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Postby Lykens » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:04 am


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Massive data breach causes uproar among populace
08/01/2019

- Gastón Banderas

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An unprecedented breach of healthcare information has caused an uproar among citizens.


Chaos struck the entire country this week as millions of public health records were leaked on a website set up for the nefarious purpose of invading the privacy of millions of patients who have accessed the Lykensburgish Public Health Services in years past. The stolen information remained on the site for almost six hours before it was taken down by authorities.

Names, dates of birth, addresses, provincial ID numbers, phone numbers, prescription and other medical histories, and insurance information were specific data that was stolen by unknown actors. Privacy groups are up in arms at such an egregious breach of the public’s records, especially those that are held by and intended to be protected by the government. Among critics this afternoon is the opposition Fatherland Union, which immediately laid the blame at the feet of State Counselor Kenneth Diaz.

Javier Bustillo, Leader of the Fatherland Union, had this to say,

“While State Counselor Diaz has focused on running around from capital to capital to build support for his so-called ‘Mu-Kal Union’, we at home have come under a vicious attack. This government has shown time and again that it is neglectful of the concerns and ailments of the people, and continues its attempt to deflect and distract from their repeated failures on the domestic front. The Fatherland Union will take our message to the provinces and campaign to restore a government that fulfills its duties, not shirk it.”

The other main opposition party, the Progressive Front, insisted that a decision on responsibility could not be made until all facts had been discovered, and instead lambasted any actors, foreign or domestic, who would engage is such nefarious acts against millions of patients who had done nothing wrong except check into a healthcare facility.

So far, Condado Street has deferred comment except to declare that a full investigation is taking place by cyber security officials and staff and that findings would be made public at the earliest convenience. This cyber attack is not the first in Lykensburgish history, but it is one of the worst, with the total number of victims totaling almost 14 million, doubling the population of the most populous province. The identities of most of these people have not been verified by independent media, as word of the website led to its immediate shutdown by cyber security officials, but it is unknown who could have accessed and saved any of the information for the several hours it was online.

The last major cyber attack in Lykens occurred in 2014 and was a breach of a provincial bank, leading to similar information as well as routing numbers and account passwords for several thousand bank members being released to the general public. And uproar occurred as a few hundred people lost access to many thousands of dollars held in their now compromised accounts. In settling these losses, the bank was forced to close.

The first cyber attack in Lykens occurred in 2009, with a massive Denial of Service, or DOS, attack rendering public transit kiosks across the nation unusable, crippling public transportation for three entire days. It was credited with the loss of almost 700 million dollars lost due to the inability of workers to get to their places of employment. A dedicated cyber security department was created and worked diligently to prevent future attacks, to some success.

Thwarting several attempted attacks over the last five years, it appears the cyber security forces have failed. It remains to be seen whether this is an isolated attack, one that spans Mu-Kal, or even a part of a global attack on national governments across Olympia. Cyber security officials have yet to make any sort of predictions, saying that the incident is being treated as a lone wolf attack.

More on the story as it develops.
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Postby Volga-Dnieper » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:59 pm

Vrijemena Tanayi, 03.08.2019

An emergency press conference of the People's Commissariat for Information Technologies and Communications (COMIT) was held today at the Commissariat main building in Plamen. The main topic of the conference was the incident that recently occurred in Lykens, where hackers have broken in public healthcare databases and leaked an astonishing number of 14 (fourteen) million records.

At the conference, the People's Commissar for COMIT, Stoyan Ivanov Vasilijev, stated that measures will be taken to review the security measures on TSPR own systems.

─ Yesterday, comrade Stamboliyskaya personally ordered me to form and head the review commission.─ He said. ─ The Presidium of CEC and Rabkrinkon will oversee its work so rest assured that nothing will slip from our sight. The security of our data, however sensitive, will not be compromised and jeopardized.

The People's Commissar also expressed surprise that a government system of such importance was broken.

─ As we all know, any information is a good in itself. ─ He stated, answering the question of his reaction to the event. ─ That means that, unlike knowledge ─ the true base of the socialist society ─, information can be appropriated and stolen. Some can say this act had to happen eventually but personally, I was surprised to hear that their government [of Lykens ─ M. M.] allowed this catastrophic lapse of security ─ and this is not their first oversight to boot. That raises further and more general questions.

─ I strongly believe, ─ the Commissar said in his final word, ─ that nations should cooperate on matters of cybersecurity but this belief is not shared in CEC. Well, at least I can understand the skeptics.

