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Georgia man sentenced to prison for hacking iClouds of athletes and musicians

A Georgia man who used various phishing and social engineering attacks to break into the iCloud accounts of professional athletes and musicians was sentenced to three years in prison. Kwamaine Jerell Ford, 27, hacked into more than 100 Apple accounts belonging to high-profile individuals and spent nearly $325,000 using stolen financial information from several of…

Man arrested for hacking Bulgaria’s tax agency released with reduced charges

The man accused of breaching Bulgaria’s tax agency has been released and charged on lesser counts. Kristian Boykov 20-year-old Bulgarian cybersecurity worker was arrested in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week on a charge of computer crime against critical infrastructure, which carries a maximum sentence of eight years in jail, after gaining unauthorized access to the data of…

Premera Blue Cross to cough up $10 million to 30 states over data breach

Premera Blue Cross has consented to pay $10 million as compensation for a nearly year-long data breach that impacted more than 10.4 million health patients, the Washington state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced yesterday. More than half of those funds, roughly $5.4 million, will be allocated to Washington, and will be applied toward the enforcement…

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…

Data breach forces AMCA’s parent firm to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The medical bill collection firm Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection citing the fallout from a massive data breach that exposed the information of millions of patients. Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau Inc., which collects debts from medical labs under the name American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) filed in the Southern District…

Philly Courts shut down by unspecified malware

Not even a month after ransomware struck the city of Baltimore, an unspecified malware attack shut down Philadelphia’s online court systems for weeks forcing attorneys to file paperwork in person, longer lines, and even jury duty excusals being granted via Twitter. The problems started on May 21 when the malware was discovered in “a limited…

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…

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