A privacy advocate says the loss of unencrypted backup tape drives containing personal information on thousands of deceased patients of a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital offers another reminder of the importance of safeguarding sensitive health information.
Post-OPM breach legislation aimed to toughen cybersecurity at federal government civilian agencies by requiring the implementation of state-of-the-art tools has passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
A breach of patient data on a Web portal was discovered during a lengthy criminal investigation into a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme targeting Healthfirst, a New York-based managed care organization.
Planned Parenthood has reportedly notified the FBI and Department of Justice of an apparent hack attack against the organization. An anti-abortion group that calls itself 3301 is taking credit for the hack.
Gene Fay of Resilient Systems says the traditional method of solving risk issues through technologies no longer works. Instead, he says, security must be built on the foundation of an effective incident response plan.
The string of hacker attacks in the healthcare sector, including the UCLA Health breach, calls attention to the urgent need for organizations to step up their security programs, John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and other security experts say.
UPDATE: CVS, Walmart Canada, Rite-Aid, Sam's Club and other retail chains have suspended their online photo services following a suspected hack attack against a third-party service provider that may, in some cases, have resulted in the compromise of payment card data.
In the latest in a string of major cyber-attacks in the healthcare sector, UCLA Health confirms that information on 4.5 million individuals may have been exposed when hackers breached its network in an attack that appears to have begun last September.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans' offer of extended ID protection to the more than 106 million individuals covered by their insurance could set new expectations for breach response, some security experts, including Ann Patterson, predict.
In the wake of several mega breaches affecting its affiliates, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association says all 36 of its affiliated plans will offer free identity protection services for as long as individuals are enrolled in their insurance coverage.
A day after the Office of Personnel Management confirmed that security breaches exposed to hackers the personal information of more than 22 million individuals, Katherine Archuleta has resigned as director of the agency.
As the U.S. Office of Personnel Management total breach victim count hits more than 22 million, many lawmakers are calling for the OPM's director to be fired. Meanwhile, the White House says it's weighing its response against the hackers responsible.
A breach of an U.S. Office of Personnel Management system used to conduct security clearance background checks exposed the personal information of 21.5 million individuals, the agency announced July 9.
More than 3,000 National Health Service patients had their personal data exposed when an employee lost an unencrypted memory stick in a parking lot, violating NHS policies. But creating policies isn't the same as enforcing them.
Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team has confirmed that it was hacked and recommends police, law enforcement and government agencies suspend their use of its software, pending a full breach investigation.