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The Telecom Digest for Sep 5, 2014
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|FCC gives VZ wristslap for privacy violations||(Danny Burstein)|
|Hacker Breached HealthCare.gov Insurance Site||(Monty Solomon)|
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|Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:24:57 -0400
From: Danny Burstein <email@example.com>
Subject: FCC gives VZ wristslap for privacy violations
Verizon To Pay $7.4M To Settle Privacy Investigation
Company Failed to Notify Approximately Two Million Customers of their
Privacy Rights Prior to Conducting Thousands of Marketing Campaigns;
Agrees to Three-Year Compliance Plan
The FCC's Enforcment Bureau has reached a 7.4 million dollar
settlement to resolve an investigation into the company's use of
personal information for marketing purposes. The Enforcement Bureau's
investigation uncovered that Verizon failed to notify approximately
two million new customers, on their first invoices or in welcome
letters, of their privacy rights, including how to opt out from having
their personal information used in marketing campaigns, before the
company accessed their personal information to market services to
In addition to the $7.4 million payment, Verizon has agreed to notify
customers of their opt-out rights on every bill for the next three
rest: http://www.fcc.gov/document/verizon-pay-74m-settle-privacy-investigation-0 _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [gb sbvy fcnzzref, zl nqqerff unf orra qbhoyr ebg-13 rapbqrq] ***** Moderator's Note ***** Last line of .sig modified for security. Bill Horne Moderator
|Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:23:30 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Hacker Breached HealthCare.gov Insurance Site Message-ID: <email@example.com> Hacker Breached HealthCare.gov Insurance Site The Hacker Uploaded Malicious Software, But Consumers' Personal Data Didn't Appear to Be Taken By DANNY YADRON CONNECT Sept. 4, 2014 A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials. Investigators found no evidence that consumers' personal data were taken or viewed during the breach, federal officials said. The hacker appears only to have gained access to a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov, the officials said. The server was connected to more sensitive parts of the website that had better security protections, the officials said. That means it would have been possible, if difficult, for the intruder to move through the network and try to view more protected information, an official at the Department of Health and Human Services said. There is no indication that happened, and investigators suspect the hacker didn't intend to target a HealthCare.gov server. ... http://online.wsj.com/articles/hacker-breached-healthcare-gov-insurance-site-1409861043|
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