Crooks crack customer info at tracking device vendor Tile, issue ‘extortion’ demands

June 12, 2024 at 09:19PM Life360, the company behind Tile Bluetooth tracking devices and apps, reported a “criminal extortion attempt” after unauthorized access to customer data. The breach accessed names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers, but not more sensitive info. The CEO’s statement did not reveal ransom amount or whether paid. Law enforcement has been … Read more

BetterHelp Customers Begin Receiving Refund Notices From $7.8M Data Privacy Settlement, FTC Says

May 9, 2024 at 08:57AM BetterHelp customers are now able to claim refunds from a $7.8 million settlement after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission accused the company of sharing sensitive health data with advertisers. Around 800,000 individuals are eligible for refunds of approximately $10 each, covering services used between August 2017 and December 2020. Notifications … Read more

Hacker Sentenced After Years of Extorting Psychotherapy Patients

May 2, 2024 at 04:05PM Finnish national Aleksanteri Kivimäki was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for stealing thousands of patient records from a psychotherapy clinic. Kivimäki, known online as “Zeekill,” demanded ransom from the clinic’s patients and caused a significant rise in Finland’s crime figures. He was arrested in France and … Read more

13.4M Kaiser Insurance Members Affected by Data Leak to Online Advertisers

April 29, 2024 at 04:09PM Kaiser Permanente reported a data breach affecting 13.4 million insurance members. Improperly implemented tracking code on their websites and mobile apps shared personal data with third-party advertisers such as Google and Microsoft. While not a hacking event, this breach raises security concerns, according to Narayana Pappu, CEO at Zendata, due … Read more

Google location tracking deal could be derailed by politics

April 16, 2024 at 06:51AM The proposed $62 million settlement between Google and users object as insufficient and raise concerns of ties between Google and beneficiaries, the politics of organizations, and a lack of consent for fund allocation. Attorney Theodore Frank argues for individual payments and questions the proposed recipients. A hearing is scheduled for … Read more

US Cancer Center Data Breach Impacting 800,000

April 4, 2024 at 09:30AM City of Hope Cancer treatment and research center has notified over 800,000 individuals of a data breach compromising personal and health information. The breach occurred between Sept 19 and Oct 12, 2023. Stolen data includes names, dates of birth, and financial and medical information. City of Hope has taken steps … Read more

AT&T faces lawsuits over data breach affecting 73 million customers

April 3, 2024 at 12:33PM AT&T faces multiple class-action lawsuits over a massive data breach exposing 73 million customers’ sensitive data. Allegations include failure to protect personal information, delayed acknowledgment of the breach, and exacerbating the situation over two-and-a-half years. The lawsuits seek damages, improved security, audits, and credit monitoring services. Other plaintiffs’ lawsuits may … Read more

London Clinic probes claim staffer tried to peek at Princess Kate’s records

March 20, 2024 at 12:09PM The London Clinic is investigating an alleged attempt by an employee to access the medical records of the Princess of Wales. The breach only involves records for Kate Middleton. The Information Commissioner’s Office has confirmed receiving a breach report and is assessing the information provided. The incident has led to … Read more

FTC Slams Avast with $16.5 Million Fine for Selling Users’ Browsing Data

February 22, 2024 at 10:39PM The U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined antivirus vendor Avast $16.5 million for selling users’ browsing data to advertisers despite claiming to block online tracking. Avast is banned from selling web browsing data for advertising and must notify affected users. Misleading privacy practices led to public backlash and the termination of … Read more

Avast shells out $17M to shoo away claims it peddled people’s personal data

February 22, 2024 at 08:04PM Avast has agreed to pay $16.5 million after the FTC accused the antivirus vendor of selling customer data to third parties. The company must destroy web browsing data transferred to its subsidiary, Jumpshot, and obtain express consent for data licensing from users. Avast disputes the allegations but has settled with … Read more