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officials: long island students swept up in statewide data breach


state education commissioner maryellen elia is seen in woodbury on tuesday, nov. 7, 2017. photo credit: howard schnapp an unauthorized user accessed personal information of 31 nassau students and 21 others statewide who took a computer-based exam last spring administered by a minnesota-based testing firm, company and state education officials said thursday.the state attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into the data breach that occurred after questar assessment inc. of apple valley, minnesota,...






data breach at testing vendor questar exposes 52 ny students


albany, n.y. (ap) — new york education officials say a data breach at testing vendor questar assessment exposed personal information for about 52 students.state education commissioner maryellen elia says questar, headquartered in apple valley, minnesota, reported that a former employee is suspected of using an internal account to view student data from dec. 30 to jan. 2. questar reported the data accessed includes some student names, identification numbers, grade levels and teachers’ names.state officials say the department doesn’t share student addresses or social security numbers with questar.the affected students attend five schools. they are: john f. kennedy school, great neck; menands school; school 2, oceanside; public school 15 jackie robinson, queens, and st. amelia school, buffalo






california standardized test scores delayed by error in special education studen


on tuesday, california department of education spokesman bill ainsworth said staffers had conducted a routine check on the analysis of test results and found that about 25,000 special education students' scores had been sorted into the wrong districts — not the ones in which they had taken the test. the scores in question, he pointed out, were less than 1 percent of statewide scores for special education students."currently, the cde is calculating the data again to ensure precise statewide results," ainsworth said. "we will release statewide results when this important work is completed."






state to release some common core test results tuesday


advertisement | advertise on newsdaystudents at southside middle school preparing to start their common core mathematics testing in rockville center on april 24, 2015. (credit: newsday / j. conrad williams jr.) the state education department plans later tuesday to release results from this spring’s common core tests in english and math given to students in grades 3 through 8 on long island and statewide, agency officials announced.results will include both percentages of students scoring at the proficiency level or better and percentages opting out. test refusals are a major issue on the island,...






how a data breach can negatively impact your company's stock price


a data breach can lead to lost records, compliance issues, and intellectual property being compromised, but it can also have more lasting effects. a tuesday report from comparitech explained how a data breach can impact your stock price, sometimes for years to come. right after a breach, a stock price will drop 0.43% on average, but that is par for the course in daily volatility, the report said. the bigger problem comes in the years that follow. after a breach, a company's stock price will continue to rise, but at a much slower pace than before, the report said. "in the long term, however, the average share price stagnated and struggles to surpass 10 percent growth until after about two years, when it starts to pick back up again again," the report stated. before a breach, the stock price






common core scores statewide go up; opt-out rate drops


the number of students statewide achieving proficiency on common core tests given in grades three through eight rose in both english and math by more than 1 percentage point over 2016, the state education department announced tuesday.about 40 percent of eligible students who took the exams got those marks, with more than 900,000 across the state taking the exams, the agency said.most popularmeanwhile, the percentage of students statewide who opted out of the controversial tests in the spring stood at about 19 percent — a 2 percentage-point drop from last year, the department said.on the english language arts test, 39.8 percent of eligible students scored at levels indicating proficiency, a 1.9 percentage-point rise from the statewide result the year previous. the exam, given in april, was






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the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers for their work on electron microscopy.credits: epa, getty, hillary guzik, ktla, sarya stukes the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarde






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the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers for their work on electron microscopy.credits: epa, getty, hillary guzik, ktla, sarya stukes the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarde






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the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers for their work on electron microscopy.credits: epa, getty, hillary guzik, ktla, sarya stukes the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarde






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the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers for their work on electron microscopy.credits: epa, getty, hillary guzik, ktla, sarya stukes the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarde






for second time in two years, his fiancee texts: 'active shooter.' and so began


the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers for their work on electron microscopy.credits: epa, getty, hillary guzik, ktla, sarya stukes the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarde






call the guns used in las vegas what they are: weapons of mass destruction


the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers for their work on electron microscopy.credits: epa, getty, hillary guzik, ktla, sarya stukes the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarde






