Articles by Frank Bajak

German Officials Seize Server With U.S. Police Files Stolen in Data Breach

At the behest of the U.S. government, German authorities have seized a computer server that hosted a huge cache of files from scores of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies obtained in a Houston data breach last month. …

Florida City Faces $1M Ransom by Hackers

A Florida city confirmed Friday that hackers seeking to extort money were responsible for crippling its computer systems earlier this week but officials have yet to decide whether they will pay a reported $1 million ransom. If they do opt …

Cambridge Analytica Data Scientist Drops Defamation Suit Against Facebook

Aleksandr Kogan, the data scientist at the center of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, said he is dropping a defamation lawsuit against the social network rather than engage in an expensive, drawn-out legal battle. Kogan, 33, sued the social giant …

Harvey Smashes Homes, Businesses; Heavy Rain Continues

Hurricane Harvey rolled over the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, smashing homes and businesses and lashing the shore with wind and rain so intense that drivers were forced off the road because they could not see in front of them. …

Corpus Christi Chemical Leak Reported Week Before Public Warned

A chemical leak from an asphalt plant that led Corpus Christi officials to warn its 300,000 residents not to drink the water last week was apparently reported a week earlier, according to an email from a state environmental official. The …

Flooded Homeowners Allege Negligence in Suit Against City of Houston

A citizen’s group and homeowners who have recently suffered repeat flood damage sued Houston, Texas, in federal court, alleging the city backed improvements at a commercial development they say were made without putting in adequate drainage. Residents Against Flooding and …