extortion

BUSTED? A blackhat’s revenge exposes a 2-year old patient data hack that Holland Eye Surgery & Laser Center failed to disclose

A blackhat hacker known as “Lifelock” had claimed Holland Eye Surgery and Laser Center knew about his hack two years ago but failed to disclose it to patients or HHS.  A follow-up investigation by DataBreaches.net uncovered evidence supporting his claim. The evidence has been turned over to federal regulators.  On June 2, DataBreaches.net reported...

700,000 Express Scripts members notified of extortion demands (update 2)

As previously reported here Express Scripts recently updated their breach report on the incident from 2008 involving an extortion demand.  Now Dina Wisenberg Brin of Dow Jones Newswires provides some additional details, including the statistic that Express Scripts has now sent out approximately 700,000 individual notification letters, total.  The company has not revealed how...

Private Jet-Set Network Hacked

McAfee Research Blog reports that ASmallWorld, a social networking site for jetsetters received an extortion demand: Yesterday the French police force (OCLCTIC), accompanied by FBI agents, arrested two French residents. They were suspected of hacking social-network platform dedicated to the worldwide upper crust. They allegedly attempted to extort US$1 million from the webmasters...

Express Scripts updates their breach report

When Express Scripts reported receiving an extortion attempt late last year, its potential impact was immediately evident as the company handles prescription benefits for tens of millions of people. Express scripts has now updated its breach report. In a letter to the New Hampshire Attorney General dated September 14, their Vice-President and Deputy General...