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While April and May had the most high-profile cyber attacks and data breaches, June played its part in helping to make Q2 of 2011 ‘one of the worst on record for cyber security’ according to a new report by Panda Security. You can check out @BillBrenner70‘s CSO Salted Hash Blog post analyzing the report here: “One of the ‘worst’ quarters ever for security?”

The following is a snapshot of the salient IT security news from June 2011.

June 30th: Gannett Government Media – The organization that publishes the Army Times, Defense News, the Federal Times and other government news sites suffered a digital intrusion that compromised names, user IDs, passwords, email addresses, military duty status, pay grade and branch of service for subscribers of Gannett publications. Breach at Gannett subsidiary yields data on subscribers – SC Magazine

June 29th: Hacktivist group “AntiSec” broke into the Arizona Department of Public Safety‘s email servers to access, and subsequently publish files that they claim contain information and documentation of racism in the Arizona Department of Public Safety. AntiSec ‘hackers without borders’ claim new hack on Arizona state police – Los Angeles Times

June 27th: California Department of Public Health officials announced a major internal breach of sensitive health and personal information affecting 9,000 current and former state employees. The information was purloined by an employee who copied it onto a private hard drive, and removed it from the offices. CDPH Data Breach Affects 9,000 State Workers – Health Leaders Media

June 26th: PBS announced that hackers gained unauthorized access to its website for the second time in June, exposing the names, addresses, email addresses and logins of approximately 200 subscribers. PBS says its website has been hacked for the 2nd time in a month, with little data stolen – Washington Post

June 20th: Sega announced that hackers gained access to 1,290,755 customer accounts, which included Sega Pass members’ names, email addresses, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords. LulzSec denied any involvement in the attack. Sega Hack Affected 1.3 Million Users – PC Magazine

June 18th: A  contract nurse at Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, CO stole social security numbers and other sensitive information for 74 patients to open up credit card accounts in the patients’ names. Boulder Community Hospital: Nurse accessed 74 patients’ information – Daily Camera

June 9th: 12,000 Penn State Altoona students and faculty members’ social security numbers were compromised after malware was installed in a university computer. Penn State Altoona Computer Hack –

June 9th: Citibank announced that approximately 200,000 North American credit card customer accounts had been illegally accessed in what experts called the largest direct attack on a US financial institution. Regulators pressure banks after Citi data breach – Reuters

June 6th: Sony Pictures notified approximately 37,500 individuals that their information may have been compromised in a recent hack of its website. Sony Pictures Notifies 37,500 Users About Data Hack – PC Magazine