Hacker attacks added to the HHS Office for Civil Rights "wall of shame" tally of major health data breaches in recent weeks have affected a total of more than 8 million victims. But it's not just hacker attacks that are racking up big breach victim totals.
A Florida healthcare provider that treated victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in June is notifying patients impacted by a breach involving record snooping. The incident spotlights common privacy and security challenges.
Ashley Madison, the extramarital online hookup service breached by attackers in 2015, has agreed to bolster its information security and data retention practices after regulators in Australia and Canada ruled that the site violated local privacy laws.
In an in-depth interview, Ron Ross of the National Institute of Standards and Technology explains pending revisions of guidance on how organizations outside the U.S. government should protect sensitive federal data.
Australia's census debacle has prompted questions over whether main contractor IBM made errors, and if the Australian Bureau of Statistics underestimated the resources it needed to successfully power a busy, online service.
The legal obstacles to achieving the goal of national health information exchange can be overcome, attorney Valita Fredland, the new privacy officer of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, contends in this interview.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics took its online census submission form offline after several distributed denial-of-service attacks, a move that is likely to only fuel worries over privacy and data safety.
An unexpected outrage over a mundane project - the national census - is causing a fierce debate over privacy rights. One observer says: "This, without doubt, is the most significant invasion of privacy ever perpetrated on Australians by the ABS."
Russia, which some have blamed for attacks against the Democratic Party in the U.S., has offered a detailed description of coordinated cyberattacks against its scientific, public authority and military institutions. Is the announcement a tit-for-tat move after the charges of Russian involvement in U.S. hacks?
HHS will issue up $1.75 million in grants to give a boost to one organization that will take a lead role in cyber threat information sharing. A top priority of the ramped-up effort to help fight cyberattacks in the healthcare sector is to keep smaller organizations better informed of the latest risks.
The Federal Trade Commission has overturned a decision made last fall by its own administrative law judge to dismiss the longstanding data security enforcement case against the now-shuttered medical testing laboratory LabMD. Company CEO Michael Daugherty plans to appeal.
The Democratic Party platform calls for balancing privacy and security concerns, and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine endorses the formation of a commission to advise Congress on developing digital security and encryption laws.
A Congressional proposal that would allow HHS to offer technical assistance to private-sector efforts aimed at solving the problem of matching the right records to the right patient could pave the way for a significant breakthrough, says Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of AHIMA, which represents records professionals.
A Georgia-based orthopedic clinic has confirmed it's one of the victims of cyberattacks by "The Dark Overlord" hacker who recently posted for sale copies of stolen databases he says contain millions of records. But the clinic is tight-lipped about whether it was a victim of extortion.
As the Pokémon Go craze continues to take off, it's clear that when it comes to chasing virtual creatures through real-world locations, too many people fail to keep some common sense guidelines in mind.