As ransomware continues to slam organizations, a lively debate has ensued about whether ransom payments should be banned in all cases. Attempting to ban ransom payments, however, likely would only make the problem worse.
Plaintiffs in the patent infringement case Centripetal Networks v. Cisco Networks won the day thanks to clear testimony and using Cisco's own technical documents in unaltered form. By contrast, the judge slammed Cisco for offering disagreeing witnesses and attempting to focus on old, irrelevant technology.
Why did Cisco, one of the world's largest and most successful networking companies, have to pay more than $2.6 billion in damages? A judge found that it infringed on four patents held by network security firm Centripetal Networks.
A 2014 data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the protected health information of 6.1 million individuals has led to another round of government penalties. This time, the Franklin, Tennessee-based company has agreed to pay $5 million for a settlement with 28 state attorneys general.
John McAfee, the founder of the cybersecurity firm that bears his name who also is a serial entrepreneur and a former presidential candidate, has been charged with federal income tax evasion. Plus, the SEC is accusing him of promoting initial virtual coin offerings without disclosing he was paid to do so.
Death via a thousand paper cuts? The U.S. government hasn't been able to arrange a domestic court date for whistleblower Edward Snowden, but via the courts, it's successfully been awarded $5.2 million in his book royalties and revenue from speaking engagements.
The attorneys general of 42 states plus Washington, D.C., have slapped health insurer Anthem with a $39.5 million settlement in the wake of a 2014 cyberattack that affected nearly 79 million individuals. Meanwhile, California's attorney general signed a separate $8.7 million settlement with the insurer.
Legislation that establishes minimum security standards for IoT devices procured by the federal government is moving closer to becoming law. A bill has passed the House, and chances are likely better than ever for Senate support following a rewrite of parts of the bill.
A federal judge Sunday granted TikTok's request for a temporary injunction to block the Trump administration's order that would have banned the Chinese social media app from the U.S. The order came hours before the ban was scheduled to go into effect.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office is urging Congress to pass legislation to reestablish a White House cybersecurity coordinator role. The position would coordinate the government's response to online attacks and other cybersecurity challenges facing the nation.
As the tally of reported heath data breaches related to the May ransomware attack on Blackbaud continues to climb, so do the number of lawsuits filed against the cloud-based fundraising software vendor.
A U.K. resident who was a member of The Dark Overlord hacking group pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday and was sentenced to five years in prison, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The group targeted several healthcare organizations and others.
TikTok and WeChat both received reprieves over the weekend that helped avert U.S. blocks of their social media apps. President Donald Trump says he has given his "blessing" to a deal that would see Oracle and Walmart take a stake in TikTok's U.S. operations. Separately, a federal judge suspended a WeChat ban.
Dunkin' Brands' settlement with the New York state attorney general of a lawsuit tied to a 5-year-old data breach affecting its Perks rewards cardholders could open the door to suits by other states - as well as customers.