A series of email alerts from the Department of Health and Human Services about the WannaCry ransomware campaign - and a number of related daily conference calls with industry stakeholders - appear to be part of a ramped-up push to improve cyber information sharing in the healthcare sector.
New legislation calls for an overhaul of the federal government's software vulnerability disclosure policies following the ransomware outbreak that was fueled by the leak of a stolen National Security Agency cyberweapon.
The House of Representatives has passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which supporters contend could help improve the security of the government's information networks. "It will keep our digital infrastructure safe from cyberattacks while saving billions of dollars," says bill sponsor Rep. Will Hurd.
Internet of things devices are vulnerable to an array of potential cyberattacks, including zero-day exploits, distributed denial-of-service attacks and passive wiretapping, according to a new GAO report, which cites mitigation advice from experts.
President Trump's recently signed cybersecurity executive order, which requires federal agencies to use the NIST cybersecurity framework, highlights strategies that some security experts would like all healthcare organizations to follow as well.
Disney is reportedly being targeted by cyber-extortionist hackers who have threatened to release a stolen, prerelease copy of the movie studio's fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film unless they receive a ransom, payable in bitcoins.
As organizations around the globe - including hospitals in the United Kingdom - recover from the WannaCry ransomware campaign, healthcare entities in the United States so far appear to have mostly avoided the crisis. But why?
Criminals have long aimed to separate people from their possessions. So for anyone who follows ransomware, the WannaCry outbreak won't come as a shock. Nor will longstanding advice for surviving ransomware shakedowns: Prepare, or prepare to pay.
Microsoft has issued emergency security updates for some unsupported operating systems to protect against the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak. In addition, a researcher has accidentally disabled new infections from crypto-locking PCs, though he warns the respite will likely be temporary.
A fast-moving ransomware outbreak has compromised Spanish telco Telefonica, multiple National Health Service trusts in Britain and other organizations around the world. The attacks have been using the leaked "Equation Group" SMB exploit to penetrate networks.