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New York Knicks File Lawsuit Against Toronto Raptors for Alleged Theft of Scouting Reports

New York Knicks File Lawsuit Against Toronto Raptors for Alleged Theft of Scouting Reports

The New York Knicks sue the Toronto Raptors over claims of stolen materials used in scouting reports.

Even in the NBA, the largest basketball league in the US, cases of insider information misuse have arisen.

A lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court alleges that Ikechukwu Azotam, a former employee of the New York Knicks across various departments, covertly forwarded confidential data to his personal Gmail account before sharing it with the Toronto Raptors, where he had accepted a position.

The Knicks contend that the Raptors utilised this proprietary information to support their newly appointed head coach, Darko Rajaković, in structuring coaching operations. Azotam, who had signed a confidentiality agreement, stands accused of breaching this agreement by disseminating sensitive materials.

The lawsuit names the Raptors organisation, Azotam, Rajaković, player development coach Noah Lewis, and other unnamed Raptors employees as defendants. The Knicks emphasise the significance of maintaining the confidentiality of these materials to preserve their competitive edge.

The lawsuit claims that the Raptors accessed approximately 3,000 files containing “film information and data” through the Knicks’ Synergy Sports Software, with over 2,000 accesses by 15th August.

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Tesla Attributes Massive Employee Data Leak to “Insider Wrongdoing”

Tesla Attributes Massive Employee Data Leak to “Insider Wrongdoing”

Tesla's May data leak affecting over 75,000 workers is attributed to former employees, according to the automaker.

Data exposed in the breach was disclosed to German media outlet Handelsblatt, as stated by Tesla’s data privacy officer, Steven Elentukh, in a submission to the Maine attorney general’s office.

Handelsblatt informed Tesla that it had received sensitive information, including identifiable details like names, addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers, as per Tesla’s submission dated 18th August.

At that time, Tesla identified the employees responsible for the leak, initiated legal action against them, and confiscated their devices, the company announced.

In the United States, companies are required to report data breaches of a certain magnitude to relevant authorities, with legal requirements varying from state to state.

This breach incident follows a Reuters report in April, which revealed that groups of Tesla employees privately shared customer information, including videos and images captured by car cameras, via internal messaging systems.

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Former IT Worker Sentenced to Prison for Impersonating Ransomware Gang in Extortion Attempt

Former IT Worker Sentenced to Prison for Impersonating Ransomware Gang in Extortion Attempt

A former IT employee receives over three years in jail for attempting to extort his employer during a ransomware attack.

Ashley Liles, an IT security analyst, exploited his position at an Oxford-based company to intercept a ransomware payment following a cyberattack.

He masqueraded as the ransomware gang, attempting to redirect the payment by altering their cryptocurrency wallet.

Concurrently, he launched a separate attack, gaining access to private emails, altering the blackmail message, and pressuring the company using a fake email account resembling the attackers.

Despite his efforts, the company refused to comply with the ransom demands. Internal investigations unveiled his unauthorised access. Although Liles initially denied involvement, he ultimately pleaded guilty in court. He received a sentence of three years and seven months for blackmail and unauthorised computer access.

Liles’ case highlights the gravity of insider threats and cybercrimes, where the misuse of privileged access can lead to significant legal and organisational consequences.