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US lottery security director allegedly hacked system to fix draw

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Eddie Raymond Tipton, former security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association in the US, was arrested in January on suspicion of hacking the computer system used to generate random winning numbers. Prosecutors say that there is CCTV footage of him purchasing the still unclaimed winning ticket. Tipton is suspected of… Read more »

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Phishing attacks ensnare victims in 82 seconds

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A recent report by Verizon has found that 82 seconds is all it takes for phishing scams to work on unsuspecting victims. The report looks at almost 80,000 incidents hitting thousands of companies in 2014. The BBC reports that the lead author of the report, Bob Rudis, said that employee… Read more »

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Medical information of 11 million exposed

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Is 2015 the year of the healthcare hack? Health insurer Premera Blue Cross is the latest victim of a hack attack after it found that financial and medical information belonging to upwards of 11 million customers may have been exposed. The news comes just weeks after the large scale data… Read more »

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Healthcare industry new favourite of hackers

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that no industry is immune to cyber attacks, and lately, it seems that healthcare providers are the hackers’ new favourite. Attacks on these organisations have been ramping up in the last few months and a recent report on email trustworthiness found that emails appearing to come… Read more »

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Hotel chain loses credit card data to hackers

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Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has recently confirmed that 45 of its hotels in Europe and the US have been hit by point-of-sale malware. This has resulted in the loss of credit card data, the extent of which is not yet confirmed. A spokesperson for the chain explained, “While the… Read more »

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US Government to launch cyber intelligence agency

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With the threat of cyber attacks increasing daily, the US Government is set to launch a new centralized agency for cyber threat intelligence. According to Advisen, homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco said, “It has become clear that we can do more as a government to quickly consolidate, analyze and provide… Read more »

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North Korea does not deny Sony Pictures hack

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Sony Pictures is working to get back on track after its systems were hacked last week, followed by the online leak of a number of its unreleased movies. Many people believe that the perpetrator could be North Korea, but a spokesman for the the country only replied, “Wait and see,”… Read more »

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Ruling Raises Stakes for Cyberheist Victims

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A Missouri firm that unsuccessfully sued its bank to recover $440,000 stolen in a 2010 cyber heist may now be on the hook to cover the financial institution’s legal fees, an appeals court has ruled. Legal experts say the decision is likely to discourage future victims from pursuing such cases. Choice Escrow… Read more »

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US cyber-thief gets 20-year jail term

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A twenty-two-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in what authorities say is an unprecedented criminal case involving an international cybercrime syndicate with hundreds of thousands of U.S. victims. In addition, he has been ordered to pay $20m (£11.9m) in damages. A federal judge… Read more »

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Kentucky 47th state to enacts Data Breach

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On April 10, 2014, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed H.B.232 into law, making Kentucky the 47th state to enact data breach notification legislation. Prior to H.B. 232, Kentucky was one of only four states—including Alabama, New Mexico, and South Dakota—that had not adopted data breach notification legislation. H.B. 232 also includes… Read more »

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