A spate of payment card breaches at some of the most recognized U.S. brands has been blamed on the hacking of India-based chat network provider 7.ai that led to the infiltration of online chat portals for Delta, Sears, Best Buy, Kmart and perhaps others.
Department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor have suffered a data breach that apparently exposed details on 5 million payment cards. Cybersecurity firm Gemini Advisory says the JokerStash syndicate - aka Carbanak gang - is selling the stolen card data.
Despite the White House's request for deep budget cuts, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law last week flat funding for the current fiscal year for the two federal agencies responsible for health information privacy and security issues, including HIPAA enforcement.
Expedia's Orbitz travel fare search engine says it may have suffered a breach that resulted in 880,000 payment cards being compromised, along with other customer data, over a two-year period. Orbitz says the apparent breach involved a legacy system no longer connected to its site.
Privacy attorney Kirk Nahra offers an analysis of the New York state attorney general proposing updates to the state's data security laws and issuing a substantial financial penalty in a HIPAA violations case.
Based on the feedback it received, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will consider making tweaks to its proposed Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, including provisions related to privacy and security, says ONC's Genevieve Morris.
Anyone who dined out at one of 166 Applebee's restaurants in 15 states may have had their payment card details compromised by point-of-sale malware infections that began in November 2017, RMH Franchise Holdings warns.
The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center and Australian Cyber Security Center are using the "Have I Been Pwned" breach-monitoring service to centrally monitor for email addresses registered to government domains that appear in data breaches.
An analysis of a massive 8.8 GB trove of files containing usernames and plaintext passwords suggests hundreds of services may have experienced unreported or undiscovered data breaches. Data breach expert Troy Hunt says the trove of 80 million records appears to contain fresh data.
Equifax says that its digital forensic investigators have found that while its tally of 145.5 million U.S. breach victims hasn't changed, more of them had their email addresses, tax identification numbers and driver's license information exfiltrated.
Illegal transactions on the internet have long been conducted in the cryptocurrency bitcoin. But underground vendors are accepting new kinds of virtual currency that may be safer to store and offer more privacy protections, according to a new study of 150 dark web markets and forums.
Uber CISO John Flynn tells a U.S. Senate subcommittee that the company should have told the public sooner about its 2016 data breach. He says the company's attempt to position its $100,000 payoff to hackers as a bug bounty was not appropriate.
A malware incident at Partners HealthCare that was detected last spring but was only recently determined to have exposed patient data illustrates that confirming a data breach through a forensics investigation can be difficult and time-consuming.
The number of data breaches reported by U.S. organizations reached an all-time high last year. In 2017, organizations that described how bad their breach was - and one-third did not - collectively lost 14 million payment cards and 158 million Social Security numbers, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.
So far in 2018, 15 health data breaches have been reported to federal regulators, affecting a combined total of nearly 391,000 individuals. But why are incidents involving ransomware still so rare on the federal health data breach tally?