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the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers for their work on electron microscopy.credits: epa, getty, hillary guzik, ktla, sarya stukes the gunman who attacked the las vegas music festival had cameras set up outside his room. trump visited puerto rico on tuesday, after hurricane maria swept through the island two weeks ago. three billion yahoo accounts were affected by a massive data breach — three times as many as initially reported. the nobel prize in chemistry was awarde






how consumers, businesses should respond to huge equifax data breach


after what is actually latest in a long series of data breaches at the company, credit reporting firm equifax said that it will do a better job of protecting the personal and financial data of millions of consumers in the u.s. and abroad.equifax made this promise in a sept. 7 announcement about the july 29 data breach that exposed the data of 143 million consumers in the us.so far equifax hasn’t provided much information about the breach beyond saying it’s due to an application vulnerability. however, even that tiny bit of information, coupled with the company’s reported history of lax security and an apparent failure to apply patches and updates in a timely manner tells a troubling story.adding to the seeming lack of concern for critical personal data that is entrusted to equifax comes wo






uber faces another lawsuit over data breach


in light of uber failing to report the massive data breach that affected potentially 57 million passengers and drivers worldwide, washington state attorney general bob ferguson has filed a multimillion-dollar consumer protection lawsuit against the transportation company.the breach included the names and driver license numbers of at least 10,888 uber drivers in washington and, under the state’s data breach law, those affected are required to be notified within 45 days of the breach, ferguson’s press release said. the law also requires the attorney general to be notified within 45 days if the breach affects more than 500 washington residents.the lawsuit, which seeks penalties for up to $2,000 per violation, alleges uber violated washington’s data breach law by failing to notify those affect






airbnb stays near jones beach have quintupled, company says


advertisement | advertise on newsdayairbnb growth near jones beach has outpaced long island and new york state, the company says. (credit: danielle finkelstein) airbnb inc. guest stays near jones beach have quintupled over the past two years, far outpacing the home-sharing service’s growth on long island and statewide, according to company data.an airbnb study from 2014 to 2016 found a 522 percent increase in guests to 19,900 within a 15-mile radius of jones beach state park. that compares to a 229 percent increase to 73,900 on long island overall...






hacker finds flaws in palo alto student info, test score storage – the mercury n


partial records for about 14,000 students of the palo alto unified school district were accessed in a data breach by a computer security researcher who discovered vulnerabilities of a data storage vendor that palo alto schools previously used.the researcher said he was able to download files from schoolzilla with data on about 1.3 million students on april 4, including those from palo alto. he informed the company the next morning by submitting a data breach notification ticket.students’ names, addresses, birth dates, state test scores and their parents’ names were part of the information in those files, palo alto school officials said in a community alert thursday. current and former students affected by the breach will be notified by mail.chris vickery, the computer security researcher,






common core math test boycotts occur across long island


advertisement | advertise on newsdayalyssa caracciolo, 10, a sixth-grader at longwood middle school in middle island, was among students taking the state math test on tuesday, may 2, 2017. (credit: newsday / john paraskevas) thousands of students across long island were boycotting the state’s common core math exams that began tuesday for most public school students in grades three through eight.in 37 of the island’s 124 districts that had responded to a newsday survey by early tuesday afternoon, 27,211 of 51,579 students eligible to take the test had opted out — or 52.8 percent.results from more districts...






whole foods claims data breach limited to restaurants, taprooms


daily video: whole foods is investigating a payment card data breach; kubernetes 1.8 improves security with role-based access control; google reports government demands for user data is at an all-time high; and there's more.






