The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.
Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. What missteps does the settlement highlight?
A batch of U.S. voter registration records from 20 states has appeared for sale online in what appears to be an illegitimate offering. While it's far from the largest-ever seen leak of voter data, the incident again highlights the lax controls too often applied to voter records.
The Pentagon is warning that a data breach at a third-party travel management service provider exposed records for an estimated 30,000 civilian and military personnel. The breach alert follows a recent GAO report warning of serious cybersecurity shortcomings in U.S. weapon systems.
Heathrow, the U.K.'s largest airport, has been fined by the country's privacy watchdog for a series of data security missteps that led to a USB memory drive containing highly sensitive information being lost by an airport security trainer on a London city street, where it was found by a passerby.
Google blames a bug in an API for its Google+ social networking service for exposing personal details of about 500,000 users' accounts, but says it doesn't believe the information was misused. The company was forced to acknowledge the March incident after it was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Barriers to getting into the business email compromise - aka CEO fraud - game continue to fall, with security vendor Digital Shadows finding that compromised email accounts for a company's finance department can typically be purchased via the black market for just $150 to $500.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
Facebook says that whoever hacked 50 million user accounts, putting the privacy of those users' personal data at risk, did so by abusing its "View As" privacy feature. Facebook says the attack successfully targeted three separate bugs in its video-uploading functionality.
An Australian man who as a teenager managed to infiltrate Apple's networks and do it again after the company expelled him - aided by a folder on his laptop storing his "Hacky Hack Hack Methods" - has been sentenced to serve eight months of probation, according to news reports.
It may seem silly to wonder how safe your backups are; backups are rarely
thought of as being at risk. It stems back to a time when backups were on
tape - a medium that would be tough for even skilled developers to hack. But
today's backups are stored (whether on-premises or in the cloud) on disk or,
A HIPAA-related enforcement case in Massachusetts involving two insider breaches alleges a trail of missteps, including failure to take prompt action after receiving tips about potential misuse of patient information. What can other entities learn from the mistakes?
Twitter has fixed a bug that sometimes sent a user's direct messages not only to the specified recipient, but also to unrelated external developers. The social networking service is notifying more than 3 million affected users and has requested that unintended recipients delete the messages.