Oct 312018
 October 31, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Healthcare

Haneen Dajani reports:

Health organisations that invade patients’ privacy by sharing footage from surgeries face being hit with a fine of up to Dh1 million, under a proposed UAE law announced by the Federal National Council on Tuesday.

Council members have passed draft legislation to govern the use of technology in health services – after a rise in the number of cases of medical procedures being filmed and posted on social media.

The law will protect patients’ data and ensure sensitive footage is only shared after consent is given.

Health authorities that flout the law could be hit by written warning, or a fine ranging from Dh1,000 and Dh1 million – and have their medical license suspended for six months.

Read more on TheNational.ae.

Note: Dh1 million = US $272,245.00

Oct 312018
 October 31, 2018  Posted by  Govt, Non-U.S.

CTV reports:

Statistics Canada is defending its attempt to obtain sensitive banking details of more than 500,000 Canadians without their consent.

The agency says it is trying to compel Canadian banks to hand over the financial records of some customers as part of a new program to track financial data.

Data sought by Statistics Canada includes account balances, debit and credit transactions, mortgage payments and e-transfers. The agency has already obtained personal financial information from the TransUnion credit bureau.

Read more on CTV.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is now investigating.

Oct 312018
 October 31, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, U.S.

Dominic Patten reports:

Updated with Megyn Kelly tweets: Playing out in the press and social media as much as the conference room, it looks like negotiations over Megyn Kelly’s departure from NBC News have taken a bad turn yet again – and the ex-morning show host’sattorney wants the big boys to step in if news boss Andy Lack can’t or won’t stop the leaks. At the same time, Kelly herself is accusing certain outlets of crossing the privacy line in regards to her family.

Read more on Deadline Hollywood.  I share her upset about the media taking pics of her kids and following her kids to school, etc. Leave the kids out of it.

Oct 302018
 October 30, 2018  Posted by  Breaches, Online

Children and young adults seem particularly susceptible to sextortion—when a victim is threatened with the release of private and sensitive information unless sexual favors, nude photos, or other demands are met.

But two unrelated cyberstalking crimes committed months apart and hundreds of miles away from each other serve as a reminder of the dangers of compromising personal photos being in the wrong hands, no matter the age of the victim.

In Houston, Heriberto Latigo repeatedly used nude photos of his ex-girlfriend to coerce her to have sex with him. In Crescent, Oklahoma, Troy Allen Martin similarly blackmailed his victim for $50,000.

Both men were eventually convicted and sentenced to prison for their crimes under federal cyberstalking statutes. The harm they caused their victims, however, may never be undone. Such crimes are occurring more frequently, especially among younger victims.

Latigo not only demanded sex, he also sent his victim horrible images and threatening messages. He sent the nude photos to the victim’s sister and male co-workers, and created a disturbing Facebook page that included deeply personal information about the victim.

“It’s a violent crime; he just used cyber tools to carry it out,” said Special Agent Christopher Petrowski of the FBI’s Houston office, who worked the Latigo case.

Latigo’s victim approached local police several times. The case was complicated and the victim’s story changed a number of times, in part because of pressure from Latigo, Petrowski said, making it difficult for local authorities to help effectively. She turned to the FBI, visiting the Houston office in person in spring 2015.

“When someone walks in with a story like that, it’s very emotional and difficult to figure out right away,” Petrowski said. “They’re hurting. This went on for more than a year.”

It took some time for the FBI and federal prosecutors to determine that Latigo had likely violated federal cyberstalking laws. The FBI sent letters to social media companies to preserve certain records in order to prevent Latigo from covering his tracks. Agents also served search warrants, seizing computer equipment from his home.

“By taking this one guy off the street, we may have prevented countless future sexual assaults. We also gave past victims some closure, which local authorities legitimately couldn’t do.”

Christopher Petrowski, special agent, FBI Houston

Members of Houston’s Innocent Images Task Force—which investigates child pornography—helped search Latigo’s electronics. They uncovered photos and were able to document that Latigo accessed social media sites from the machines.

During the course of the investigation, Petrowski discovered that other victims had filed similar complaints with local police. Although Latigo wasn’t charged in other cases, it was important to the investigation that his name was mentioned in other police reports, Petrowski said. “These other victims, who did not know each other and have never met, effectively corroborated this pattern of behavior,” he said.

Latigo was arrested in June 2015 and convicted on a federal stalking charge—using the Internet to cause substantial emotional distress—in October 2017. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison in March.

“This guy is a predator, and he targeted her from the first time they met. He had a pattern,” Petrowski said. “By taking this one guy off the street, we may have prevented countless future sexual assaults. We also gave past victims some closure, which local authorities legitimately couldn’t do.”

“He was just harassing this lady, causing severe emotional distress. He was relentless.”

Ken Western, special agent, FBI Oklahoma City

In Oklahoma, the victim came to the FBI’s attention in a different manner. Bank employees in Ardmore filed a federal suspicious activity report with federal authorities after the victim showed up at the bank seeking to wire $40,000.

The victim was on the phone with Martin when she arrived at the bank. When asked for a destination bank for the wire transfer, Martin refused to tell his victim and insisted on speaking to the teller instead. The bank refused to handle the transaction.

When the wire transfer was denied, Martin told his victim to withdraw $50,000 in cash. The bank complied with the victim’s request, but urged her to speak to police about the obvious coercion. Bank officials also filed the suspicious activity report, which ended up with the FBI.

“That’s a significant amount of money,” said Special Agent Ken Western, who worked the case from the FBI’s Oklahoma City office. “The bank thought if he was requesting money by phone, maybe it was a threatening communication. So they reported it.”

The FBI reached out to the victim, who showed agents numerous text messages and played voicemails from Martin. He repeatedly said he would share nude photos he had taken of her unless she gave him money. Despite receiving $50,000, Martin also demanded a relationship and sex with the victim.

“He was just harassing this lady, causing severe emotional distress. He was relentless,” Western said.

As in the Latigo case, Martin had other victims as well. He even sent the nude photos of his victim to another victim to show he was serious.

Investigators found victims through protection orders that had been filed against Martin. That information helped show a pattern of behavior. Martin found several of his victims through a dating site for divorced adults.

Martin pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking in October 2017. A federal judge sentenced him to 33 months’ imprisonment in April.

“This goes on a lot,” Western said, adding that people should not share intimate photos over the Internet or social media sites. “This lady lost $50,000, and she was extremely distressed. I hope other people will think twice about it.”

Victims in both cases received support through the FBI’s Victim Services Division.

Source: FBI