before the breach, equifax sought to limit exposure to lawsuits


equifax suffered another major breach before the massive data breach disclosed earlier this month, the company confirmed monday, revealing yet again the vulnerability of the credit agency's computer systems. the earlier breach, first reported by bloomberg, was discovered by equifax in march. but... (hamza shaban)






vtech fined by ftc for iot toy data privacy breach


there is a price to be paid for not properly securing technology that leads a privacy data breach. on jan. 8, the u.s. federal trade commission (ftc) announced that it settled with vtech electronics over charges that it violated children's privacy law and the ftc act. vtech will pay a fine of $650,000 as part of the ftc settlement that comes from a december 2015 data breach that exposed information on 5 million children."as a parent, i know raising raising digital natives comes with a host of new challenges," ftc commissioner terrell mcsweeny wrote in a twitter message. "this case underscores that we must remain mindful about how kids data is collected & used by toys & that toymakers must comply w/ #coppa"further readingcoppa is the children’s online privacy protection act which became a l






how would long island be evacuated in an emergency?


advertisement | advertise on newsdayhow would long island be evacuated in an emergency? (credit: newsday / ned levine) how would long island be evacuated in an emergency?the short answer: there is no formal plan. officials have ideas and tactics that work on a smaller scale, but it is logistically complicated.the long answer: between traffic on the long island expressway, bridge construction and signal troubles on the long island rail road, there’s no shortage of headache-inducing obstacles...






opt-outs on state english test top 50 percent on long island


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya long island student takes a test in may 2013. (credit: heather walsh) more than 67,000 long island public school students in grades three through eight refused to take the state english language arts exam on tuesday in a fifth straight year of boycotts driven by opposition to the common core tests, according to a newsday survey of districts.on the first full-fledged day of testing in nassau and suffolk counties, 67,789 students in the 92 districts that responded...






yahoo triples the impact of its 2013 breach - to 3b accounts


yahoo has tripled down on what was already the largest data breach in history, saying it affected all 3 billion of its users, not the 1 billion it revealed late last year.the company announced tuesday that it's providing notice to additional user accounts affected by the august 2013 data theft.the breach was previously disclosed by the company in december.following its acquisition by verizon in june, yahoo says, it obtained new intelligence while investigating the breach with help from outside forensic experts. it says the stolen customer information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data or bank account information.






high school graduation rate inches up statewide, dips on li


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymore than 300 teachers, school board members and parents gather at south side high school in rockville centre for a forum on diploma standards and regents exam p ing rates on tuesday, feb. 7, 2017. (credit: danielle finkelstein) state school officials announced friday that high school graduation rates continued to inch up statewide with the cl of 2016, though long island results were down slightly.statewide, 79.4 percent of students who entered high school in 2012 got diplomas on time last spring, according to the state education department. that graduation rate was up from 78.1 percent in spring 2015 and 76.4...






equifax breach: is it the biggest data breach?


a listing of the biggest data breaches in the united states since reporting began in the early 2000s.        






data breach costs decline globally, ibm reports


for years, the ponemon cost of a data breach study has reported a steady increase in breach costs, but surprisingly that's not the case in the 2017 edition of the report, sponsored by ibm."overall when you look at the report, the good news is that the overall cost of a data breach is down," wendi whitmore, global lead, ibm x-force iris (incident response & intelligence services), told eweek.globally the study reported that the average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million which is a 10 percent year-over-year decrease from the 2016 report. the average cost of a lost or stolen record globally now stands at $141. healthcare industry breaches were once again reported to be the most costly globally, at $380 per record.while breach related costs declined as a global average, not every region of






first come the breach disclosures, then come the lawyers


if your organisation has trouble finding a measurable return on investment for its cybersecurity spend, then mandatory data breach notification will give you one, says chris pogue, chief information security officer at nuix.australia's new data breach notification laws are expected to come into force some time in 2018. in the us, 47 of the 50 states have had equivalent laws for several years. pogue appears as an expert witness in data breach cases. he predicts that australia will experience a similar sequence of events.first, there'll be a wave of "new" data breaches.latest australian news"you're going to see this arbitrary bubble, because everybody has to report, and there's the propensity to say the sky is falling, australia is under massive cyber attack, and you're really not," pogue to






uber reveals data breach and cover-up, leading to two firings


uber technologies inc. on tuesday revealed it paid hackers $100,000 in an effort to conceal a data breach affecting 57 million accounts one year ago, a disclosure that adds to a string of scandals and legal problems for the world’s most highly valued startup.the ride-hailing firm said it fired its chief security officer, joe sullivan, and deputy craig clark for their roles in the breach and for covering it up. in...






