The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the results of over 1,000 cyberattack investigations in the U.K. Also: an update on the proposed NIST privacy framework and a report on voter registration information for sale on the dark web.
With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.
Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. What missteps does the settlement highlight?
A batch of U.S. voter registration records from 20 states has appeared for sale online in what appears to be an illegitimate offering. While it's far from the largest-ever seen leak of voter data, the incident again highlights the lax controls too often applied to voter records.
The Pentagon is warning that a data breach at a third-party travel management service provider exposed records for an estimated 30,000 civilian and military personnel. The breach alert follows a recent GAO report warning of serious cybersecurity shortcomings in U.S. weapon systems.
The FDA has announced a "voluntary recall" by Medtronic of certain internet-connected programmers for implantable cardiac devices due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Some security experts are hopeful that this will serve as a wake-up call for more manufacturers to take action on addressing cybersecurity issues.
Cryptojacking - the hidden mining of virtual currencies - continues to be a focus for online attackers. As the detection of cryptocurrency mining malware continues to rise, Europol warns that cryptojacking will remain "a regular, low-risk revenue stream for cybercriminals."
Millions of internet-of-things devices made by the Chinese company Xiongmai and sold in stores such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart still have glaring security problems, a security consultancy warns. The findings come two years after the Mirai botnet targeted Xiongmai devices.
Hackers remotely accessing medical devices and systems - potentially disrupting care and putting patients at risk - is the No. 1 technology hazard facing healthcare entities in the year ahead, according to a new report from the ECRI Institute. Security experts size up the significance of this risk.
Heathrow, the U.K.'s largest airport, has been fined by the country's privacy watchdog for a series of data security missteps that led to a USB memory drive containing highly sensitive information being lost by an airport security trainer on a London city street, where it was found by a passerby.
Google blames a bug in an API for its Google+ social networking service for exposing personal details of about 500,000 users' accounts, but says it doesn't believe the information was misused. The company was forced to acknowledge the March incident after it was reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Barriers to getting into the business email compromise - aka CEO fraud - game continue to fall, with security vendor Digital Shadows finding that compromised email accounts for a company's finance department can typically be purchased via the black market for just $150 to $500.
The healthcare sector needs to continue upping its ante in cybersecurity to prevent potentially catastrophic "doomsday" events that could devastate regional healthcare systems, says Erik Decker, CISO of the University of Chicago Medicine. He's helping draft a guide to mitigating five key cyber threats.
Did the Chinese government pull off one of the most secretive hardware hacks of all time? That's what information security experts are pondering after a Bloomberg report described an espionage operation that purportedly planted a tiny spying chip on widely distributed server motherboards.