver’s personal information (including approximately 1.2 million Australians). Last Friday, the OAIC determined that Uber had breached the Australian Privacy Act by failing to take reasonable steps...