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08/20/2021
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T-Mobile updates the number of people affected by a data breach. Facebook launches a security effort for Afghanistan users. And a man who hacked student accounts to steal nude photos is heading to prison. This is CyberScoop for Aug. 20, 2021.

T-Mobile's unlucky week

T-Mobile now reports that over 50 million individuals have been ensnared by a recent data breach, up roughly 6 million from its last count. The hacker behind the breach obtained a treasure trove of identifying information including Social Security numbers, dates of birth and driver's license numbers. The breach has strengthened calls on Capitol Hill for a stronger data breach notification law. T-Mobile also now faces a class-action lawsuit. The company is still investigating the incident. The hacker behind the breach claimed to have accessed 100 million accounts, meaning we might see T-Mobile’s numbers climb again. Tonya Riley has the latest.


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Violence in Afghanistan sparks Facebook changes

Facebook rolled out a feature on Thursday that will allow users in Afghanistan to lock down their profiles with one click. The move comes amid growing fears that the Taliban could use social media networks to target individuals. Twitter and LinkedIn have taken similar steps. Tonya reports.


Nudes thief heading to 3 years of prison

A New York man who hacked the accounts of dozens of female college students to access private nude photos got a three year-year prison sentence, DOJ said Thursday. Nicholas Farber pleaded guilty to the hacking charges in February; he and a co-conspirator accessed school emails of female SUNY Plattsburgh students from 2017 to 2019. From there, he used the access to get into the students' Facebook, Snapchat and cloud accounts to steal their nude photographs and movies, then trade them online. Tonya has this one, too.


Hoosier data flap leads to data spat

Indiana officials said this week that they're in the process of notifying about 750,000 residents that a COVID-19 contact-tracing database containing their personal information was accessed earlier this year by an "unauthorized" third party. But that third party turned out to be the cybersecurity firm UpGuard, which is disputing the state's description of the incident. The company argues that Indiana's database was exposed to the open internet, and that its researchers discovered the leak in the course of researching software vulnerabilities. “We were trying to help them," an UpGuard spokeswoman said. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed covered the feud.


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