Sep 182014

John Hult reports: A former Sioux Falls Fire Rescue division chief is facing felony computer hacking charges for accessing internal fire department documents, including emails involving the president of the local firefighters union. Patrick Eugene Warren, 47, is charged with 10 felony and five misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a computer for offenses between [...]

Sep 172014

Julie Sherwood reports: Some 81,000 residents in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region were victims of identity theft in 2012, according to the most recent federal data. On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer released data regarding identity theft in announcing his push for a new Social Security Identity Theft Bill of Rights. The bill would give seniors [...]

Sep 172014

Chris Crum reports: Yelp reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the violation of child privacy law. The company had enabled kids under 13 (some even 9 and under reportedly) to sign up for its service, collecting their email addresses with parental consent. This apparently went on from 2009 to 2013. Yelp [...]

Sep 162014

Brian Krebs writes: One of the risks of using social media networks is having information you intend to share with only a handful of friends be made available to everyone. Sometimes that over-sharing happens because friends betray your trust, but more worrisome are the cases in which a social media platform itself exposes your data in the name of marketing. [...]

Sep 082014

Hilary Niles reports a settlement between Vermont and Aaron’s, a firm that was charged by the FTC and sued civilly by customers over the use of remotely activated spyware that captured images of customers. As reported on this blog in numerous previous entries, the software enabled the franchises to locate lost or stolen laptops, but [...]

Sep 062014

walakelliejones reports: Fox10 News has discovered an investigation is underway to find out whether or not Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie violated federal law by allegedly giving city residents’ personal information to a political campaign. Two Mobilians, Anitra Diamond and Lebarron Yates, have filed claims against Mobile County officials. In their claims, they state [...]