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United States Privacy Digest | Massachusetts attorney general launches probe into T-Mobile breach, and other data breach news Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Oct. 15, 2021

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  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced an investigation into the T-Mobile data breach impacting approximately 54.6 million people, InfoSecurity Magazine reports. The investigation will examine how the breach occurred and any prior safeguards in place to protect consumer data.
  • An unsecured database containing more than 61 million records belonging to wearable technology and fitness firm GetHealth was exposed online, ZDNet reports. Researchers said data sources include Fitbit and Apple’s HealthKit, while user names, birthdates and GPS logs were among exposed information.
  • Vox reports Walgreens’ COVID-19 test appointment registration system exposed personal data belonging to millions of patients. Security researchers found anyone with a link to a patient’s appointment request page or access to their browsing history could view it without authentication, exposing names, birthdates, phone numbers, addresses and more.
  • Members of the hacker group Anonymous claim to have stolen “a decade's worth of data” from web hosting company Epik, Gizmodo reports. An Epik spokesperson said it is “not aware of any breach” and takes “the security of our clients’ data extremely seriously.”
  • Data from security vendor Sophos showed global financial services firms spent more than $2 million on ransomware attack recoveries last year, InfoSecurity Magazine reports.
  • Researchers from Trend Micro found banking, government and manufacturing entities are top targets for ransomware operators, with large companies particularly at risk, ZDNet reports.
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