A 10-digit PIN used by consumers to freeze access to credit reports with Equifax is based on dates and times, several observers have noticed. Equifax says it plans to change how the PIN is generated, but experts say it's another troubling development for a troubled company.
The new head of the agency that enforces HIPAA says his top enforcement priority for the coming year is to find a "big, juicy, egregious" breach case to use as an example from which others can learn. What else is on Roger Severino's agenda?
Verizon has made a strong case for continual PCI DSS awareness with its new study of payment card data security. But like many vendors that conduct their own studies supporting their business cases, Verizon makes suspect logical stretches.
Password security guidance: Do block users from picking commonly used passwords. But to avoid a usability nightmare, don't block users from picking any password that's ever been seen in a data breach, security experts advise.
Crew error - not hacking - remains the most likely explanation for this week's deadly collision between a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer and a merchant oil and chemical tanker off the coast of Singapore, experts say.
Carbon Black rolled with the punches last week after it was accused of exposing customer data via a bug in one of its endpoint detection products. It turned out there was no bug. But the company has gone back and uncovered a bug that did expose customer data, albeit on a small scale.
Locky is back. After falling off the radar last year, the ransomware is once again being distributed via massive spam campaigns - run by the Necurs botnet - in the form of two new variants named Diablo and Lukitus.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An interview with the head of a new cyber initiative to help political campaigns and local, state and federal election officials safeguard America's electoral process. Also, analyzing the evolving characteristics of the healthcare breach.
Britain's home secretary claims that "real people" don't really want unbreakable, end-to-end encryption - they just like cool features. Accordingly, she asks, why can't we just compromise and add backdoors, thus breaking crypto for everyone?
Nuance has issued an unusual public letter to customers explaining why the medical transcription services vendor has decided not to report the NotPetya malware attack on the company to federal regulators as HIPAA breach. How did Nuance make its determination?
A hacker attack on a women's healthcare clinic that impacted 300,000 patients ranks as the second largest ransomware-related health data breach reported to federal regulators. Why did it take months before the clinic detected the malware?
HHS has made changes to a website widely referred to as the "wall of shame" that lists major health data breaches. The changes came after some members of Congress complained that the website unfairly exposes breached organizations to endless public scrutiny.
Christopher Painter, who has advocated for diplomatic engagement with cyber friends and foes alike, is leaving his post as coordinator of cyber issues at the State Department, a job he has held since early 2011.