Time for another internet of things update nightmare: Researchers have found that a little-known but widely used TCP/IP software library built into millions of internet-connected devices has 19 flaws that need fixing. Developer Treck has issued fixes, but how many vulnerable devices will end up patched?
Two recently reported health data breaches illustrate persistent security challenges - defending against ransomware attacks as well as unauthorized access to email - that sometimes can expose years' worth of data.
The attack sounds ripped from an episode of TV show "24": Hackers have infiltrated a government network, and they're days away from unleashing ransomware. Unfortunately for Florence, a city in Alabama, no one saved the day, and officials are sending $300,000 in bitcoins to attackers for a decryption key.
Surveillance researchers at Citizen Lab have tied thousands of "Dark Basin" corporate espionage phishing attacks to a small Indian cybersecurity firm called BellTroX InfoTech Services. It's led by Sumit Gupta, who was indicted by the U.S. in 2015 for criminal hacking on behalf of private investigators.
How have the cybersecurity challenges facing healthcare organizations changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? And how are organizations responding? Information Security Media Group's Healthcare Cybersecurity Virtual Summit, to be held on June 9 and replayed June 10 and 11, will provide insights.
Two ransomware incidents recently reported to federal regulators as health data breaches illustrate that the surge in such attacks shows no signs of abating. Security advisers offer risk mitigation tips.
A 15-year-old identity framework originally designed for narrow use by pharmaceutical companies is being revamped and updated for broader use in healthcare, says Kyle Neuman, managing director of SAFE Identity, an industry consortium and certification body that's coordinating the project.
The American Medical Association has issued a set of privacy principles for health data that it hopes Congress and regulators will keep in mind as they prepare legislation and regulations. In an interview, AMA Board Chair Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., describes the recommendations.
In response to the growing threat of identity-centric cyberattacks in healthcare, the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center has published a framework for managing identity for the full work lifecycle of employees, practitioners, patients and business partners.
The COVID-19 crisis is presenting an array of new privacy and security challenges for healthcare providers adapting to protecting patient's medical information in new care settings, says privacy attorney Deven McGraw.
With more employees working remotely and a much heavier demand for telehealth services, entities need to consider extra, accelerated steps in keeping data and systems secure, says Martin Littmann, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic CISO, and Stephen Moore, a former security leader at Anthem.
A shareholder has filed a lawsuit against LabCorp and 12 of its executives and directors - including the medical testing company's CIO - over two data breaches, including the 2019 breach of one of its vendors, American Medical Collection Agency, which affected millions of patients.
The average ransom paid by victims to ransomware attackers reached $111,605 in the first quarter of this year, up 33% from the previous quarter, reports ransomware incident response firm Coveware, which sees the Sodinokibi, Ryuk and Phobos malware families continuing to dominate.
Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.