Kudos to the breached business - in this case, kiosk manufacturer Avanti Markets - that quickly alerts victims and gives them actionable information for protecting themselves. Unfortunately, not all breached businesses are so forthright, as some recent data leaks demonstrate.
Avanti Markets is warning 1.6 million users of its self-service kiosk vending machines that malware-wielding hackers infected about 1,900 of its machines and stole names and payment card data, but not biometric information. Point-of-sale malware called Poseidon appears to be involved.
Although it's important to work with law enforcement after a data breach, organizations need to be careful about what information they share, says attorney Ruth Promislow, partner at Bennett Jones LLP.
As healthcare organizations build patient portals, they must address user authentication and a variety of other security issues, much like those involved in online banking, says Erik Devine, chief security officer at Riverside Healthcare in Illinois.
Travel industry giant Sabre said Wednesday an intruder using stolen account credentials for its widely used reservations software had access to payment card details and personal information over a seven-month period. But it declined to say how many people are affected.
Not so long ago, the information network was a tangible entity to manage and secure. Today, in the age of the cloud and connected devices, network security is a whole new creature. Michael DeCesare, CEO of Forescout, discusses how to respond to this evolution.
Police in Ukraine have seized servers operated by the Intellect Service, which develops the M.E. Doc accounting software used by 80 percent of Ukrainian businesses. Attackers backdoored the software to launch XData, NotPetya and fake WannaCry - aka FakeCry - malware campaigns.
The recent proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit against health insurer Anthem following a 2015 cyberattack impacting about 79 million individuals is significant for several reasons, says attorney Steven Teppler of the Abbott Law Group, who analyzes the deal.
Ransomware attacks are increasingly using multiple proven techniques to spread quickly and achieve the maximum impact before being thwarted. They are going to get bigger and target other platforms in the future, warns Justin Peters at Sophos APAC.
NotPetya was not as bad as WannaCry, despite NotPetya being even more sophisticated, and targeting the same EternalBlue flaw that had allowed WannaCry to spread far and fast. Microsoft says NotPetya's builders limited its attack capabilities by design.
With the exception of one large theft incident involving an insider, hacker attacks - including some involving ransomware - continue to be the leading culprits in the biggest health data breaches reported so far this year. What's next?