The Philadelphia Department of Public Health inadvertently exposed on its website the records of thousands of hepatitis patients, according to a local news report. The incident points to the need for better staff training, one expert says.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes Twitter's repurposing of user phone numbers for targeted advertising. Plus: A discussion of 5G security issues and findings of the Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
The personal data of Mississippi citizens is susceptible to breaches because many state agencies, universities and other organizations are failing to comply with all the mandates of the state's cybersecurity law, according to a report issued by the Office of the State Auditor.
Online attack threats continue to intensify, with criminals preferring ransomware, DDoS attacks and business email compromises, warns Europol, the EU's law enforcement intelligence agency. After numerous successful disruptions by police, criminals have responded by launching increasingly complex attacks.
To ensure privacy is protected, governments need to make sure standards and regulations keep pace with the latest technology developments, including facial recognition and other forms of artificial intelligence, says Steven Feldstein, an associate professor at Boise State University.
Federal regulators are proposing a "safe harbor" that would permit hospitals to donate certain cybersecurity software and services to physicians. The move would modify the so-called Stark Law and federal anti-kickback regulations.
Twitter apologized on Tuesday for repurposing phone numbers provided by users for security features for use in targeted advertising, claiming the move was a mistake. Earlier, Facebook was reprimanded for a similar practice.
File transfers are a significant factor in accidental insider risk. Jeffrey Edwards of Progress Software explains how secure file transfers can help ensure privacy and play a role in regulatory compliance.
Code reuse kills - software quality, that is, according to a new study of C++ code snippets shared on Stack Overflow that were reused in more than 2,800 GitHub projects. But there's help for organizations that want to support their developers' urge to cut and paste prewritten code snippets.
The California Consumer Privacy Act could cost companies in the state a total of $55 billion for initial compliance expenses, according to a new study prepared for the state attorney general's office. The landmark privacy legislation is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Facebook is falling under renewed pressure for its plans to make its messaging platforms fully encrypted. The U.S., U.K. and Australia are asking Facebook to ensure law enforcement can access messages.
A dental practice in Texas that responded to patients' Yelp reviews by disclosing patient names and other health information has gotten a bad review from federal regulators: A $10,000 HIPAA monetary settlement and a corrective action plan.