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Equifax class action suit settled

A Georgia court gave final approval for Equifax’s $380.5 settlement in response to a class action suit brought for the September 2017 data breach that exposed the PII of 148 million customers. Judge Thomas W. Thrash of the Northern District of Georgia ordered Equifax to place the money in a fund from which victims can…

Three GozNym members sentenced domestically, internationally

A three-year-old investigation and prosecution of cybercriminals aligned with the multinational GozNym network resulted last week in the sentencing of a Bulgaria resident in a Pittsburgh federal court. In a related action, a Tbilisi, Georgia court handed down prison sentences of seven and nine years to two Georgian members of the group, following a lengthy trial. In…

Company sued for allegedly hijacking Facebook accounts to serve ads

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, Facebook is accusing a Hong Kong-based company of infecting individuals with malware in order to hijack their Facebook ad accounts and run malicious advertisements at their expense. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media company filed the legal documentation in a San Francisco federal court against ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd.,…

U.S. charges alleged members of “Evil Corp” cybercrime group for Zeus and Dridex campaigns

The U.S. today announced legal and regulatory action against the powerhouse cybercriminal group Evil Corp, filing hacking and bank fraud charges against two of its suspected members. Authorities are also offering a $5 million bounty for information leading to the arrest or conviction of one of the group’s alleged masterminds, 32-year-old Maksim Yakubets of Moscow,…

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Target files $74 million suit against Chubb over breach coverage

The Target has filed a lawsuit against Chubb with the retailer claiming the insurance carrier did not properly compensate it for costs incurred following the 2013 data breach. In the lawsuit Target said the requirement for its banks to replace its customers physical payment cards that were compromised “Constitutes ‘loss of use of tangible property…

Russian who allegedly ran illegal Cardplanet site extradited to U.S.

The alleged operator of a website that sold payment card numbers stolen from hacked entities was hauled into a Virginia federal courtroom yesterday after Israel extradited the defendant, despite reported efforts by Russia to prevent the prisoner from reaching American soil. Russian national Aleksei Burkov, 29, is accused of running Cardplanet, which offered visitors the…

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Two guilty pleas in Uber and Lynda.com hacking case

Two men reportedly face a up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on Wednesday to hacking into Uber’s and Lynda.com’s databases and holding their contents for ransom. According to reports, Brandon Glover of Winter Springs, Florida and Vasile Mereacre of Toronto, Canada, admitted to hacking into the GitHub accounts of Uber…

Facebook sues surveillance tool provider and hosts of hacking websites

Facebook this week filed a lawsuit against a reputed spyware provider that allegedly exploited a WhatsApp vulnerability to enable smartphone hacking, and also pursued legal action against the domain hosts of multiple websites that allegedly offer tools for hacking the social network. On Tuesday, Facebook and its encrypted messaging subsidiary WhatApp filed a complaint against…

Georgia Supreme Court rules that collection of vehicular data requires warrant

The Georgia Supreme Court yesterday ruled that law enforcement must obtain a warrant before pulling data from an automobile as part of a crash investigation, overturning a verdict previously rendered and later upheld by lower courts. The decision stems from the criminal case Mobley v. State, in which defendant Victor Mobley was convicted of two…

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