The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has notified 167 covered entities they've been selected for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance. But the audits will focus on only a handful of requirements.
Most ransomware attacks result in a breach of protected health information that must be reported under HIPAA, according to newly released federal guidance for healthcare entities and business associates. But is the guidance clear enough?
Ransomware is devastating, and current security software doesn't do a great job of stopping it. But researchers say ransomware's behavior - quickly encrypting large volumes of files before users have time to react - could be the key to solving this epidemic.
Pokémon Go - Nintendo's new smartphone app - has been a smash hit. But the game's augmented-reality approach, and app developers' data-handling choices, have triggered security and privacy concerns as well as safety warnings.
Google has launched a two-year Chrome trial aimed at safeguarding the Internet against quantum computers, which security experts predict will shred all data safeguarded using current crypto techniques.
Omni Hotels & Resorts is warning customers that for six months, hackers infiltrated its networks and used point-of-sale malware to steal payment card data. One security expert says more than 50,000 stolen cards have been sold by a hacker called JokerStash.
A new EU law will impose minimum cybersecurity measures on organizations as well as require enterprises across multiple sectors - including the likes of Amazon and Google - to report security breaches to authorities.
Security firms are warning that they've seen a spike in infections tied to a virulent strain of trojanized Android adware called Shedun - a.k.a. HummingBad - that can root smartphones, survive factory resets and earn cybercriminals big money.
Nationwide fast food chain Wendy's has revised from 300 to 1,025 the number of restaurants that suffered payment card compromises. Investigators say the breach was more severe than they first believed, and involved two separate waves of point-of-sale malware attacks.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of an IT transformation that spotlights security efforts ranging from enforcing the use of two-factor authentication to reducing privileged access accounts, says a new mid-year report.
The federal tally of major health data breaches shows that to-date in 2016, there have been more reported hacker incidents than during the first half of 2015. However, so far this year, those hacks appear to be affecting fewer individuals.
More than half of all Android smartphones have a flaw that can be exploited to bypass the devices' full-disk encryption. As a result, law enforcement agencies - or attackers - could access all supposedly encrypted data being stored on vulnerable devices.
Members of Congress have sent a letter to federal regulators saying that because ransomware attacks are "different" from other breaches in the healthcare sector, there's a need for new recommendations in upcoming government guidance.