Hacker attacks added to the HHS Office for Civil Rights "wall of shame" tally of major health data breaches in recent weeks have affected a total of more than 8 million victims. But it's not just hacker attacks that are racking up big breach victim totals.
A Florida healthcare provider that treated victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in June is notifying patients impacted by a breach involving record snooping. The incident spotlights common privacy and security challenges.
Ashley Madison, the extramarital online hookup service breached by attackers in 2015, has agreed to bolster its information security and data retention practices after regulators in Australia and Canada ruled that the site violated local privacy laws.
In an in-depth interview, Ron Ross of the National Institute of Standards and Technology explains pending revisions of guidance on how organizations outside the U.S. government should protect sensitive federal data.
Malware researcher Ivan Kwiatkowski unleashed ransomware on tech-support scammers after his parents stumbled across a site warning they'd been infected by Zeus. Despite the feel-good factor, however, security experts advise against hacking back.
The legal obstacles to achieving the goal of national health information exchange can be overcome, attorney Valita Fredland, the new privacy officer of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, contends in this interview.
Unlike other malware, ransomware practically screams and shouts at victims, and that distinct behavior holds promise for helping to better detect and block ransomware infections, according to Northeastern University security researchers.
Russia, which some have blamed for attacks against the Democratic Party in the U.S., has offered a detailed description of coordinated cyberattacks against its scientific, public authority and military institutions. Is the announcement a tit-for-tat move after the charges of Russian involvement in U.S. hacks?
HHS will issue up $1.75 million in grants to give a boost to one organization that will take a lead role in cyber threat information sharing. A top priority of the ramped-up effort to help fight cyberattacks in the healthcare sector is to keep smaller organizations better informed of the latest risks.
The Federal Trade Commission has overturned a decision made last fall by its own administrative law judge to dismiss the longstanding data security enforcement case against the now-shuttered medical testing laboratory LabMD. Company CEO Michael Daugherty plans to appeal.
The Democratic Party platform calls for balancing privacy and security concerns, and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine endorses the formation of a commission to advise Congress on developing digital security and encryption laws.
CEO fraud campaigns are becoming far more common. A recent attack against our company was deflected because of the alertness of a staff member who received a fraudulent wire transfer request, illustrating why well-informed employees truly are the best lines of defense against these schemes.
A Congressional proposal that would allow HHS to offer technical assistance to private-sector efforts aimed at solving the problem of matching the right records to the right patient could pave the way for a significant breakthrough, says Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of AHIMA, which represents records professionals.