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Jury awards Minneapolis officer punitive damages for illegal searches of her DMV records

A federal jury last week awarded a Minneapolis policewoman $585,000 after determining that fellow city employees, including other law enforcement officers, repeatedly accessed her DMV records without any legal justification. Officer Amy Krekelberg originally filed suit in a Minnesota federal district court in 2013, alleging multiple violations of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act from 2009…

Court unseals indictment against alleged Darkode hacking forum members

An American and three Europeans have been charged with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud for allegedly distributing malware on the now-defunct Darkode computer hacking forum. A District of Columbia federal court this week unsealed an indictment against the four individuals, who are identified as Thomas McCormick (aka fubar), 26,…

Premera Blue Cross reaches proposed $72M settlement with 2014 breach victims

Health insurance company Premera Blue Cross has agreed to a $72 million proposed settlement that would resolve a contentious class-action lawsuit stemming from a 2014 data breach affecting roughly 10.6 million people. Pending court approval and barring further appeals, the deal would require Premera to pay $42 million to fund comprehensive remedial measures and injunctive…

Legislators block California data protection expansion

California lawmakers Thursday blocked expansion of data privacy law handing a victory to the tech industry collection, storage and use of consumer information. The proposed expansion would have given customers the right to know what data companies were collecting from them as well as the right to delete and restrict the sell of information. The…

Ten indicted in U.S. as authorities crack down on GozNym banking trojan network

A coordinated international law enforcement operation in the U.S. and Europe has dismantled the GozNym cybercriminal network responsible for infecting roughly 41,000 computers with banking malware and stealing approximately $100 million from victims. A U.S. federal indictment unsealed today charges 10 individuals with conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank…

Two Romanians convicted for roles in Bayrob malware operation

Two Romanian nationals were convicted in an Ohio federal court on Thursday for their roles in the Bayrob group, an organization that launched a multi-million-dollar cybercriminal operation fueled by its own proprietary malware. Bogdan Nicolescu, 36, and Radu Miclaus, 37, were found guilty on separate 21 counts for developing and spreading the Bayrob trojan, which…

Motel 6 to pay $12M for sharing guest info with ICE

Motel 6 will pay a $12 million settlement to Washington state after employees at several of the chain’s locations shared information – without a warrant – on 80,000 guests in the state with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over a two-year period. “Motel 6’s actions tore families apart and violated the privacy rights of tens…

Microsoft grabs APT35/Charming Kitten websites in court ordered take down

Working under a court order Microsoft seized control of 99 websites allegedly controlled by the Iranian hacker group APT 35. Charming Kitten has been associated with Iran. Microsoft obtained clearance to take action against APT35 (aka Phosphorus, Charming Kitten, Ajax Security Team) by the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. after the company took legal…

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