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In late August, the Attorney General of the State of New York announced a $200,000 settlement with a New York-based non-profit organization that provides services to developmentally disabled individuals and their families after concluding that the organization exposed sensitive personal information of its clients on the Internet for almost three years. The settlement is the result of an investigation initiated in early 2018 in response to a tip that sensitive information of the organization’s clients…
Schneider Electric recently issued a consumer warning that it mistakenly shipped USB drives to its customers that were infected with malware. Schneider Electric stated in its alert that “Schneider Electric has determine that some USB removable media shipped with [two products] were contaminated with malware during manufacturing by one of our suppliers.” According to the overview of the Security Notification issued by Schneider Electric, “Schneider Electric is aware that USB removable media shipped with the…
The Ohio legislature recently passed S.B. 220, which gives businesses that suffer a data breach an affirmative defense against tort claims brought in class action suits. The law goes into effect on November 2, 2018. Basically, the law gives the business a safe harbor if the business implements and complies with “a recognized cybersecurity framework.” The law lists the recognized cybersecurity frameworks that are included in the safe harbor, which are the well-known existing frameworks,…
Altaba Inc., the successor company of Yahoo Inc., recently noted in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that after its settlement of consumer and shareholder suits relating to Yahoo’s data breach that affected all 3 million of its users, it will have paid a net $47 million in expenses. This estimate is based upon a tentative agreement to resolve pending state and federal class action suits, as well as a shareholders derivative suit,…
Choice Hotels International Inc., was recently sued for failing to provide disabled users with information about its rooms’ and grounds’ accessibility. The suit, referencing the Comfort Inn in Gainesville, Florida, states that the hotel’s online reservation system fails to provide users with information about the accessible features for those using wheelchairs or canes. According to the suit, the hotel has “failed to make its reservations services fully and equally accessible to individuals with disabilities, thereby…
As of last week, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is nationwide. We wrote about the FAA’s initiation of LAANC in April, with incremental deployment at air traffic facilities and airports, with the final deployment on September 13 (last week). That last deployment occurred in the Central North region of the U.S. Now, LAANC has expanded to 288 air traffic control facilities and 470 airports across the country. Drone…
While inspecting a cracked window at San Francisco’s tilting Millennium Tower, a drone fell from the sky, just missing pedestrians below. The Millennium Tower’s homeowners association hired a drone pilot to take photos of a cracked window. However, during the aerial inspection, the drone lost its satellite signal. Once the signal was lost, the drone was no longer under the pilot’s control. The drone drifted and hit another building across the street from the Millennium…
It’s true. Utility and power companies really love using drones. While it seems like drones are everywhere now, with trillions of dollars’ worth of industrial infrastructure aging across the country, worker safety and terrorism concerns, climate change putting strain on power grids, manufacturing facilities and oil and gas production, drones offer a cheaper and more effective way of monitoring infrastructure. Drones are being used to spot faults or overgrown foliage in transmission and distribution liens…
The recent tragedy with gas customers in Massachusetts has everyone focused on their utilities. Which makes it a perfect time for scam artists to take advantage of worried customers—both individuals and small businesses. One scam making headway is when a fraudster calls a customer over the telephone telling them that their water, electricity or gas will be shut off due to an outstanding bill. You don’t think that any of your past bills are outstanding,…
We all know that it is important to protect our Social Security number. But sometimes companies still try to use the last four digits of our Social Security numbers as identifiers or to verify identity in some way. The use of Social Security numbers began in 1936 long before computers, the internet, and identity theft were on anyone’s radar screen. They started out being assigned geographically by region. So if you had a list of…