Collaboration between medical device manufacturers and ethical hackers who discover vulnerabilities is getting better, but there's still plenty of room for improvement, says Bill Aerts, the former global privacy and security officer of Medtronic.
Recent settlements between New York State's attorney general office and three mobile app vendors for misleading privacy and marketing practices could have implications for other developers, especially if other states follow suit with their own enforcement actions, some legal experts say.
Some medical devices, smartphones and internet of things gadgets contain certain types of sensors that are vulnerable to potential hacking using sound waves, says cybersecurity researcher Kevin Fu, who calls on manufacturers to address the risks.
With ransomware attackers having already launched attack code with themes ranging from horror movies and Pokemon to Hitler to cats, it was only a matter of time before they decided to beam Star Trek's Kirk and Spock direct to would-be victims' PCs.
McDonald's home food delivery app in India leaked sensitive personal information relating to 2.2 million users. But the restaurant giant only addressed the insecure API after a researcher went public one month after informing McDonald's about the problem.
With apologies to Troy Hunt, the last thing you want to see in the morning as you're having your first cup of coffee and scanning the interwebz for cat videos is a notice from his "Have I Been Pwned" breach-alert service.
Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency dismissed as "utterly ridiculous" claims that it conducted surveillance on then-candidate Donald Trump at the request of President Obama. The White House reportedly apologized to the British government for its comments.
The Trump administration has called for trimming the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services by 18 percent. But what do we know so far about proposed funding for HHS initiatives designed to help ensure health data security and privacy?
Hackers have been targeting the likes of AOL and Yahoo, in part, because a certain generation of users - including many senior U.S. officials - continue to use the services to send and store state secrets. Let's make sure future generations don't make similar mistakes.
FBI Director James Comey worries about data corruption, and he's focused on hackers altering data. But if government leaders feed false information into computer systems, what should IT and IT security practitioners do to protect data integrity?
So far in 2017, hacking incidents continue to affect the largest number of individuals impacted by major health data breaches. Meanwhile, incidents involving unencrypted computing devices continue to decline, according to the federal breach tally.
Confide, an encrypted messaging application, received a surge of attention after White House officials began using it for leaks. But a teardown of the app by two security firms revealed a raft of serious security issues.
Attackers are increasingly targeting mobile channels, driving banks to seek better ways of verifying the authenticity and integrity of not just users, but also mobile devices and transactions, says John Gunn of cybersecurity technology firm Vasco Data Security.
A federal judge in Illinois has rejected part of a search warrant application that would allow police to force anyone present at the time of a raid to use their fingerprints to unlock digital devices. But the decision far from resolves the issue of law enforcement's efforts to overcome encryption.