‘white hat hacker’ finds flaws in palo alto student info, test score storage – t


partial records for about 14,000 students of the palo alto unified school district were accessed in a “data breach” by a computer security researcher who discovered vulnerabilities of a data storage vendor that palo alto schools previously used.the researcher was able to download files from schoolzilla with data on about 1.3 million students on april 4, including those from palo alto. he informed the company the next morning.students’ names, addresses, birth dates, state test scores and their parents’ names were part of the information in those files, palo alto school officials said in a community alert thursday. current and former students affected by the breach will be notified by mail.in a blog post, chris vickery, the computer security researcher, said schoolzilla made the “all-too-com






1.4b data records compromised in 2016, breach level index reveals


1 of 92016 was a record year for breaches, gemalto reports more data records were breached in 2016 than in 2015, according to the latest edition of the gemalto breach level index. the new index data for 2016, which was released on march 28, reported that approximately 1.4 billion records were compromised in 2016, an 86 percent year-over-year increase. breaches can take different forms, but in 2016, the leading type of data breach was identity theft at 59 percent of data breaches. in terms of who is responsible for all those data breaches, gemalto's report found that malicious outsiders were the top cause at 68 percent, marking a dramatic increase over 2015 when malicious outsiders were only responsible for 15 percent of data breaches. in this slide show, eweek looks at some of the highligh






equifax reports data breach possibly affecting 143 million u.s. consumers


former convicted hacker on how to protect your data kevin mitnick, who spent time on the fbi's most wanted list for hacking 40 corporations, discusses his new book, ‘the art of invisibility,’ on lunch break with tanya rivero. he also explains why hackers breach data with relative ease. photo: istock (originally published feb. 24, 2017)






storm sweeps cars into the sea on greek island of symi


athens, greece (ap) — greek authorities are rushing fire brigade teams to the aegean sea island of symi after flooding following heavy rainfall swept cars into the sea, inundated buildings and cut the power supply.authorities said that about 10 cars were swept into the sea in the island’s main harbor on monday. officials were investigating a report that one man was missing.the fire brigade says it is sending firefighters with water pumping equipment and fire engines to the island, which has no fire station of its own. other government agencies are also sending teams to symi to assess the damage.monday’s storm also disrupted ferry schedules.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks






yahoo triples the impact of its 2013 breach – to 3b accounts


yahoo has tripled down on what was already the largest data breach in history, saying it affected all 3 billion of its users, not the 1 billion it revealed late last year.the company announced tuesday that it’s providing notice to additional user accounts affected by the august 2013 data theft.the breach was previously disclosed by the company in december.following its acquisition by verizon in june, yahoo says, it obtained new intelligence while investigating the breach with help from outside forensic experts. it says the stolen customer information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data or bank account information.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






uber says 2.7m uk users affected by 2016 data breach


uber’s october 2016 data breach affected some 2.7 million uk users, it has now been revealed.on friday the government said it had been informed by uber that uk users were affected by the 2016 breach, though it did not disclose the number at that stage.uber only publicly disclosed the existence of the data breach this month, close to a year after learning that hackers had accessed data on a total of 57m uber users and drivers.in an update about the breach today, the uk’s data protection watchdog confirmed that for uk users affected data is names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses.it added that it expects uber to alert affected users asap.it’s not clear whether the company has begun doing so yet. we asked uber to confirm this but a spokesperson only noted it has posted an update to it






common core math test boycotted by 79,780 long island students


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya fifth-grader at longwood middle school in middle island was among students who boycotted the state math test on tuesday, may 2, 2017, spending the time reading instead. the district reported that 59.2 percent of eligible students in grades three through eight opted out of the exam's first day. (credit: newsday / john paraskevas) nearly 80,000 public school students in 100 districts across long island refused tuesday to take the state mathematics exam given in grades three through eight, in a fifth straight year of boycotts driven by opposition to the common core tests, according to a newsday survey.on the first full-fledged day of math testing in nassau and suffolk counties, 79,780 students in the districts that...






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