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The former comptroller of a Louisiana community college has been sent to prison for wire fraud after abusing her network access to issue fraudulent refunds. Carol Bates admitted committing wire fraud from 2013 to 2016 while working at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC). The 50-year-old Shreveport resident conspired with her sister Audrey Williams and nine
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A vengeful former staff member of a San Jose sports stadium concessionaire has admitted carrying out a costly cyber-attack against his ex-employer after losing his job.  Salvatore A. La Rosa worked for Spectra Food Services and Hospitality from Valentine’s Day 2015 until his termination on January 6, 2020. Spectra was the concessions contractor for California’s Earthquakes Stadium, home of
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The number of month-on-month healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records reported in the United States was halved in January, according to new research by the HIPAA Journal. While December 2020 saw 62 such incidents recorded, only 32 were recorded in January 2021. The 32 breaches occurred across 18 states. Florida, where six of the
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The United States has arrested six alleged members of an international fraud and money-laundering ring that deployed spoofing, catfishing, and COVID-19 relief scams to con victims out of $55m. The defendants are accused of creating fake identities to trick companies, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and old folks searching for romance online into wiring funds to bank
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Kia Motors America has said a recent computer network outage problem was not caused by a ransomware attack. IT outages began on Saturday, impacting both Kia and affiliated automaker Hyundai Motor America, both of which are owned by the South Korea–based Hyundai Motor Group. The issues experienced by Hyundai were not as severe as those
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by Paul Ducklin Journalist Liam Thorp, who writes for the Liverpool Echo in England, recently published an amusing story that he subtitled, “Hilarious mix-up may have highlighted a potential issue with the vaccine roll-out.” As you can imagine, medical mix-ups rarely end well, especially when they involve calculations that determine drug doses. But, fortunately for
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The owner of two companies based in Virginia has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a million-dollar fraud scheme, engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, and receipt of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).  Gordon G. Miller III, of Glen Allen, is the sole owner and operator of software engineering company G3 Systems Inc. and self-described venture capital company
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Maryland cybersecurity company Bridge Inc. has been acquired by technology solutions provider Applied Insight LLC. The acquisition of the Hanover-based firm was announced today, though terms of the deal were not disclosed. Baird acted as exclusive financial adviser to Bridges on the transaction. News of the deal came to light 12 months and five days after
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A South African man has admitted carrying out a cyber-harassment campaign against his neighbors in an attempt to extort money.  Residents of the same quiet street in a Durban suburb that Dharmesh Singh calls home were subjected to weeks of abuse with no idea that the person behind it was their immediate neighbor.  Twenty-three-year-old Singh used
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Educational establishments offering the best cybersecurity instruction in the United Kingdom have been recognized by Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  Under the NCSC’s CyberFirst Schools initiative, fourteen schools and sixth-form colleges across the country have been issued with special awards for the quality of their teaching. In Wales, gold, silver, and bronze awards were received
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Restaurants and food delivery services are being ripped off by a new made-to-order fraud scheme taking place on the messaging app Telegram. Research and analysis from Sift’s Digital Trust and Safety Architects found that bad actors are advertising heavily discounted food and beverage delivery services on the app’s forums. After receiving an order, the cyber-criminals pay
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by Sally Adam Usually, when Safer Internet Day comes around, the cybersecurity situation hasn’t changed much from the year before, so it doesn’t feel like much of a reason to do anything special. But that’s not the case in 2021, thanks to the lifestyle changes that the coronavirus pandemic has brought around the world. In
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A Ukrainian man will spend the next seven years in prison in the United States for helping Eastern European computer hackers to obtain and launder millions of dollars in stolen funds.  Odessa resident Aleksandr Musienko partnered with the hackers to steal over $3m from online bank accounts and businesses in the United States, then launder the
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Three men in Baltimore County have been accused of impersonating Massachusetts pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Moderna to sell fake COVID-19 vaccines.  Twenty-two-year-old Owings Mills resident Kelly Lamont Williams, together with cousins and Windsor Mill residents 22-year-old Olakitan Oluwalade and 25-year-old Odunayo Baba Oluwalade, also known as Olaki and Baba respectively, were arrested on February 11.  A criminal complaint unsealed
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by Lisa Ventura This guest post is by Lisa Ventura, founder and CEO of the UK Cyber Security Association, a not-for-profit that raises awareness of the importance of cybersecurity for small and medium-sized businesses. Online fraud is a huge challenge for businesses and consumers alike as cybercriminals continue to develop new mechanisms to separate innocent
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Twitter has been issued a non-compliance notice by the Indian government for failing to block accounts used to spread misinformation and provoke violence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered Twitter to block over 1,000 Twitter accounts after political protestors stormed Delhi’s Red Fort and clashed with police on January 26, India’s Republic Day.  Twitter only partially complied with
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Tenable Holdings today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Active Directory security startup Alsid SAS for $98m in cash. Alsid specializes in providing a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that monitors the security of Active Directory in real time. The company was founded in France in 2016 by two former incident responders from the French National
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A US Army Cyber Command major has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Jason Michael Musgrove, of Grovetown, Georgia, was arrested in December 2019. At the time of his apprehension by law enforcement officers, the 41-year-old was serving as an integrated threat operations officer with Top