Vrijemena Tanayi will follow the events.
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Postby Lykens » Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:24 am


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Political scandal reframes data breach
08/04/2019


- Reina Orfeo


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Scandal grips the nation as details of the leak are released to the public.



Investigations by the Lykensburgish Home Affairs Department's Cyber Security Office have unearthed new details surrounding the recent breach of the Lykensburgish Public Health Service data, levying explosive charges against the opposition party Fatherland Union. The Fatherland Union is alleged to have hired an Oceanian cyber security firm, Strategy Olympia, to hack and leak sensitive information in a bid to embarrass the incumbent government.


Fatherland Union leadership and AMs have been under complete radio silence, not returning messages for comment, or even appearing in public in the last twelve hours. Government AMs have also began ducking reporters, as we have come to learn from a leaked memo that State Counselor Diaz is enforcing a very strict order to not speak with the media. 


The leaked memo states that, “The decision to publicize these findings was done with zero political consideration, but crimes were committed by public officials and they will be held accountable for their actions. In order to project the image of nonpartisanship, under no circumstances will AMs or their staff be permitted to speak to the media regarding these happenings. Provincial branch chairs and legislative assembly members have been informed and will be held to the same standard. This is a developing situation so please remain informed.”


Olympia Strategy was reached for immediate comment as soon as the news broke, and provided this statement,


“The human resources team here at Strategy Olympia is familiar with the ongoing problems in Lykens. This is a regrettable breach of privacy due to the unauthorized actions of certain rogue employees. Mirian Hannetje, Sylvestefan Alfredert, and Olliam Estheodor have been dismissed from our team.”


It remains to be seen whether this will be enough damage control, as several sources within the Department of the Treasury have indicated that sanctions may be levied against several members of Strategy Olympia’s C-Suite, namely CEO Julia Adelix, CFO Stephen Wernot, COO Wendel Elker, and Public Affairs Liaison Erick Ladina. Law enforcement officials declined to comment on the ongoing proceedings but did confirm that warrants were being sought for information and possible arrests.


The situation remains ongoing and more will be provided as it is received.
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Postby Vienna Eliot » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:14 am

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MOIRA STAMPER:  Good morning everyone, and happy Monday. And welcome to all the interns here today as well. I think you're in for a great first day of the semester. I'll touch on some announcements and then I'll take your questions.

The President and Secretary Ricardo are in Nori today discussing the Kiteahu blockade with leaders in that area of the continent. The Executive Office is confident that Jashnagari representatives will soon permit the passage of Oceanian ships en route to the coast of Kiteahu as the dictatorship's tremendous threat to global security increases by the day.

The National Council will consider the Rural Development Act this week, and we are proud to announce broad multipartisan support for the legislation. Leaders in the Labour Party, the Liberal Party, and the Green Party have all expressed support for the provisions of this bill that we have all worked so hard on. Yet Democrat Party politicians continue to deride the legislation, showing that there is nothing this State House can do, no matter how beneficial to our country, that they are willing to support.

The President signed the Agoura Aerospace Commission Act this weekend, finally bringing stability to such a critical emerging industry. He also authorized executive actions extending the Medicare program through the end of the fiscal year, giving the National Council ample time to review Cabinet recommendations for this important program.

I believe that's all we've got. So I'll take questions. Janine.

Q:    Good morning, Moira. Councillor Melda with the Greens and Vannio with the Democrats are both opposed to the RDA and are leading a coalition of rural Councillors opposed to the bill. Has the State House met with the coalition to discuss their objections?

STAMPER:  The President's been willing to meet with every Councillor on this bill, make no mistake. But until we get that invitation to speak with them all as a coalition — which we haven't, we haven't been asked to speak to them together — and until then we can't really meet with them, because Democrats would be sure to lambast us for deciding who ought to be in that meeting. So no, we haven't met with them, with the, like, five people in that coalition, because they haven't even asked to meet with us.

Kate.

Q:  Will the President authorize the extradition of the executive officers of Strategy Olympia?

STAMPER: Of what?

Q:  Of Strategy Olympia.

STAMPER: I'm not familiar with Strategy Olympia. But I'll have Tim reach out to you so we can get you accurate information.

William.

Q:  Hi, Moira. Last week your office put out a statement on the Lykens leaks. Are there any updates on that? (murmuring)

STAMPER: You can just ask your question.

Q:  Well, I mean, I think we all find it hard to believe the Press Office hasn't kept up with that situation.

