Cybercriminal activity across the globe, plus a roundup of security-related news
IOWA – State Sen. Robert Dvorsky’s personal PHILADELPHIA – A laptop
Yahoo email account recently was hacked. Hun- containing sensitive data of 21,000
dreds of his contacts received a message from the patients was stolen in June from an
lawmaker’s account stating he misplaced his wallet ofﬁce at Thomas Jefferson Univer-
while on a trip to Scotland and was in need of a loan. sity Hospital. The laptop was pass-
word protected, but unencrypted.
HOUSTON – A former senior database administrator
at a local electric provider was sentenced to one year
after hacking into the network to steal data of 150,000
customers. Steven Kim, 40, was ﬁred from Gexa Electric-
ity in Jan. 2008 and, three months later, broke into the
company’s database to download the sensitive ﬁles.
WAKULLA COUNTY, FLA. – Two men
were charged with their involvement in an ID
MEXICO – A new, sweeping federal data protection theft scheme to defraud thousands of victims.
law went into effect in July. The law requires consent Nigel Raymond Humphrey, 19, and Paul Ad-
or legal obligation for collecting, processing, using ams, 46, are accused of using stolen data to
and disclosing personally iden