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1.4 million student Social Security numbers found unencrypted in Maryland

Does anyone remember the massive data security incident involving the University of Maryland in 2014? Here’s a link to some of this site’s preliminary coverage of that breach. Hundreds of thousands impacted, lots of media coverage and analyses, and you’d hope that the state would have learned its lesson about storing and protecting student...

Ca: RCMP sent confidential details of suicide attempt to wrong email chain: report

Catharine Tunney reports: The RCMP inadvertently sent an account of someone’s suicide attempt to the wrong email chain, leaving the details in the inboxes of more than 160 people, according to a report on the mishap. The email included the person’s name and date of birth, details of the suicide attempt, the injuries they...

Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar amendment Bill, allows to file complaint in case of security breach

Siraj Qureshi reports: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that will allow the voluntary use of the 12-digit identification number as identity proof for Indians to open bank accounts and also get a mobile phone connection. Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number issued to Indian citizens...

MA: New Bedford: public release of info on cyber attack could put city at further risk

Jack Spillane reports: Cyber professionals have “strongly advised” the city against providing any details about the impacts of a computer virus that has shut down municipal computers for more than a week. Jonathan Carvalho, the city’s public information officer, released a statement late Friday that said New Bedford continues to implement restoration plans on...

Syracuse schools’ hit by ransomware; ransom demands increase as days go by

Julie McMahon reports: Ransomware caused the Syracuse City School District’s week-long computer outage, a source said. The district’s internet has had systemwide outages since an “event” early Monday morning, officials said. Officials released little information about the investigation and cause of the computer outages. In a statement Friday afternoon, a spokesman said an “attack...