STAMPER:   I'm not sure anyone has an answer to this. So we'll move on.

Elissa.

Q:  Strategy Olympia, which is incorporated in Schloe, is responsible for the Lykens leaks. (laughter) State Counselor Diaz — or, I forget who exactly — but Lykens officials are vowing to come down hard. So will the President authorize an extradition, if it comes to that?

STAMPER: Well if it comes to that, of course. Lykens is one of our foremost allies. In fact, and I'll refer you to AG O'Hara on this one, but I don't think the President has to explicitly authorize that. It might just happen.

We can do one more. Ryan.

Q:  Naval Appropriations Bill.

STAMPER: Oh, right. Yes, we are probably decreasing naval spending. But that's, like, six months away.

The President's schedule for the week has been printed out for you; you can get it on the way out. That's all I've got. Have a great day.


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Postby Ascolla-East Ternev » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:36 pm

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Massive data breach in Lykens triggers concern over interference in upcoming elections
4th of August, 2019

After Lykenburgish Public Health Services (LPHS) was hacked and millions of public health records were published on a website for all to see three days ago, coupled with recent leaks that show the opposition party purposefully ordered a sabotage on the government, concern over intervention, either foreign or national, in the upcoming elections in October has skyrocketed, particularly amongst the Democratic Socialists' Alliance (DSA), who are hoping to finally secure a majority government together with the Liberty Party (LP). MP Serzey Darenkov (DSA), who participated in the ill-fated Escan Incident of 1973, is a member of a fairly large group (mostly consisting of DSA and LP MP's) in the GPAET who have all joined together to protest the lack of a proper anti-cyber organization (as of today, said duties supposedly generally falls on the Internal Security Police).
"The lack of a dedicated anti-cyber war organization in the 21st century is completely unreasonable, and who's to say the Traditionalists won't take the opportunity they themselves have set up, by repeatedly refusing to set up such an organization despite bills both I and various colleagues have introduced in the parliament, to regress back to the '70s and cause another Escan incident?"

Erwin Azermuth (T), party leader of the Traditionalists and the Speaker of the Parliament, has repeatedly denied attempting to intentionally sabotage the DSA, stating that the reason for rejecting all proposals to fund an anti-cyber war organization is simply because that would require additional funding, and the Traditionalists have rejected most attempts to either cut down funding for the navy or raise taxes on the wealthy. When informed about the Lykens data breach however, Erwin published a statement in which he swore he would do everything in his power to convince the rest of the party to finally agree on a bill to fund and establish a proper anti-cyber war department.

Grand Chancellor Ty Rant (DSA) has, in a statement of his own, said he approves of Erwin's commitment to setting up such a department, but that it is way over-due and won't be set up properly until after the elections, assuming he even manages to convince the rest of the party in the first place.

Tara Remadiya (OSP) and Chester Werthe (LP) have both refused to comment on the issue when asked by the TDR. We will follow the developing story in Lykens closely over the next coming days.

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Postby Lykens » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:01 am


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Extradition for suspects is ordered
08/13/2019

- Idoya Cardoza

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Attorney General initiates extradition process for those responsible for the data breach.


Attorney General Celestino Bautista today announced at a press conference that he would seek extradition for Mirian Hannetje, Sylvestefan Alfredert, and Olliam Estheodor, former Strategy Olympia employees responsible for the recent and massive data breach of the Lykensburgish Public Health Service at the behest of the Fatherland Union. Billed as an attempt to embarrass the incumbent government ahead of expected early elections, emails discovered by law enforcement have revealed a strategy with the intention of defeating the incumbent ARP by launching a FU backed investigation to ‘discover’ the culprits.

The public is in an uproar over such subversive measures and has reacted with several dozen demonstrations across the provinces at local FU branches, calling for the resignation of the federal leadership as well as any provincial members who may have had knowledge of the nefarious deed. Political leaders across the spectrum have remained mostly silent, especially from the ARP, although recently some Progressive Front members have begun condemning the cyberattacks.

It is not clear how the extradition process will work out, as there is no extradition treaty between Lykens and Oceania, however those familiar with the Attorney General’s thinking say that he is hopeful that the extraordinary nature of the circumstances can lead to a temporary reprieve from this issue, especially with such pressing concerns for national security and sovereignty. There currently exists no international mechanism to mediate disputes like these, and many are concerned for any flare ups in relations with Oceania, which is currently in the midst of negotiating with Lykens and other nations on a huge multilateral trade deal.
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