A computer security researcher has discovered a vast marketing database containing 340 million records on U.S. consumers. The database is the latest in a long line of databases to have been left exposed to the internet without authentication, thus putting people's personal data at risk.
Reality Leigh Winner, 26, a former contractor for the NSA, has pleaded guilty to leaking a "top secret" five page document that describes Russian meddling with U.S. voting systems. She's agreed to a plea deal that calls for her to serve a 63-months prison sentence.
Privacy rights groups are calling on the Court of Justice of the European Union to clamp down on at least 17 EU governments that require domestic telecommunications firms to store all communications data, despite the court having ruled that such mass surveillance practices are illegal.
Helping victims know their passwords have been exposed in a data breach is half the battle in the fight to improve password security. To help, Mozilla and 1Password are integrating into their products a feature from the popular "Have I Been Pwned" breach notification service.
Behavioral analytics have taken the fast lane from emerging tech to mature practice. And Mark McGovern of CA Technologies says the technology is being deployed in innovative ways to help detect insider threats.
A lack of standards spelling out to manufacturers their responsibilities for addressing the cybersecurity of their medical devices - especially legacy products - has left a big burden on the healthcare entities that use these devices, says Cletis Earle, CIO at Kaleida Health.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that location data generated by mobile phones is protected by the Fourth Amendment, meaning police need "probable cause" before they can access it. The ACLU says the ruling "provides a groundbreaking update to privacy rights" in the digital age.
Australia's large online medical booking platform, HealthEngine, has become embroiled in a privacy controversy after it reportedly passed personal medical details to a personal injury law firm. HealthEngine maintains it obtained users' consent, but the revelation appears to have caught many by surprise.
A federal court recently dismissed a case filed by a patient alleging a laboratory violated HIPAA by failing to shield her personal health information from public view. The ruling once again reaffirmed a longstanding precedent that individuals cannot sue for alleged HIPAA violations.
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation is reshaping the way organizations handle data. That's going to have an impact on the sharing of threat intelligence. But the Anti-Phishing Working Group hopes the law will provide legal clarity that will make more organizations comfortable with sharing threat data.
Michael Jones of Domain Tools says that studying domain ownership information gives organizations "contextual data around domains that may be attacking them," thus allowing them to better block attacks, avoid malicious sites and combat phishing campaigns.