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A Lynnwood-based debt-collection company has been sued for compromising the names and the Social Security information of more than 3.7 million individuals in a data breach back in April 2021.
The potential vulnerabilities found in charging stations run the gamut, from skimming someone's credit card information, locking a charging station or a network of charging stations or hacking into the larger electrical grid.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement accidentally posted personal identity information and locations of more than 6,000 immigrants currently in agency custody to its website this week.
With online sales expected to reach $236 billion this year, an increase of more than 15.5 percent over last year, this increase is good news for retailers but may present increased opportunities for cyber criminals.
Global tensions are prompting state and local governments to deepen focus on their abilities to prevent, withstand and recover from cyber incidents, and many are particularly concerned about risks to sensitive data, according to a new report.
Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order this week banning the use of the popular social media platform TikTok on state-issued devices. Noem cited concerns about the platform’s connection to the Chinese government.
To deal with staffing issues along with ever-changing cybersecurity threats, public-sector agencies at all levels should consider using a security operations center-as-a-service solution to protect networks and control costs.
The cyber incident continues to disrupt services like accepting payments and issuing and processing permits. The county says it is looking for fixes and actively investigating the incident with the help of third-party specialists.
Tehama County, home to the city of Red Bluff, is warning residents that their personal information may have been compromised in the recent breach of the Department of Social Services’ databanks.
The Federal Communications Commission has imposed new limits on Chinese telecommunication companies — Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. — citing concerns about cybersecurity risks to U.S. networks.
The framework gives advice and resources for improving the security and resilience of critical infrastructure. Updates include guidance on bringing diverse opinions into planning efforts plus drought-related risks.
The Dallas Central Appraisal District website has been down for more than two weeks after being hit by a ransomware attack, and there’s still no word on when the site might be available to the public again.
An apparent cybersecurity breach has caused Iowa PBS to cancel the remainder of its annual fall fundraising pledge drive, with a spokesman confirming the problems resulting from the issue this week.
A petition filed with the South Carolina Supreme Court alleges that automatic license plate readers are part of a growing system of “unlawful and unaccountable surveillance” overseen by the state’s Law Enforcement Division.
Election-related disinformation built on strategies tested in 2020, and its believers remain a strong community, those watching the space say. Though voters rejected many election denier candidates, there is still cause for concern.