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Ukranian cyber hacker pleads guilty

Sergei Vovnenko, a Ukranian hacker, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by using more than 13,000 computers to steal log-in...more

Ukranian cyber hacker pleads guilty

Sergei Vovnenko, a Ukranian hacker, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud by using more than 13,000 computers to steal log-in...more

Further CRTC Investigation Underway

For the second time the CRTC has publicized the execution of a warrant under the CRTC’s powers under Canada’s Anti-spam law (CASL). The investigation is focused on the installation of malware and the altering of transmission...more

SuperValu Consolidated Class Action Data Breach Complaint Dismissed For Lack Of Standing

On January 7, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota dismissed for lack of standing the consolidated data breach complaint filed by consumers against SuperValu, Inc., AB Acquisition, LLC, and New...more

Update on Hyatt data breach: Over 250 locations compromised

In December, Hyatt Corporation announced that it had identified malware on computers that operate its payment processing systems. Late last week, Hyatt disclosed that upon investigating the malware it discovered “signs of...more

Hyatt Corporation notifies customers of “malware activity”

Hyatt Corporation announced on December 23, 2015, that it recently identified malware on computers that operate its payment processing systems. It stated that as soon as the activity was discovered, an investigation was...more

The University Of Washington Medicine Agrees To Settlement For Potential HIPAA Violations

The University of Washington Medicine (“UWM”) has agreed to settle the investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) of potential HIPAA violations arising from a...more

University of Washington Medical School pays OCR $750,000 for data breach

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on Monday, December 14, 2014, that it has settled a HIPAA investigation with the University of Washington Medical School involving a data breach in October of 2013....more

Public-private team of security experts disrupt Dorkbot malware

This is how it should be—private companies working with law enforcement to disrupt evil doers on the Internet. Late last week, Microsoft announced that it teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security, Europol, the FBI,...more

Anti-Spam Enforcement Reaches International Malware Target

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is one of the key enforcement authorities in respect of Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL). CASL is broader than mere regulation of commercial electronic...more

Hilton Hotels acknowledges payment card breach

Hilton Worldwide has issued a statement that it has “identified and taken action to eradicate unauthorized malware that targeted payment card information in some point-of-sale systems.” The information exposed included...more

An Ounce of Prevention: Patent Claiming Anti-Malware Software Is Not Abstract

Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-03999 (11.20.15 Judge Beth Freeman) - It looks like the battle between non-practicing entity Finjan and defendant Blue Coat Systems is coming to an end, at least in...more

Canada’s role in international botnet takedown

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has served its first warrant under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) to take down a Toronto-based command and control server.  The malware family...more

Starwood Hotels hit with payment card malware attack

Last Friday (November 20, 2015), Starwood Hotels announced that it was hit with a payment card malware attack affecting 50 of its North American hotels. The president of Starwood Hotels Americas stated in a letter to...more

Beware of version 4.0 of Cryptowall ransomware

Security experts are warning that a new version of the notorious and nasty ransomware Cryptowall, dubbed Cryptowall 4.0, has hit the scene. The difference with the new version is that it is able to encrypt specific file...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

Colleges and Universities Are Prime Cyberattack Targets: What’s Behind the Threat?

When it comes to cyberattack targets, many think of retailers and associated credit card transactions or customer information, or perhaps healthcare providers with their ever-increasing storage and transmission of electronic...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #4

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its summary decision in Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille. Affirming the National Labor Relations Board, the Court held that an employee’s Facebook comments about working...more

Could a Vendor’s Lax Info Security Ruin Your Holiday Sales? Seven Preventative Steps for Retailers

Many of the largest retailer data security breaches have been caused or enabled by the acts or omissions of retailers’ vendors, such as the widely publicized incident at Target Corporation. Several such breaches occurred...more

Coordinated Hackers Infiltrate 200 Targeted Employees’ LinkedIn Networks

Cybersecurity researchers at the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (“Dell CTU”) uncovered a network of approximately 25 fake LinkedIn profiles that Dell CTU believes were used by an Iran-linked hacker group to establish at...more

DOJ Disables Malware Designed for Bank-Theft; Unseals Indictment Against Botnet Administrator

On October 13, the DOJ unsealed an indictment against a Moldovan citizen for his alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy to steal confidential financial information by distributing malware software through phishing...more

American Thrift Stores announces data breach

American Thrift Stores announced this week that like other retailers, it has been hit with a security breach “that occurred through software used by a third-party service provider” that allowed “criminals from Easter Europe”...more

1 Billion Android phones vulnerable to new Stagefright bugs

Two new bugs, dubbed Stagefright 2.0 have impacted up to one billion Android phones since 2008. When the bugs are triggered, they allow attackers to use booby-trapped audio or video files to put malicious code on the phones....more

Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Year-Long Data Breach

Trump Hotel Collection, the high-end hotel chain owned by the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful and real estate developer Donald Trump, has confirmed a data security breach involving malware that the company says...more

Don’t Get Locked Out: Is Ransomware a Threat to Your Business?

Ransomware is a type of malware that locks access to a computer and its drives. Many forms of ransomware take complete control of the computer system, encrypt all of the files, and deny access to the system and any files...more

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