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Are the Dangers of Cyberattacks Targeting School Districts Being Overlooked?
govtech.com
Two months before the U.S. presidential election, international hackers slipped into the computer systems of at least four Florida school district networks in the hopes of stealing the personal data of hundreds of thousands of students. They infected the systems with malware — malicious software — that turned off the logs recording who accessed the systems, according to United Data Technologies, the Doral-based cybersecurity company that investigated the incidents. For three months, the hackers probed the systems, mapping them out and testing their defenses. At one point, they even posted photos of someone dressed as an ISIS fighter on two school district websites.
Lawmakers Told of Growing Cyber Threat to Election Systems
thehill.com
Lawmakers on Wednesday learned that federal officials have evidence that election-related systems in 21 states were targeted by Russia ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee received the information amid growing concerns on Capitol Hill about the possibility of foreign interference in future electoral processes.
How 3 Hospital Breaches Went Undetected for More Than 3 Years
healthcareitnews.com
Three healthcare information security incidents that happened more than 36 months ago were just discovered in May — highlighting the fact that hospitals continue struggling with breach detection. What’s more, the incidents were caused by employees.
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TODAY'S IDENTITY THEFT & SCAM NEWS
South Korean Hosting Firm Pays $1 Million Ransom
Friday, June 23, 2017
healthcareinfosecurity.com
South Korean web hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay its attackers a record-shattering $1 million to unlock servers encrypted by ransomware.
Denver Identity Theft Protection Company Bought for $63 Million
Friday, June 23, 2017
9news.com
ID Watchdog, a 12-year-old Denver identity theft protection company, said it's being purchased by a Georgia firm for $63.3 million. ID Watchdog said Atlanta-based Equifax Inc., a consumer credit reporting company, is buying all of its outstanding shares for 40 cents each, or $63,335,000 in cash.
Elaborate Scam Sets up Fake 'Law Firm' to Bilk Elderly
Friday, June 23, 2017
chron.com
The estate planning lawyers on the website at Walsh & Padilla in Houston look like you would expect. Earnest. Well-groomed. Suits and ties for the men, pearls and pendants for the women. There's only one problem: Walsh & Padilla doesn't exist.
Man Arrested in Alleged Business Email Compromise Scam
Friday, June 23, 2017
local10.com
A business email compromise scheme uses compromised email accounts to convince the victims to wire transfer money that they believe is for legitimate business purposes. FDLE spokeswoman Jessica Cary said a woman in Lee County believed that she was communicating with her real estate attorney via email and transferred more than $100,000 for a real estate purchase. Cary said another woman in Pennsylvania believed that she received an email from a supervisor directing her to transfer more than $20,000 to purchase clothing.
Online Romance Scams Are Fleecing More Americans
Friday, June 23, 2017
forbes.com
...As the romance progressed, Charlie confessed to some problems of his own. He was having trouble completing a construction project in California and asked for a loan of $30,000, which he promised to pay back right away. A few months later, he needed another loan. By the time her alarmed financial adviser convinced her to contact the FBI two years later, she had sent Charlie $2 million – her entire life’s savings.