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BEC...and not the kind you want for breakfast

Officials in Lexington, Kentucky, said Monday that the city lost about $4 million in federal housing assistance funds to an email fraud scheme. The theft included three wire transfers of funds for emergency rental assistance and transitional housing to a private bank account. The transfers were made, officials said, when a malicious actor impersonated an email account belonging to Community Action Council, a local housing group that works with the city. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, business email compromise attacks caused nearly $2.4 billion in losses last year. Benjamin Freed reports.

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FTC sues data broker for selling location data that can reveal abortion clinic visits

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit Monday against data broker Kochava, alleging the company sold geolocation information from hundreds of millions of mobile devices — often without user permission — that could reveal individual’s sensitive behaviors, including visits to reproductive health clinics, CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports. “Where consumers seek out health care, receive counseling, or celebrate their faith is private information that shouldn’t be sold to the highest bidder,” Samuel Levine, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. Read more on CyberScoop.

IT vendor says multistate EBT outage is resolved

Conduent, a business services provider that runs, among other things, the technology behind many states' nutrition assistance programs, said Monday that it's resolved an outage over the weekend that left millions of people in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, South Carolina and elsewhere without access to their benefits. “We experienced a temporary service interruption that affected [electronic benefits transfer] and other applications," according to a statement Conduent sent StateScoop. "The Conduent technology team has been able to successfully restore all impacted services pertaining to this matter."

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