A U.S. Defense Department agency that's responsible for providing secure communications and IT equipment for the president and other top government officials says a data breach of one of its systems may have exposed personal data, including Social Security numbers.
Hacking incidents involving email appear to be the most common type of major health data breach being reported to federal regulators so far in 2020. But the largest breach added to the tally involved a type of incident rarely seen in recent years: the theft of an unencrypted laptop.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the indictments of four Chinese military officers in connection with the 2017 Equifax data breach. Also featured: Advice on implementing NIST's new privacy framework; lessons learned in a breach disclosure.
Who's surprised Chinese military hackers allegedly hacked Equifax? For a foreign power that continues to attempt to amass personal information on its adversaries, targeting a business that gets rich by buying and selling Americans' personal data remains an obvious play.
Facebook scientists have proposed using "radioactive data" watermarks to identify when online images get used to train neural networks. The proposal appears to be aimed at the rise of big data startups, such as Clearview AI, that are scraping publicly available photographs to create facial recognition tools.
Twitter says it has fixed an API problem that would have allowed someone to match phone numbers en masse to corresponding accounts, which could potentially unmask anonymous users. The flaw could have been found and exploited by state-sponsored actors, the social media firm warns.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses the ramifications of the U.K's decision to allow limited use of Huawei's equipment in 5G networks. Plus: Updates on Wawa's stolen card data offered for sale and nascent security threats from social networks and drones.
A California healthcare provider took nearly seven months to report to regulators a phishing incident that exposed information on 200,000 patients. Security experts are analyzing whether the delay could be justifiable.
A point-of-sale system vendor that serves U.S. medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries left an unprotected database containing sensitive information about three clients and 30,000 of their customers exposed to the internet, researchers say.
Microsoft accidentally internet-exposed for three weeks 250 million customer support records stored in five misconfigured Elasticsearch databases. While the company rapidly locked them down after being alerted, it's an embarrassing gaff for the technology giant, which has pledged to do better.