A Pakistani man who bribed AT&T employees to install malware on the company’s internal network has been sentenced today to 12 years in prison after he illegally unlocked more than 1.9 million phones, causing the US telco losses in excess of $201 million.
Muhammad Fahd, 35, a citizen of Pakistan and Grenada, paid more than $1 million in bribes to AT&T employees in the mid-2010s, according to court documents.
Desert Wells Family Medicine, which has been serving patients in Queens Creek for 20 years, was attacked by cyber-criminals on May 21. The practice had backed up all its EHR data before the attack took place, but the attackers managed to encrypt both the original files and the backup files using ransomware.
The practice has begun notifying 35,000 patients that their protected health information has been compromised. Information that attackers may have accessed during the security incident included patient names, dates of birth, addresses and billing account numbers. Personal information also included medical record numbers, treatment information and Social Security numbers.
United States citizens, 49-year-old Marc Baier, 34-year-old Ryan Adams, and 40-year-old former US citizen Daniel Gericke were investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over claims that they had violated US export control, computer fraud, and access device fraud laws.
According to court documents, between 2016 and 2019, all three defendants worked as senior managers at a company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that performed and supported hacking for the benefit of the UAE government.
National Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action Results in Charges Involving over $1.4 Billion in Alleged Losses
The Department of Justice announced today criminal charges against 138 defendants, including 42 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, in 31 federal districts across the United States for their alleged participation in various healthcare fraud schemes that resulted in approximately $1.4 billion in alleged losses.
Rushell Harris, 32, of Nantucket, agreed to plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled by the court.
According to charging documents, between approximately June 2014 and November 2018, Harris engaged in two separate wire fraud conspiracies. In the first conspiracy, Harris allegedly exploited her position at Nantucket Bank by obtaining personal identifiable information of a customer and surreptitiously taking photographs of the victim’s account information. It is alleged that Harris then shared that information with co-conspirators who attempted to transfer funds out of the customer’s bank account without authorization.
Kyle Terry, 36, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging him with one count of theft of mail by a postal employee.
Terry was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a mail handle assistant at a national postal distribution center in Jersey City. From Nov. 1, 2017, to Jan. 28, 2018, Terry stole 39 cell phones having a total approximate value of $35,000 from mail that passed through that distribution center.