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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…

Tesla suing self-driving startup Zoox and former employees for data theft

Tesla is accusing self-driving car startup Zoox and former employees of stealing trade secrets. The automaker is suing the start-up and the bunch claiming the employees gave Zoox Tesla’s logistics info to Zoox, while another gave Tesla’s autopilot code to Xiaopeng Motors. Two lawsuits were filed this week with one claiming employees stole “proprietary information…