Morning Security Brief: Minnesota Cops Data Breach, Pentagon Says American Terrorists Can Be Killed, Social Media Use, and More
Minnesota cops violate a woman's privacy 425 times just to see what she looked like after losing weight. The Pentagon says courts shouldn't have say when an American who works with terrorists is targeted. An Australian woman scams $30,000 out of Nigerian scammers. And more.
►It could be one of the largest data breaches by law enforcement in history, writes the City Pages. One hundred and four police officers in 18 different agencies in Minnesota accessed a woman’s driver’s license record 425 times just to see what she looked like after she lost weight and rumors about plastic surgery began to circulate. Anne Marie Rasmusson, a former police officer herself, began getting asked on dates by other police officers by text message and noticedstrange comments from ones she did date, which eventually led her to call the Department of Public Safety to see if she could block her public information from being accessed. It was during that call that she found out her information had been accessed hundreds of times. The Department of Public Safety has asked Internal Affairs to investigate and the officers could all be fired if they’re found in violation of federal privacy laws.
►The Pentagon said on Wednesday that American citizens who join a terrorist organization can be targeted for killing and that courts should have no role in reviewing the decision of someone who meets such criteria, the New York Times reports. “Belligerents who also happen to be U.S. citizens do not enjoy immunity where non-citizen belligerents are valid military objectives,” said Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department general counsel.
►Health authorities in the UK are investigating a nurse who managed to get around blocks on National Health Service computers to check her social media profiles and chat online. The woman is also said to have posted identifying information about a patient online.
►An Australian woman pleaded guilty to aggravated fraud on Thursday in a Brisbane court for stealing $30,000 from a group of Nigerian scammers working an online operation. She says she didn’t know that they were stealing the money. Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey was “employed” as an agent after being asked to provide an Australian bank account to funnel money from online auto sales. Cochrane-Ramsey was told she could keep eight percent of whatever money came through, but when the money started flowing, she kept all of the money ($33,000) for herself. Police were tipped off about the scam and traced the account back to Cochrane-Ramsey. “Police inquiries found her employers were based in Nigeria but had been using a web server in New York to run their dodgy car sales listings,” the Courier Mail reports.
►In other news, China and Japan are training teams of hackers to defend their networks. ♦ Thirty-six percent of the $16 billion recovered by the Justice Department in healthcare whistle-blower fraud cases has come after strengthening the False Claims Act in 2009. ♦ And Boxtone, a mobile app developer, says it will release a feature to customers that will automatically add security to healthcare apps .