Cisco has agreed to pay $8.6 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the networking company sold video surveillance software to local, state and federal agencies over a six-year period that contained serious security vulnerabilities.
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval for a $74 million settlement of a consolidated class action lawsuit against health insurer Premera Blue Cross stemming from a 2014 data breach that affected 11 million individuals. More money will go to security enhancements than to victim reimbursement.
DirectTrust, - known for creating and maintaining the Direct protocol and trust framework for secure email in healthcare - has kicked off a new initiative to develop industry standards for secure real-time instant messaging. What are the potential benefits?
A medical center and a children's hospital in Puerto Rico are victims of a recent ransomware attack impacting a total of more than a half million individuals. The combined incident is the largest ransomware breach reported to federal regulators so far in 2019. How is this threat evolving?
Two health IT industry groups are pressing the Senate to follow the House's lead and approve legislation to lift the ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding the development and adoption of a unique national patient identifier.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission officially announced a privacy settlement with Facebook that includes a record-setting $5 billion fine. As part of the agreement, CEO Mark Zuckerberg must submit quarterly and annual reports to show that the company is in compliance with the FTC order.
A medical equipment benefits administrator is the latest business associate to report a large health data breach affecting patients as well as healthcare providers. What can covered entities do to help prevent falling victim to BA breaches?
Given the massive impact of the Equifax data breach, is the recently announced proposed settlement fair? One consumer advocate calls the money to be paid out by the consumer reporting agency the equivalent of a "parking ticket." Here's an analysis of the settlement's terms.
The list of laboratories and other healthcare clients affected by the data breach at American Medical Collection Agency continues to grow - as does the number of patients whose data may have been exposed. Here's the latest tally.
Former government contractor Harold Thomas Martin III has been sentenced to serve nine years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing and retaining classified and secret files and data from U.S. government agencies, including the National Security Agency and CIA.
Credit reporting giant Equifax has negotiated a proposed settlement that could reach $700 million to resolve federal and state probes into its massive 2017 data breach, as well as a nationwide class action lawsuit. The company's total post-breach tab is likely to exceed $2 billion.
Authorities in the Netherlands recently levied a $516,000 fine under the General Data Protection Regulation against a hospital in the Hague in connection with a data breach involving "dozens" of staffers who snooped on the electronic medical records of a celebrity.
The impact of the massive American Medical Collection Agency data breach continues to grow. At least two more laboratories have said their patients' data was potentially compromised by the breach. Meanwhile, court filings accuse AMCA of a lack of "cooperation and transparency" in the wake of the incident.