NEW JERSEY – Multiple state agencies left confidential information on computers set to be sold at auction, according to a report from Comptroller Matthew Boxer. The auction was halted after the blunder was discovered, but officials warned that the state may have inadvertently released sensitive data in the past.
HOUSTON – A computer prankster recently hacked into an electronic traffic sign and changed the word “detour” to “poop.” The hacker later reprogrammed the sign to read “LOL.” The disruption is punishable by a fine of up to $500, the Texas Department of Transportation has warned.
LANCASTER, OHIO – Hackers gained access to the Walnut Township School District payroll records, putting some school personnel at risk of identity theft. The hackers accessed the 2008 payroll records before being detected. The district has begun notifying approximately 80 individuals affected.
SANTA ANA, CALIF. – A 21-year-old Tesoro High School graduate was sentenced to 30 days in jail for orchestrating an elaborate cheating scheme. Omar Khan was also ordered to pay nearly $15,000 in restitution for repeatedly breaking into his school and hacking into the district’s network to change grades and steal tests.
DES PLAINES, ILL. – Maryville Academy, a social service agency that serves abused children, revealed that three computer files containing personal and medical information of 3,900 children have gone missing. It is not known whether the files were stolen or misplaced.
INDIA – Bangalore plans to establish a second appellate tribunal for trying cybercrime cases to complement the existing court in New Delhi. So far that tribunal has heard more than 25 cases, mostly involving financial fraud. Bangalore also hosted the nation’s second Cyber Security Summit last month.
GERMANY – A new version of the SpyEye trojan is targeting German bank customers to steal transaction authentication numbers sent to their phones. Users are tricked into installing malware on their devices, which enables criminals to hijack the codes, used as an additional factor to approve bank transactions.
U.K. – The Metropolitan Police’s cybercrime unit expects to save the nation about 500 million pounds over the next four years thanks to 30 million pounds of new funding. The earmark will enable the 41-person unit to double its staff and create regional centers for investigations.
ISRAEL – A group of defense experts are compiling a national strategy for protecting the Jewish state’s government, military and corporate networks against cyberattack. The team, led by a retired general and cyberwarfare expert, was expected to present its findings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late last month.
KENYA – Cheaper high-speed internet access has contributed to a rise in cybercrime, according to the Ministry of Information and Communication Secretary Bitange Ndemo. The official said the introduction of fiber optic cable to replace satellite has made web usage more widespread, particularly on mobile devices.