The newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, has the potential to reset critical national healthcare priorities and policies, including those related to security and privacy. But what action will he take regarding HIPAA enforcement and other issues?
After spiking in 2017, the volume of attacks involving ransomware has since declined, but the malware still remains a potent threat. For attackers, ransomware barriers to entry are lower than ever, thanks to highly automated ransomware-as-a-service offerings.
After settling a breach lawsuit for $17.2 million, Aetna has signed another large settlement related to privacy breaches involving mailings to its health plan members. The latest settlement with the New York state attorney general's office involves two mailings last year.
The web may be largely funded thanks to online advertising, but the threat posted by malicious advertisements continues to escalate. Indeed, the latest malvertising scheme, uncovered by security firm Confiant, served 1 billion malicious advertisements.
The usual advice for major security flaws is to patch as quickly as possible. Now Intel is calling for a full stop due to imperfect patches for a trio of chip security vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre.
In separate cases, two hackers have either pleaded guilty or been sentenced to serve jail time in part for launching or facilitating DDoS attacks. One defendant, John Kelsey Gammell, was unmasked after taunting a former employer over the "ongoing IT issues" his DDoS attacks were causing.
A ransomware attack on electronic health records vendor Allscripts late last week is a reminder of the potential disruption to patient care delivery healthcare entities can face if a cloud-services provider suffers a cyberattack. It also points to the need for business continuity planning.
The operators of the Necurs botnet continue to target victims with phishing campaigns designed to infect them with banking malware, ransomware and cryptocurrency fever, as well as to generate profits via dating website referrals.
A mailing error can have huge consequences. Case in point: Aetna has agreed to a $17.2 million settlement of a class action lawsuit filed after a data breach involving HIV drug information that was visible through envelope windows on thousands of letters.
Technologists are wrangling with an identity puzzle: Is it possible to create a single digital identity that can be seamlessly and securely used at a bank, a hospital or consumer websites? It's the holy grail of identity. But experts say blockchain is likely not the answer right now.
To address growing concerns about Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India, which administers the ID program, is taking two key steps to add a layer of security. But some observers are already questioning whether the move will prove effective.
Intel says firmware updates it developed to help protect users against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities have been causing not just older CPUs but also its newest processors - in both client devices and data center servers - to reboot much more frequently than they should.
Two men have been sentenced to serve at about six years each in U.S. federal prison after selling drugs such as marijuana and cocaine via darknet markets, including AlphaBay. The separate arrests of both defendants predate law enforcement seizing control of AlphaBay.
A recent incident involving an Indiana hospital that publicly admitted to paying a $55,000 ransom to unlock data following a ransomware attack - despite having backup systems - highlights the need to test data recovery plans.
Virtual currency that's been surging in value, stored in internet-connected banks and virtual "hot wallets": What could go wrong? The answer includes well over $175 million worth of stolen cryptocurrency and attacks that have been tied to North Korea's Lazarus Group.