cyber News

Washington State Pushing Measure to Create Office of Cybersecurity

In response to a security breach that exposed personal information from around 1.6 million unemployment claims filed last year, the Washington Senate has unanimously passed a measure that creates a state Office of Cybersecurity. The measure, passed by the chamber …

Viewpoint: Biometric Information Privacy Statutes Could Be a Minefield for Insurers

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in private entity use of biometric-dependent technology to assist with employee timekeeping, financial transactions and security. In turn, privacy concerns regarding biometric information have intensified, prompting legislators to enact statutory protections …

University of Colorado Reports Cyberattack on System

The University of Colorado has reported a cyberattack on its software that likely exposed employee, student, health and research records, officials said. University President Mark Kennedy informed the campus communities Tuesday in an email of the “malicious cyberattack’” on software …

California COVID-19 Benefits Fraud, Cyber Attack Could Reach $9.8B

California may have paid out nearly $10 billion in phony coronavirus unemployment claims – more than double the previous estimate – with some of that money going to organized crime in Russia, China and other countries, according to a security …

Introducing: The Insuring Cyber Podcast

Although National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is coming to an end this week, cybersecurity remains an ongoing focus for insurers particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many companies to transition to remote working. With this in mind, Insurance Journal is …

New Jersey Urges Vigilance as Data Breaches, Online Threats Rise During Pandemic

As October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is underway, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal warned residents of the state that data breaches, internet fraud and online threats are on the rise. With New Jersey residents facing a rise in …

Washington Officials Say State Being Targeted by Phishing Campaign

Washington state is among those being targeted by a “large-scale, highly sophisticated” nationwide phishing campaign, the office of Gov. Jay Inslee said. At a press conference Thursday, Inslee said that the state is taking proactive measures to protect state systems, …

Dunkin’ Donuts Parent Settles New York Cyber Attack Lawsuit, Agrees to Pay Fine

The parent of Dunkin’ Donuts on Tuesday agreed to upgrade its security protocols and pay $650,000 in fines and costs to settle a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general claiming it ignored cyber attacks that compromised the online accounts of …

Data About 200K Nevada University Alumni, Donors May Have Been Stolen

University of Nevada, Reno alumni and donors may have had their information stolen in a data breach that occurred in May, university officials said. The school was told of the breach on July 16 by Blackbaud, a third-party fundraising technology …

Computer Breach at Oregon University Exposes Personal Info of 1,700

The personal information of some Oregon State University students and faculty members may have been compromised during a computer security breach, officials said. A hacker accessed a computer server for the university’s Ecampus online education program this summer, gaining access …