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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…

Court doc: Equifax allegedly used insecure password ‘admin’ to protect portal

Failing to patch a critical vulnerability in its Apache Struts software was not the only major security oversight committed by Equifax in the lead-up to a highly damaging data breach in 2017, according to a document filed as part of a securities fraud class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year. An order and opinion filed last…

U.K. man arrested for allegedly hacking musicians, selling their songs

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. for allegedly hacking into musicians’ websites and cloud accounts, then stealing and selling their unreleased songs. The investigation actually commenced “across the pond,” in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which ultimately partnered with the City of London Police upon learning that a suspect was based in…

Authorities arrest 281 alleged BEC scammers in ‘Operation reWired’ campaign

Law enforcement officials at home and abroad have arrested 281 individuals over a span of four months, in a massive crackdown on various business email compromise scams, the Justice Department announced yesterday. Dubbed Operation reWired, the coordinated campaign began in May 2019 and has resulted in 72 arrests in the U.S., and 167 in Nigeria,…

Google fined $170M for allegedly improper collection of kids’ data from YouTube channels

The Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General’s office today announced that Google and its subsidiary YouTube agreed to an unprecedented $170 million in fines for allegedly using cookies to harvest personal data from minors without parental consent and then serve behavioral ads based on this information. Such actions are in violation of the…

Woman accused of hacking Capital One indicted for alleged cyber intrusions, cryptojacking

A federal grand jury in Seattle yesterday indicted alleged Capital One data thief Paige Thompson in relation to a series of breaches and cryptojacking attacks that victimized more than 30 different companies. The indictment alleges that Thompson, 33, created a software program that identifies web application firewall misconfigurations while scanning the publicly-facing portion of servers…

Authorities free 850,000 machines from grasp of Retadup worm

Law enforcement authorities rescued roughly 850,000 machines that were infected with Retadup malware by replacing the command-and-control infrastructure with a disinfection server, causing the worm to self-destruct. The operation took place last July under the auspices of the French National Gendarmerie’s Cybercrime Fighting Center and the FBI, and was significantly aided by researchers at Avast,…

Caught in a bad romance: Feds indict 80 alleged members of romance/BEC scam ring

Federal prosecutors today unsealed a 252-count indictment against 80 individuals – mostly Nigerian nationals – who allegedly conspired to bilk at least $46 million from victims via romance scams, business email compromises and other online fraud schemes. The grand jury indictment was filed in the Central District of California back in October 2018 and unsealed…

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