Several healthcare entities are reporting health data breaches in the wake of an incident involving a vendor's employee who uploaded files containing patient data to the public-facing, open-source software development hosting website GitHub. How can entities avoid such mishaps?
The Iranian-linked threat group TA453, also known as Charming Kitten and Phosphorus, conducted a phishing campaign, dubbed "BadBlood," in late 2020 that targeted senior U.S. and Israeli medical researchers in an attempt to obtain their Microsoft Office credentials, according to Proofpoint.
Security practitioners often tread a fine and not entirely well-defined legal line in collecting current and meaningful research. This research can also pose ethical questions when commercial sources for stolen data fall into a gray area.
Android device users are being targeted by a sophisticated spyware app that disguises itself as a "system update" application, warns mobile security firm Zimperium. The app can steal data, messages and images and take control of phones.
A Florida-based mental healthcare provider is taking legal steps to help ensure that sensitive patient data that apparently was exfiltrated from its systems and stored in Amazon Web Service buckets is protected from further exposure.
A Swiss national who recently highlighted flaws in Verkada surveillance cameras has been charged with criminal hacking by a U.S. federal grand jury and accused of illegally accessing and leaking data from numerous organizations, apparently including Intel, Nissan and the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
Hacking incidents - including ransomware attacks, phishing scams and episodes involving vendors - are still the dominant culprits in major health data breaches being reported to federal regulators so far this year. Why?
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash, has reintroduced a bill that would create a national-wide data privacy standard that in its latest incarnation makes an attempt to placate Republicans. The bill, if passed, would replace a patchwork of current state laws.
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Truveta, a new big data collaborative research effort involving 14 U.S. healthcare providers, will share de-identified data on millions of patients in an effort to improve treatments through personalized medicine. But the project raises important privacy issues.
The Good Health Pass Collaborative is developing a road map for digital health passes that international travelers could use to prove they have been tested for COVID-19. Dakota Gruener, executive director of ID2020, which launched the project, describes the effort, including privacy-protection measures.
A California-based eye care provider – which also handles billing and other administrative services for a separate local surgery practice – says its online storage vendor was recently hit by hackers and paid a ransom for the return of patient data stolen from both entities.
Modern vehicles have been characterized as smartphones on wheels, but the analogy is reductive: They're more like rolling databases. Privacy expert Andrea Amico says data hygiene practices need to be applied to vehicles - just like any other connected system.