Last week, hackers broke into UCLA Health, the hospital network of the University of California, Los Angeles,acquiring access to database with sensitive records of 4.5 million people and potentially affecting four hospitals and 150 offices across Southern California. According to the university, the potential breached information included names, medical information, SSN, Medicare numbers, health plan IDs, birthdays and physical addresses.The network made this announcement two months after the data breach was discovered. The hospital group is now offering affected staffs and patients one year of identity theft recovery services.
The National Security Agency is offering middle- and high school students in the United States the opportunity to learn cracking secured passwords. The agency supports dozens of free summer camps nationwide, named GenCyber summer camp, educating young students about entry-level knowledge on responsible hacking, cracking and cyberspace defense. According to a report from The New York Times, over 1,400 young students chose to join the dozens of free NSA-supported overnight and day camps nationwide. The goal of the camp is to lure potential recruits and trigger interests in the field of cybersecurity. NSA officials stated that developing the future cyberspace workforce is a national security concern.
Last week, Alejandro Mayorkas, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, traveled to Israel to meet with Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan and representatives from other department to discuss the cybersecurity challenges facing both countries. They specifically discussed opportunities for joint investment in cybersecurity and signed a joint statement confirming their commitment to promoting cooperation and information sharing on cybersecurity and cyber research and development.
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a massive international bust of Darkode, an online black market for hackers. Morgan Culbertson, a 20-year-old sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University from Pittsburgh, was accused of creating a malicious malware that infects Android phones, steals data and controls the device. According to federal investigators, Culbertson was the creator of the infamous “Dendroid” malware that allows anyone who pay the fee — $300 — could turn any legitimate Android app into malware and allowed hackers to remotely take screenshots, photos, videos and audio recordings.
According to Steven Blaney, Public Safety Minister of Canada, the Canadian Federal Government has allocated over $142 million in new funding for national cybersecurity programs. The money will be added to the previously budgeted funds for use against data breaches, website hacks, and online fraud targeting non-federal government systems deemed essential. This government release refers to the economic cost of cybercrime, which includes $29 million from only fraud in 2013. The funds also increase the total cybersecurity investment by the Canadian government by $142.6 million from $94.4 million to $237 million over the next five years.