The breach was part of a massive cyberattack in May that exploited a vulnerability in the widely used MOVEit file-transfer system.
In addition to various state agencies in Maine, several U.S. federal agencies were also impacted by the data breach in May, including theDepartment of Energy and Department of Health and Human Services.
Maine said this week that affected data included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, driver’s license or state identification numbers, taxpayer identification numbers, medical information and health insurance information.
The state’s Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education were the agencies most affected by the incident. Several other departments were impacted to lesser extents.
The state said it “blocked internet access to and from the MOVEit server” and implemented security measures recommended by the company that owns the tool as soon as it became aware of the breach.
The cyberattack was reportedly orchestrated by a Russian ransomware group and has impacted more than 70 million people worldwide, according to a running tally by the anti-malware company Emsisoft.
The breach also compromised some 6 million records at the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles and affected about 4 million people through the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and 3.5 million others through the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to settle claims that it discriminated against U.S. citizens and permanent residents in hiring for certain positions, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The tech giant allegedly engaged in “a pattern or practice of citizenship status discrimination” in recruiting for positions through the permanent labor certification (PERM) program, which allows employers to sponsor workers for permanent …
Tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who previously supported former President Trump, said the Trump administration was “crazier” and “more dangerous” than he expected, in a recent interview. Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal, has been a vocal supporter and financial advocate for Trump. In an interview with The Atlantic published Thursday, Thiel said he is not giving money to the former president — or …
The union representing Hollywood actors reached a tentative agreement with the major film and television studios Wednesday, spelling an end to its nearly four-month strike and an even longer work stoppage for the industry. SAG-AFTRA suspended the 118-day strike, the longest in the union’s history, on Thursday at midnight. The tentative deal comes a little over a month after Hollywood writers, who began their own strike in May, …
News we’ve flagged from the intersection of tech and other topics:
EU takes aim at Meta, Snapchat on child safety
Meta and Snapchat are the latest tech companies to receive formal requests from the European Union (EU) for information about their efforts to protect children’s safety online, TechCrunch reported.
BMW to launch mostly self-driving cars next year
BMW plans to launch Level 3 automated driving — in which the vehicle can drive itself under certain conditions but the driver must be alert and able to take over if necessary — for certain cars starting next March, Mashable reported.
On Our Radar
Upcoming news themes and events we’re watching:
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology will hold a hearing on “Leveraging AI To Enhance American Communications” on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will hold a hearing on “Innovation in American Agriculture: Leveraging Technology and Artificial Intelligence” on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
In Other News
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Yellen says ransomware attack on China’s biggest bank minimally disrupted Treasury market trades
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen suggested Friday that a ransomware attack that forced China’s biggest bank to take some systems offline only minimally disrupted the U.S. Treasury market. She said U.S. and Chinese finance officials discussed the attack in San Francisco, where they met Friday …
PARIS (AP) — France says it has been the target of a Russian online destabilization campaign that used automated social-media accounts to whip up controversy and confusion about spray-painted Stars of David that appeared on Paris streets and fed alarm about surging antisemitism in France during the …