Canada’s privacy commissioner opens formal investigation into the 2016 Uber breach, similar to others launched by other countries

Canada’s privacy commissioner opens formal investigation into the 2016 Uber breach, similar to others launched by other countries

The country’s privacy commissioner is opening a formal investigation into a 2016 Uber breach that compromised the personal information of tens of millions of the ride-hailing service’s users. Similar investigations have been launched by authorities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, as well as numerous U.S. states, while a class-action lawsuit has also been filed in Alberta. Uber revealed last month that information on more than 57 million of the service’s riders and drivers was stolen in 2016, though…

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The most concerning thing about the Uber hack has nothing to do with the hack itself

The most concerning thing about the Uber hack has nothing to do with the hack itself

At this point it’s not surprising that Uber, the illustrious and often maligned ride sharing service, suffered a massive data breach last year. Massive as in 57 million of it’s users had personal information stolen by a group of hackers. While it’s not yet known if the stolen information has been used maliciously, this fact is connected to the alluring twist in another case of data breaches that seem to be plaguing 2017: Uber paid…

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Victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme are beginning to receive compensation

Victims of the Madoff Ponzi scheme are beginning to receive compensation

It’s been more than eight years since the notorious Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty to his wide sweeping Ponzi scheme, the $772.5 million of which is just now being distributed back to the scheme’s 24,000 victims. This is the largest restoration of forfeited property in history,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. Officials ultimately expect to return more than $4 billion to victims. While the initial amount being returned is substantial, it’s still…

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Specific email scam not covered by cyber insurance Canadian court rules

Specific email scam not covered by cyber insurance Canadian court rules

A Business Email Compromise scam (BEC) is costing  businesses of all sizes millions of dollars according to news reports. Just last week, these new reports surfaced that business email scams have begun to targets art galleries and art dealers in a malicious plot to infiltrate email servers and scam art buyers into sending B2B payments to fraudulent accounts. As these new scams rise in prevalence, new questions are raised for businesses as well, specifically regarding whether…

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Unlicensed real estate brokers facing new charges in B.C

Unlicensed real estate brokers facing new charges in B.C

Two unlicensed real estate brokers, who previously served jail time in Alberta for conducting unlicensed and illegal real estate deals, are now facing similar charges in British Columbia. Derek Johnson and Kevin Kumar are each charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 for activities in the Kelowna area in 2015 and 2016. The duo have a lengthy history of conducting fake real estate deals in Alberta and were sentenced to two months in prison…

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70 puppies seized in fraud investigation turned puppy mill within Laurentian home

70 puppies seized in fraud investigation turned puppy mill within Laurentian home

70 puppies were seized on Oct, 11, from a Laurentian home that had been turned into a puppy mill. Four dogs were found dead in the basement of the home and a 44-year-old woman was arrested. A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec said that the discovery of the puppies stemmed from the provincial force was investigating a fraud complaint filed by the Quebec Order of Veterinarians concerning fake vaccination certificates. Eloïse Cossette said the…

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Equifax award $7.2 million contract after massive data hack

Equifax award $7.2 million contract after massive data hack

After recently admitting to having the sensitive information of 143 million people stolen from it’s data centre, Equifax was awarded a new $7.2 million contract on behalf of the Internal Revenue Agency. Announced Oct, 3, to the ire of U.S senators, the credit-moniting company was awarded the contract because the IRS deems them “a critical service that cannot lapse.” Equifax has been tasked with verifying the identification of taxpayers and is considered the “sole source…

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Defendant in MUHC fraud trial wants charges tossed

Defendant in MUHC fraud trial wants charges tossed

One of the defendants in the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) fraud trial is seeking to have the charges against him thrown out based on the Jordan ruling. Yohann Elbaz, once of the five defendants in the case, is facing several charges, including fraud and money laundering. The Crown alleges top executives from SNC-Lavalin paid a $22.5-million bribe to MUHC senior administrators to secure the $1.3-billion contract to build the McGill University Health Centre’s Glenn superhospital. Yohann…

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TTC suing Manulife Financial

TTC suing Manulife Financial

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is suing Manulife Financial for alleged negligence in connection with a benefits fraud scheme that was discovered three years ago. Since the fraud operation came to light, 170 TTC employees have been dismissed or have retired or resigned to avoid dismissal. Ten former employees are facing criminal charges for their connection to the alleged fraud. In the statement of claim, filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the TTC…

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Canada’s privacy commissioner investigating Equifax data breach as two execs leave company

Canada’s privacy commissioner investigating Equifax data breach as two execs leave company

Canada’s privacy watchdog launched an investigation into the Equifax data breach after hearing from dozens of Canadians who have yet to learn if their personal information has been hacked. “The investigation is a priority for our office given the sensitivity of the personal information that Equifax holds,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said in an announcement on its website. Equifax, a credit-monitoring company used by many creditors to check consumers’ credit histories,…

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