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Hacker Convicted in California of Breaking into More Than 100K Amex Accounts

A federal jury in Sacramento, Calif. has convicted a hacker accused of breaking into more than 100,000 of American Express accounts and handing off funds to Russia. The Sacramento Bee reported that 37-year-old Mihran Melkonyan on Tuesday was found guilty …

California College Pays Hacker Ransom for Compromised Student Data

A California community college has paid a $28,000 ransom after a hacker took student data hostage. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that 1,800 Los Angeles Valley College teachers and staff were locked out of their computers last week, leaving …

Los Angeles County Email Hack Exposes Data of 750K people

Officials say a Nigerian national has been charged in connection with a hack of Los Angeles County emails that might have exposed personal data from more than 750,000 people who had business with county departments. The district attorney’s office says …

Hacker Used Employee Credentials to Breach University of Alaska Data

University of Alaska officials say someone used an employee’s credentials to hack into a network drive that contained private information like Social Security numbers of more than 5,400 students at the Mat-Su campus. Officials said in a release that there …

Man Who Hacked Farmers Insurance, Government Sentenced in California

A hacker who helped break into the computer systems of DirecTV, Farmers Insurance and the Los Angeles Department of Public Works is going to federal prison. Mario Chuisano was given a three-year sentence last week and ordered to pay nearly $2.7 …

Hacker Who Targeted Texas DPS Pleads Guilty

A hacker who targeted the Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement computers then bragged about it has pleaded guilty. No sentencing date was immediately set for 30-year-old Higinio O. Ochoa III of Galveston, who faces up to …

Sony Hacked Again

Sony Corp has been hacked again. So-Net, the Internet service provider unit of Japan’s Sony, alerted customers that an intruder broke into its system and stole virtual points from account holders worth $1,225. This latest setback comes after personal information …