Breaches and Hacks Archive

Ransomware targeted Mecklenburg County

It has been revealed that Mecklenburg County in North Carolina had its servers hacked and subsequently held to ransom. It transpired that “someone opened an email attachment they shouldn’t have, helping a hacker gain entry to the county’s system.” A …

Almost 6,000 affected by DHHS breach

It has been revealed that the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) suffered a security breach after an unencrypted spreadsheet containing personal information for almost 6,000 people was “sent in error” to a vendor. Compromised data included names, …

Hackers holding US schools to ransom

The US Department of Education issued a warning following recent incidents where schools with weaker cyber security and vulnerabilities were held to ransom over stolen sensitive student information. The warning said that some cases have “included threats of violence, shaming, …