How many different shades of bizarre is the data breach notification issued by software vendor Blackbaud? Over the course of three paragraphs, Blackbaud normalizes hacking, congratulates its amazing cybersecurity team, and says it cares so much for its customers that it paid a ransom to attackers.
Federal regulators have slapped the Rhode Island-based health system Lifespan with a $1 million HIPAA settlement tied to a 2017 data breach involving the theft of an unencrypted laptop that potentially exposed the data of 20,000 individuals. It's the largest HIPAA enforcement action so far this year.
Connected devices for consumers don't come with service-level agreements agreements. The travails of Petnet, the maker of an automatic, cloud-enabled pet feeder that has now gone offline offer a tale of caution that points to the need for stronger consumer protection for cloud-enabled devices.
To the long list of alleged hackers who failed to practice good operational security so they could remain anonymous, add another name: Andrey Turchin, who's been charged with running the Fxmsp hacking group, which prosecutors say relied on Jabber and bitcoins in an attempt to hide their real identities.
Ransomware-wielding attackers continue to pummel organizations. But labeling these as being just ransomware attacks often misses how much these incidents involve serious network intrusions, exfiltration of extensive amounts of data, data leaks and, as a result, reportable data breaches.
A lawsuit filed against a small Georgia hospital by four of its nurses who allege the facility "schemed to manufacture false negative COVID-19 test results" for several patients who previously tested positive is shining a light on delicate issues involving whistleblowers and the privacy of patient records.
The Maze ransomware gang is continuing to exfiltrate data from victims before crypto-locking their systems, then leaking the data to try to force non-payers to accede to its ransom demands. Don't want to play ransomware gangs' latest games? The only way to opt out is by planning ahead.
As healthcare organizations seek out recovered COVID-19 patients for potential donations of blood plasma containing virus antibodies to help treat other patients, they need to ensure these outreach activities comply with HIPAA privacy regulations, according to new federal guidance.
As businesses reopen, they need to carefully consider the privacy, security and legal implications of collecting COVID-19 related information from customers, employees and other individuals, says privacy attorney Iliana Peters of the law firm Polsinelli.
How big is the step from humans using drones to kill other humans to building lethal autonomous weapons systems that can kill on their own? Ethically and technologically, that's a huge leap. But military planners are working to build what some call "killer robots." And the UN wants them banned.
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.
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.
Don't forget to lock down online shared code repositories, as Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG learned the hard way after a researcher was able to access nearly 9 GB of software development documentation from a misconfigured GitLab repository.