Turns out electronic learning products can be bad for children's privacy - and for their parents too. The VTech breach highlights how, despite repeated warnings, too many manufacturers continue to not take security seriously.
In yet another HIPAA enforcement action by a state attorney general, the New York AG has fined the University of Rochester Medical Center after a nurse practitioner gave patients' information to her future employer without getting the patients' permission.
Top American and Chinese government officials, meeting this week in Washington, agreed to create a common understanding on cyberthreats and how to respond to them, but the two sides offered different characterizations of the tone of the dialogue.
The breach of Hong Kong toymaker VTech highlights security experts' growing concern over manufacturers selling devices - for enterprises, medical purposes, schools as well as homes and now toy boxes - that don't appear to be secure by design.
Determining the "fairness" of Target's proposed $39 million settlement with financial institutions affected by the retailer's 2013 breach is impossible until we find out the answers to many questions, including how many banks and credit unions qualify.
The Chinese government concedes the attack on U.S. Office of Personnel Management computers emanated from China, but it contends the culprits were criminals, not individuals working for the Chinese government or military. Some experts in the United States aren't buying the Chinese government's explanation.
Target Corp. has reached a proposed $39.4 million settlement with a group of financial institutions that sued the retailer over fraud losses and expenses suffered as a result of Target's December 2013 data breach.
In the second largest financial penalty ever issued as part of a HIPAA resolution agreement, federal regulators have smacked Puerto Rico-based health insurer Triple-S Management with a $3.5 million fine as a result of multiple breaches. It's the company's second large fine from a government agency.
The security of Internet-connected toys is in the limelight after toymaker VTech acknowledged suffering a data breach that affects 5 million accounts and personal information and photographs relating to more than 200,000 children.
A security incident involving keystroke logging malware that apparently started at a Kentucky hospital three years ago - but was only recently discovered after a tip from the FBI - offers a reminder of the urgency of keeping anti-malware protection and mitigation efforts current.
While cyberattacks will continue to menace healthcare and other business sectors next year, organizations can't afford to overlook addressing risks tied to insiders, who are responsible for most data breaches, says Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution.
Ireland's Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin drew a capacity crowd for a full day of security briefings, networking, hotly contested capture-the-flag and secure-coding challenges, as well as a chance to sharpen one's lock-picking skills.
TalkTalk's confusion in the wake of its recent data breach, as well as mangling of technical details and failure to encrypt customer data, demonstrate the importance of having an incident-response plan ready in advance of any breach, experts say.
The FBI is pursuing a suspected Russian hacker who reportedly amassed a trove of 1.2 billion stolen online credentials, plus payment card data and Social Security numbers, and who's offered access to hacked Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Federal regulators have announced an $850,000 HIPAA settlement with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center stemming from an investigation into the theft of a laptop that was used to operate a medical device.