The number of reported U.S. data breaches hit an all-time high in 2016, according to Identity Theft Resource Center. But for half of all breaches, the number of exposed records isn't known. And what about all of the breaches that just haven't come to light?
In a reminder of HIPAA's tough requirements for breach notification, federal regulators have issued a $475,000 financial settlement and corrective action plan for Chicago-based Presence Health tied to its tardy notification for a 2013 paper records breach affecting only about 800 individuals.
For the second year in a row, the vast majority of health data breach victims were affected by hacker attacks in 2016, and the trend shows no signs of abating. Experts offer forecasts for breach trends in the year ahead.
Community Health Plan of Washington, a not-for-profit insurance company, says a security vulnerability on the computer network of a business associate resulted in a breach affecting nearly 400,000 individuals.
A report foreseeing homegrown hacktivists showing their displeasure with President-elect Donald Trump by launching cyberattacks against U.S. government sites leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, the details behind the 1 billion-record hack of Yahoo.
Yahoo has the dubious distinction of having not just one but two record-shattering historical breaches come to light this year. The latest breach to be revealed, which dates back to 2013, involved the potential compromise of 1 billion accounts.
In the latest sign that when it comes to data, absolutely nothing is sacred, hackers have set their sights on fans of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and in particular 1.2 million members of its Colonel's Club loyalty program in the U.K. and Ireland.
The U.S. Navy is set to begin notifying more than 130,000 current and former sailors that their personal information was "accessed by unknown individuals" after a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services employee lost a laptop.
Most - but not all - ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations are reportable breaches requiring notification to affected individuals and federal regulators, Deven McGraw, deputy director of health information privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, explains in this video interview.
Yahoo in 2014 spotted that an attacker - later revealed to have compromised 500 million accounts - was inside its network, according to a new SEC filing. With Yahoo's $4.8 billion sale to Verizon still pending, the admission adds to the search giant's complications.
Did security vendor Cylance lean too heavily on decade-old research into weaknesses in a still-used electronic voting machine in order to get pre-election day headlines? A company spokesperson says no.
"How secure are we?" That's one of the most common questions asked by boards and senior managers. But security and technology leaders do not always have ready answers, says Jacob Olcott of BitSight Technologies. Are they even using the right security metrics?
Asked to explain the compromise of 500 million of its users' accounts, Yahoo appears to be trying to blame Russia. Of course, that would be an easy face-saving exercise for a publicly traded firm currently negotiating its $4.8 billion sale to Verizon.
The handling of a recent data breach - the details of which are still unfolding - by Oakland, Calif.-based web services company Regpack provides a look into how the discovery and disclosure of a breach can turn into a real train wreck.
Is recently issued guidance from federal healthcare regulators clarifying when a ransomware attack needs to be reported starting to have an impact? Two recent breach notifications could be an early indication that the answer is yes.