The Home Depot reached a $17.5 million settlement of a multistate lawsuit stemming from a 2014 data breach that compromised the payment card data of 40 million customers. The company will also implement new security procedures as part of the agreement.
A U.S. unit of Italian-based eyewear maker and eye care center conglomerate Luxottica has reported a breach affecting over 829,000 individuals - the fourth largest health data breach added to the U.S. federal tally so far this year. It's unclear if a recent ransomware attack is related.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion with Christopher Krebs, the recently fired director of the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency, on his accomplishments at the agency. Also featured are updates on ransomware gangs recruiting affiliates and healthcare supply chain risks.
European lawmakers are once again considering encryption policies and attempting to strike a balance between the privacy and security afforded by strong encryption and law enforcement's needs. But with encryption being a cornerstone of the internet, is there any new balance to be struck?
As ransomware attacks on the healthcare sector continue to surge, entities should heed the lessons emerging from these incidents as well as the advice provided in alerts from government agencies, security experts say.
Japanese computer game company Capcom acknowledged this week that a November security incident was a Ragnar Locker ransomware attack that resulted in about 350,000 customer and company records, including sales and shareholder data, potentially being compromised.
Ticketmaster UK has been fined $1.7 million by Britain's privacy watchdog for its "serious failure" to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. Its failure to properly secure chatbot software led to attackers stealing at least 9.4 million payment card details.
An unauthorized person apparently gained access to a database of insurance software firm Vertafore and compromised the driver's license information of over 27 million Texans. Security analysts say a misconfigured database is the likely culprit.
Two senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have been forced to resign, and a senior cybersecurity official fears he will be fired by the Trump administration, according to news reports. The moves have raised questions over U.S. stability during the transition period to President-elect Joe Biden.
Chat and collaboration software tools such as Slack are critical for software development teams. But a data breach experienced by Utah-based software developer WildWorks illustrates why developers should think twice before sharing sensitive database keys over chat.
Hacking incidents - including ransomware attacks - continue to be the most common type of health data breaches added to the federal tally this year. And the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will put healthcare organizations at heightened risk for such incidents in the months to come, some experts predict.
Darkside is the latest ransomware operation to announce an affiliate program in which a ransomware operator maintains crypto-locking malware and a ransom payment infrastructure while crowdsourced and vetted affiliates find and infect targets. When a victim pays, the operator and affiliate share the loot.
A medical device maker has sued an IT vendor in the wake of an email server migration mishap that exposed the health data of more than 277,000 individuals. The case illustrates the complexities of vendor risk management - especially after mergers and acquisitions.
Cybersecurity is poised to become a higher White House priority when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. And he's expected to renew key international relationships needed in the fight against cyberattacks.