Browsing Category: Data Breaches

[img_assist|nid=2033|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=74]Whether Hannaford Bros. customers may recover damages for the time and
trouble it took them to straighten out their bank or credit card
accounts after the Scarborough-based firm’s computer system was
breached in late 2007 and early 2008 now is up to the Maine Supreme
Judicial Court. Read the full article. [Bangor Daily News]

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[img_assist|nid=1957|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=85|height=85]Former United Way employee based in Miami, Luis Robert Altamirano, was sentenced to 18 months in jail and fined $50,000 for accessing his former employers’ network and deleting “numerous files from UWMD’s servers” and disabling “UWMD’s
telephone voice mail system and prevented UWMD employees from accessing their
voice mail accounts.” Read the full FBI statement.

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Three alleged members of the hacker gang Kryogeniks were hit with a
federal conspiracy charge for a 2008 stunt that replaced
Comcast’s homepage with a shout-out to other hackers. Prosecutors identified Christopher Allen Lewis, 19, and James Robert
Black Jr., 20, as the hackers “EBK” and “Defiant,” known for hijacking
Comcast’s domain name in May of last year — a prank that took down the
cable giant’s homepage and webmail service for more than five hours,
and allegedly cost the company over $128,000. Read the full article. [Wired] Read the Federal indictment.

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[img_assist|nid=880|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=115|height=115]Online,
the biggest battle these days is against botnets: networks of infected
computers which hackers can use — unbeknownst to the machine’s owner
— for online crimes including sending out spam or launching a denial
of service attack. The black-hat techniques
employed to snare users into a botnet web have evolved to a level that
makes them often undetectable by even the most sophisticated security
products. Combine that with a lack of user knowledge, and the threat of
infection becomes very high. Read the full article. [CSOonline.com]

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[img_assist|nid=1848|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=115|height=115]Health Net Inc. announced Wednesday that it is investigating a
healthcare data security breach that resulted in the loss of patient
data, affecting 1.5 million customers. The healthcare provider
said the lost files, a mixture of medical data, Social Security numbers
and other personally identifiable information, were collected over the
past seven years and contained on a portable external hard drive. The company said the healthcare data was not
encrypted, but was formatted as images and required a specific software
application to be viewed. Read the full article. [TechTarget]

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