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Virginia notifies breach victims

The Virginia Department of Health Professions this week began notifying about 530,000 people whose Social Security number was part of records that may have been exposed when hackers gained access to the agency's Prescription Monitoring Program database. The agency learned of the compromise when it received letters that the culprits were demanding a $10 million ransom be paid, or they would release some eight million patient records. State officials still are unsure what information may be at risk but said they are sending the letters as a precaution. — DK
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UC Berkeley suffers breach

Hackers breached a server in the health services center at the University of California, Berkeley, and accessed the personal data of more than 160,000 people, the college announced Friday. The stored database records included Social Security numbers and health insurance and other medical information. The intruders, believed to be based overseas, burrowed their way in through a public website. The breach, which began in October and continued through April, affected former Berkeley students and possibly their spouses or parents if they were linked to insurance coverage. — DK
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JP Morgan breach query

Two U.S. congressmen sent a letter Wednesday to James Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, that demanded details surrounding the recent loss of a data tape containing personal information on customers of the financial services firm. Republican Reps. Joe Barton of Texas and George Radanovich of California want to know how many customers were impacted, how many so far have been notified, whether all have been offered one year of free credit monitoring services and what those services entail. The tape went missing from one of JP Morgan Chase's off-site storage facilities, according to the letter. The lawmakers set an Oct. 31 deadline for a response. — DK
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FAA systems breached

Hackers breached a computer server belonging to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), exposing 48 files, which included the personal information of more than 45,000 employees and retirees, the agency announced Monday. The FAA has taken steps to prevent future attacks and is working with law enforcement to catch the culprits, who did not access any systems related to air traffic control. — DK
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Systems breached at Antioch University

About 70,000 current and former staff and students at Antioch University, which has six campuses across four states, had their personal information potentially exposed to...
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California breach law rises

The California State Senate has passed a law, SB-20, that would require breached organizations to provide victims with additional information. The legislation would mandate that companies tell customers what type of personal information was breached and when the breach occurred. Currently, the state's pioneering SB-1386 law requires the breached entity to only say that a compromise occurred. The new bill, introduced by state Democrat Sen. Joe Simitian, who also sponsored SB-1386, is now up for approval in the state Assembly. — DK
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Sony faces new lawsuit following PSN hack

A new class-action lawsuit filed against Sony in the wake of the massive PlayStation Network/Qriocity breach claims the company fired security workers just days before the breach occurred.
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