An official investigation is still on at this moment with the purpose of determining how Poo hacked the well guarded computers at the Federal Reserve and other major financial institutions.
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said this case is an example of how “cybercriminals continue to use their sophistication and skill as hackers to attack our financial and national security sectors.” Read more
Discovered this year in June in Iran, Stuxnet has already infected more then 100000 computer systems world wide and is not as it first seemed a sophisticated windows virus designed to steal data. It apparently contains code targeting Siemens Simatic WinCC SCADA systems, which are control systems that manage pipelines, nuclear plants and various utility and manufacturing equipment. Despite these discoveries, the specific sabotage function has no yet been discovered. Read more
The hospital is notifying every patient that has been in it’s care between April 2009 and September 2010 as it is impossible to determine exactly which patient has been affected out of the 1500 stationed there. The stolen data consists of names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and brief initial diagnosis descriptions from ER visits, according to the hospital. Read more
St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin has announced one if its computer back-ups containing patient records is missing. Notices have been posted around the hospital with inquires of the whereabouts of the drive in question.
According to a hospital spokesman, the Data Protection Office has been notified on October 21 of the data protection breach relating to the loss of this device. The lost data will have no impact on patient care.
‘‘It contained archived copies of the files of a small subset of patients with laryngeal disorders who attended the ear, nose and throat department between 2002 and 2008,” said the spokesman. ‘‘The original patient records are still preserved. The hospital will be contacting all of the laryngeal patients whose details were on the storage device.”
The incident was fully investigated according to the code of practice, and a report would be forwarded to the Data Protection Office.
Measures to prevent the repeat of such incidents involving external data storage devices have been taken.
Employee perpetrated fraud has lost the average company about 5% of it’s revenue in the year 2009, the stealing of company sources representing up to 90% percent of the incidents. Employees tend to be tempted by privileged access to data and commit fraud. According to a report published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) this type of fraud is the most damaging, causing a loss over $4 million.
“They have a high level of access, which gives them a greater opportunity to commit fraud,” Ben Knieff, director of product marketing for fraud products at Actimize said.
In order to prevent such fraud there are a few proactive steps a company can take: Read more
Graves also changed the home addresses of bank customers to New York addresses in order for Reid to be able to retrieve the goods she had purchased from high end retails stores, using the stolen accounts. Read more