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Cybersecurity Data Breaches in the Public and Private Sector at the Forefront of Federal Regulations

After recent data breaches, a group of 32 attorneys general are urging states to pass state data breach laws. Under Amour announced that in February 2018, their fitness app, MyFitnessPal, was hit with a data breach which affected roughly 150M users. In Florida, a third-party vendor left a server unsecured and vulnerable to hackers.

Under Armour Discloses MyFitnessPal Data Breach–Impacting About 150 Million Users

The company says the compromised information includes email addresses, passwords and usernames.

    Under Armour’s health and fitness tracking app has been hit by a data breach.

    Roughly 150 million MyFitnessPal have been impacted by the breach.

    An “unauthorized party” gained information such as usernames and email addresses — but not payment information.

Users of Under Armour’s health and fitness app — MyFitnessPal — have been hit with a data breach.

Roughly 150 million people who are MyFitnessPal users were impacted by a breach, which Under Armour discovered earlier this week. An “unauthorized party” acquired data about MyFitnessPal users in late February 2018, Under Armour announced on Thursday.

“Under Armour is working with leading data security firms to assist in its investigation, and also coordinating with law enforcement authorities,” the company said in a statement. “The investigation indicates that the affected information included usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords — the majority with the hashing function called bcrypt used to secure passwords.”

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After Florida Virtual School Data Breach, Leon County Schools Evaluating Its Own Cyber-Security

A data breach of Florida Virtual School put tens of thousands of Leon County school teachers and students’ personal information at risk.

Though the Florida Virtual School is a third-party vendor at fault for leaving a server unsecured and vulnerable to hackers, the district is now evaluating its own data security. Gillian Gregory, an assistant superintendent for the district, told the crowd at Tuesday’s school board meeting what measures LCS is taking.

“We’ve also shifted our focus internally,” Gregory said. “And so, the superintendent has directed TIS and academic services to review all of our data exchange protocols, to strengthen all of our data exchange protocols and to ensure as we move forward we minimize our risk as much as possible.”

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Attorneys General Stress Need for State Data Breach Laws

A group of attorneys general urged Congress against preempting state data security and state data breach laws by passing a recently proposed bill.

It would be greatly detrimental to have federal regulations that preempt state data security and state data breach laws, according to a group of 32 attorneys general, led by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The letter explains concerns that have arisen with the proposed Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and Security Act, a draft bill released on February 16, 2018. The proposed legislation would preempt necessary state laws that require consumers and attorneys general be notified about data breaches, the group explained.

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