Data Privacy and Security Weekly

Compiled by: Richard Sheinis, Esq.

Security firm: Hacking group SamSam primarily targeting US organizations with ransomware attacks 
The Hill

The hacking group behind the costly cyberattack that shut down many of the Atlanta’s computer systems earlier this year is primarily targeting …

Jason Chaffetz: Apple’s Tim Cook is right: Americans’ privacy should be treated as a fundamental … 
Fox News

Calling the efforts of technology companies to collect, store, and sell our personal data “surveillance,” Apple CEO Tim Cook last week called for federal …

Chinese intelligence officers charged in US with jet engine hacking conspiracy 
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two Chinese intelligence officers and a group of alleged hackers have been charged in San Diego on accusations of infiltrating the computer

Facebook’s London security event suffers a security flaw 
Financial News

Another day, another data breach at Facebook, but this one really is embarrassing. The social network giant, still reeling from the …

Eurostar forces all customers to reset passwords after data breach 

Eurostar has yet to confirm how many people have been affected by this data breach or whether any data has been taken. The company has reported …

Pakistani bank denies losing $6 million in country’s ‘biggest cyber attack’ 

… cards system but denied reports of having lost an alleged $6 million in what local press have called the biggest cyber-attack in the country’s history.

Health data breach affects thousands 

A warning from experts following news of another data breach. This time affecting the state of Missouri. The Missouri Health Department and Senior …

Cathay Pacific data leak: airline warns customers to guard against phishing attempts 
South China Morning Post

“We are aware that attempted phishing is taking place, and would like to remind people that emails related to this data security event will only be sent …

Facebook fined $644000, — the max allowed — over data privacy scanda

But it’s the maximum penalty allowed under the law at the time the breach occurred. Had the scandal taken place after new EU data protection rules …

Personal data for 10000 Missourians exposed, including some Social Security numbers 
Kansas City Star

The Missouri health department is mailing letters to about 10,000 people whose personal information — including in some cases Social Security …