A healthcare system spanning 29 states announced on Monday that cybercriminals operating from China stole information on approximately 4.5 million patients, including names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.
Community Health Systems, which comprises 206 facilities in the southern and western states, announced the incident in an 8-K filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The data breach likely stems from compromises in April and June of this year, involved sophisticated malware, and is apparently connected to China, the company stated.
“The attacker was able to bypass the Company’s security measures and successfully copy and transfer certain data outside the Company,” CHS said in its 8-K filing. “Since first learning of this attack, the Company has worked closely with federal law enforcement authorities in connection with their investigation and possible prosecution of those determined to be responsible for this attack.”
While attacks against US companies by nation-state attackers—usually with apparent affiliations with China—have become common, the cybercriminals usually seek out intellectual property and sensitive information on business or policy, not personal information on individuals. The stolen information includes patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers, but not credit-card, medical, or clinical information, the filing stated.
An Iowa state representative was arrested today on a charge of sexual abuse, officials said.
Rep. Henry Rayhons, R-Garner, who represents House District 8, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony.
The charge stems from an alleged incident the evening of May 23 at the Concord Care Center in Garner, authorities said.
Rayhons, 78, is accused of having sex with his wife, Donna, who did not have the mental capacity to consent, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint said that Rayhons was told on May 15 that Donna Rayhons did not have the cognitive ability to give consent to any sexual activity. On May 23, Henry Rayhons went into his wife’s room and pulled the curtain closed, the complaint said. Donna Rayhon’s roommate told authorities that she “heard noises indicating to her that” Henry Rayhons was having sex with Donna Rayhons, the complaint said. Surveillance video showed Henry Rayhons leaving his wife’s room and discarding undergarments into a laundry bag, the complaint said.
The former chief executive officer of Redflex, a major red light camera (RLC) vendor, has been indicted on federal corruption charges stemming from a contract with the City of Chicago.
On Wednesday, in addition to former CEO Karen Finley, government prosecutors also indicted John Bills, former Managing Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Transportation, and Bills’ friend Martin O’Malley, who was hired as a contractor by Redflex.
According to the indictment, O’Malley himself was paid $2 million for his services as a contractor, effectively making him one of the company’s highest paid workers. Much of that money was then funneled to Bills, who used it for personal gain. Via Redflex employees, Bills also acquired a Mercedes and a condominium in Arizona. In December 2013, Ars reported on red light cameras nationwide, and in particular, Redflex’s four cameras in the central California town of Modesto.
A May 2014 affidavit written by an FBI special agent suggests that Bills likely used some of this money to purchase and store a boat, buy a car, pay for an addition to his Michigan cabin, pay for his girlfriend’s mortgage, pay his own mortgage, pay his kids’ schools, and hire a divorce attorney over the course of several years.
CONCORD, N.H. — An auction ended Friday with no bids for the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months.
The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 acres in Plainfield was held at U.S. District Court in Concord. The minimum required bid was $250,000. Elaine Brown’s dental office in Lebanon also was being auctioned but got no bids.
Prospective bidders were not allowed to tour the property, and last year, the U.S. Marshals Service cited the possibility of land mines and other explosives buried on the property as a complication. Marshals said Friday they can hold a second auction in the future.
While the Browns kept federal marshals at bay, they welcomed a parade of anti-tax and anti-government supporters including Randy Weaver, whose wife and son were killed along with a deputy U.S. marshal in a 1992 shootout on Weaver’s property in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
They were convicted in 2009 of amassing weapons, explosives and booby traps and plotting to kill federal agents who came to arrest them. Ed and Elaine Brown, both in their 70s, are serving 37 and 35 years in prison.
This used to be a joke. Not in Florida, though.
US police say a Florida man accused of killing his roommate asked Apple’s digital assistant Siri for advice on hiding the body the day the man went missing.
Pedro Bravo, 20, is accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend Christian Aguilar in September 2012 after an argument started over Aguilar dating Bravo’s ex-girlfriend.
Bravo was charged with murder on Friday September 28, 2012, though his friend’s body was not found until weeks later when hunters stumbled across Aguilar in a shallow grave in a nearby forest.
Evidence collected from Bravo’s iPhone includes records of him using the phone’s flashlight function nine times from 11.31pm to 12:01am on the day that Bravo disappeared and asking the phone: “I need to hide my roommate”.
“Lawyers fulfill their professional calling to its fullest extent when they rise above particular partisan debates and participate as problem solvers,” he said in a rare public speaking event before the ABA that focused on the historical significance of the Magna Carta, an English charter that turns 800 next year. […]
On the Magna Carta, Roberts said its “core principles of justice” remain relevant today and are worth defending.
“No person, no matter how high, is above the law,” he told the lawyers in attendance. “I encourage you all, as officers of the courts, to set your sights on the far horizon, to ensure that our legal profession continues to advance that ideal.”
“No person, no matter how high, is above the law,” he told the lawyers in attendance.
In a totally shitty week so far, this is truly hilarious.
A church leader in Roach, Missouri, is out of a job after being arrested for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a dog.
Jerald Hill, 56, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted unlawful sex with an animal and attempted animal abuse.
Authorities began investigating Hill after the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force got a tip about a Craigslist post by a man looking for two types of animals for sex.
One of the chosen animals was a dog, but investigators declined to mention the other type of animal, the Columbia Tribune reports.
(08-08) 14:11 PDT PRATHER, FRESNO COUNTY — A Fresno County man who finished fifth in the June gubernatorial primary was arrested Friday in connection with a shooting that left a man injured and a horse dead, authorities said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Tye “Glenn” Champ, 48, in Goshen (Tulare County) at 10:30 a.m., a day after he allegedly shot and wounded a 40-year-old neighbor in the stomach and tried to shoot the neighbor’s young son during a dispute in Prather, a small community in the foothills of Fresno County.
Champ fled after allegedly shooting a horse to death, deputies said.
Champ is a registered sex offender who ran as a Republican in California’s open primary June 3, winning 76,000 votes or 2 percent of the total - good for fifth place out of 14 candidates on the ballot. He said his goal was to clean up the state’s bureaucracy.
Champ was put on the state’s sex offender registry after he was convicted in 1993 of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape. Before a professed conversion to Christianity, Champ also killed a man while driving in 1998 and was convicted of soliciting a prostitute.
Mark Wassberg took to the podium, wagged his finger at the Richmond City Council and said:
“I’m going to keep coming up here and tell you how gays have no morality. … You’re filth. You’re dirt. Because I have the constitutional right to say it.”
The comments during a July meeting of the council were directed at Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles, the city’s first openly lesbian councilwoman. She sighed and listened impassively. After all, she’d heard it all before. For four years.
Since she was elected in 2010, Beckles, 51, has endured taunts, rants and ridicule about her sexual orientation and race - she’s from Panama and identifies herself as a black Latina - during City Council meetings.