Restaurant company Wendy’s has agreed to pay $50 million to resolve a 2016 lawsuit by financial institutions nationwide alleging that the company’s negligence allowed hackers to steal credit and debit card information in a 2015 data breach.
Disclosed in a filing on Wednesday in Pittsburgh federal court, the settlement will be paid to approximately 7,500 banks and credit unions that issued about 18 million credit or debit cards exposed in the data breach. The deal must still be approved by the court.
Forty-two thousand students at Salt Lake Community College are learning that their tax documents got lost.
An email sent to students and obtained by KSL Newsradio explained that a memory drive with tax documents for the students somehow fell out of an envelope on its way from a contracted company to the college.
SLCC spokesman Joy Tlou said that when the college processes these documents that deal with the 1098-T tax form used for getting educational tax credits, the college goes through a third-party vendor and uses a secured cloud server to access the information. That information is then also backed up on a memory drive and sent to the college.
Before this week, Stanford students could view the Common Applications and high school transcripts of other students if they first requested to view their own admission documents under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Accessible documents contained sensitive personal information including, for some students, Social Security numbers. Other obtainable data included students’ ethnicity, legacy status, home address, citizenship status, criminal status, standardized test scores, personal essays and whether they applied for financial aid. Official standardized test score reports were also accessible.
Students’ documents were not searchable by name, but were instead made accessible by changing a numeric ID in a URL.
Students working for extra cash at Amsterdam’s OLVG hospital group have for years been given complete access to the medical records system, allowing them to read personal information about friends, family and famous people, the Volkskrant said on Friday.
The leak was made public by a philosophy student who made telephone appointments for the hospital. Fellow students recommended digging up ‘juicy details’ in the files while doing boring jobs, she told the paper.
In early 2018, a Facebook user made a public threat on the social network against one of the company’s offices in Europe.
Facebook picked up the threat, pulled the user’s data and determined he was in the same country as the office he was targeting. The company informed the authorities about the threat and directed its security officers to be on the lookout for the user.
“He made a veiled threat that ‘Tomorrow everyone is going to pay’ or something to that effect,” a former Facebook security employee told CNBC.