Could cyberattacks on healthcare entities be taking an ugly twist? In a recent attack on a Florida-based plastic surgery practice, hackers exfiltrated patients' medical records and then demanded a ransom be paid by the clinic and some of its patients to avoid further exposure of the data.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses why Britain is struggling to determine whether to use China's Huawei technology in developing its 5G networks. Plus: An update on a mobile app exposing infant photos and videos online and an analyst's take on the future of deception technology.
HHS has issued a draft of a five-year strategic health IT plan that is largely focused on providing patients with secure access to their health information as well as supporting secure, interoperable health information exchange among providers.
A federal judge in Atlanta has given final approval to a settlement that resolves a class action lawsuit against credit bureau Equifax, which in 2017 suffered one of the largest data breaches in history. The minimum cost to Equifax will be $1.38 billion.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr is ratcheting up the pressure on Apple to unlock two iPhones belonging to a Saudi national who carried out a deadly shooting in December. The attorney general is labeling the shooting as an act of terrorism and says Apple is hampering a counterterrorism investigation.
After a data breach, if individuals' stolen information is offered for sale on the dark web, that potentially bolsters class action lawsuits filed by plaintiffs against the breached organization, says technology attorney Steven Teppler of the law firm Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.
Corporate network security breaches, which can prove costly to remediate and expose a company to lawsuits, are frequently the result of vulnerabilities that could have been fixed for a relatively low cost. A a brute force penetration test is a critical first step in finding those vulnerabilities.
In a bizarre "whistleblower" case, federal prosecutors have charged a Georgia man in connection with an alleged "intricate scheme" involving falsely reporting that a Savannah hospital worker committed criminal HIPAA violations.
Six months after Facebook agreed to a landmark privacy settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that resulted in a $5 billion fine, a federal judge is still considering objections from advocacy groups that claim the deal doesn't go far enough.
Healthcare organizations need to carefully assess whether data they hold falls under the scope of the California Consumer Privacy Act, says attorney Anne Kimbol, assistant general counsel of HITRUST - especially now that the regulation's Jan. 1 compliance deadline has hit.
The FBI has sent a letter to Apple asking for help in accessing encrypted data from two iPhones belonging to a deceased shooter. The bureau's move may be a prelude to another legal fight between the FBI and Apple over strong encryption.
Not even George Orwell could have predicted nation-state surveillance in the 21st century. Give us free instant messaging for our smartphones, and faster than you can say "viral kitten video," we're collectively part of a mass surveillance nightmare. Case in point: The ToTok social messaging app.
While Congress is unlikely to pass major new national cybersecurity legislation in an election year, federal regulators and state attorneys general will be busy addressing evolving health data privacy and security issues in 2020, predicts attorney Marcus Christian of the law firm Mayer Brown.
While CCPA has drawn the biggest headlines when it comes to new U.S. privacy laws, businesses and consumers should also take notice of New York's SHIELD Act, which goes into effect in March 2020. The law is expected to have impact on Wall Street firms and other financial institutions headquartered in the state.
Seattle-based smart home device maker Wyze says an error by a developer exposed a database to the internet over a three-week period earlier this month. The data included customer emails, nicknames of online cameras, WiFi SSIDs, device information and Alexa tokens.