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Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

Jul. 15, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

Health care provider warns of possible data breach

Jul. 15, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A health care provider in Maine is warning patients of a potential data breach. The Bangor Daily News reports that a Penobscot Community Health Care spokesman says a third party collection agency may have exposed the personal and credit card information of some patients. The provider...

Clemson and other universities work to improve cybersecurity

Jul. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — This spring, a batch of tests were sent to 100 Clemson University faculty and staff emails in an attempt to access private and personal information. A fourth of the emails were blocked by the security system and several additional recipients alerted the university to the phishing...

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

Jul. 13, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds...

Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach

Jul. 11, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than 10 million people across the country. The settlement , negotiated with the...

Correction: Britain-Porn Block story

Jul. 11, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story July 10 about Britain's planned online "porn block," The Associated Press reported erroneously that James Clark was the spokesman for MindGeek. He is the AgeID spokesman. A corrected version of the story is below: UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case The global...

Marriott faces $123 million fine in UK for data breach

Jul. 9, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Marriott says it will fight a $123 million U.K. government fine related to its massive data breach. Marriott has the right to respond to the proposed fine before a final determination is made by the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office. The agency says the breach violated the...

British Airways faces $229 million fine over data breach

Jul. 8, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways is facing a 183 million-pound ($229 million) fine over a breach that compromised information on half a million customers — the biggest penalty to date under new, tougher regulations and one that is likely to be seen as a test case for companies that fail to secure big...

Server image mystery in Georgia election security case

Jul. 3, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

The case of whether hackers may have tampered with elections in Georgia has taken another strange turn. Nearly two years ago, state lawyers in a closely watched election integrity lawsuit told the judge they intended to subpoena the FBI for the forensic image, or digital snapshot, the agency made of a crucial...

Sheriff: DCF employee behind data breach affecting 2,000

Jul. 3, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Investigators say a Florida Department of Children and Family Services employee is accused of leaking personal data to six people in an organized fraud ring. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the data breach affected 2,000 people, and has already amounted to $260,000 in retail...