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NYTimes.com goes offline following cyber attack

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The New York Times has said that it has suffered a “malicious external attack” sending its website down for the second time in just a few weeks. The previous incident, which took place on August 14th, was caused by a technical problem. The BBC reports that investigators believe the attack… Read more »

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California escrow firm closes after detrimental cyberheist

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Efficient Services Escrow Group, a Huntington Beach-based escrow firm has been forced to close its doors and lay off its entire staff after hackers fraudulently wired funds on three separate occasions, stealing approximately $1.5m from the company. The first attack took place in December 2012 when nearly half a million… Read more »

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Interactive data breach graphic

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This helpful infographic shows the world’s biggest data breaches in the last decade. Courtesy of Information is Beautiful… simply click on graphic to get started.

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Six fired after California hospital privacy breach

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Five workers and a student researcher at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood have been fired for viewing the private medical records of 14 patients, including those of celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian. All patients were notified of the privacy breach, which occurred between June 18th and June 24th. Kardashian gave… Read more »

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FDA calls for more secure medical devices

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for medical device makers to protect their products from cyber attacks, Scientific American has reported. Because computer viruses, which are growing evermore common, do not differentiate between laptop computers or hospital machinery, there is growing concern that malware could affect everything from… Read more »

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1,350 medical records mistakenly published on hospital website

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Over 1,300 Sonoma Valley Hospital patients have been told that some of their private medical information was mistakenly posted on the hospital’s website. The file contained the name, surgeon, date of procedure, hospital charges and insurance company name of patients who had surgery at the California hospital between July 1st,… Read more »

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1,400 medical records go missing in Miami

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Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, has offered more than 1,400 patients free credit protection services after their medical records went missing in January. The documents were either on their way to be scanned electronically or returning from that process when they disappeared. The Hospital’s Chief Executive Carlos Migoya said… Read more »

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Britain is losing the war on cyber crime according to head of City of London Police

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Online fraud is rising “exponentially,” with the largest number of attacks originating from Eastern Europe and Russia. That’s according to Adrian Leppard, head of City of London Police, who admitted that the police were struggling to keep up with increasingly sophisticated internet criminals. Advisen reports that half of all fraud… Read more »

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Small bakery suffers data breach

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A small New England cafe chain believes hackers may have breached its payment system. The Works Bakery Cafe is in the process of telling customers that their data may be at risk after it discovered its point-of-sale computers had been infected. Advisen reports that the hack is part of a… Read more »

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New York Times claims infiltration by Chinese hackers

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The New York Times says that it has repeatedly come under the attack of Chinese hackers over the last four months, reports the BBC. The newspaper says that the attacks coincided with a report it ran which claimed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had amassed a multi-billion dollar fortune. Jiabao was… Read more »

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