In the aftermath of the Marriott breach, it's fair to characterize Gartner's Avivah Litan as mad as hell and not wanting the U.S. to take it anymore. Going into 2019, Litan has policy and technology recommendations for national cyber defense.
Ireland's privacy watchdog is probing data breaches at Facebook that exposed users' private data. In the latest breach to be disclosed, Facebook has warned that for a 12-day period in September, up to 6.8 million users' private photos may have been revealed to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers.
For the second time this year, health insurer EmblemHealth has been hit with a state financial penalty in connection with a 2016 breach that exposed Social Security numbers on mailings to more than 81,000 plan members.
Super Micro Computer says a third-party audit of its recent and older motherboards has not turned up evidence of a spying chip as alleged in an explosive report two months ago by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Bloomberg, however, has stood by its story despite no physical example of the malicious chip turning up.
In the wake of the recent Marriott and National Republican Congressional Committee data breaches, now is the time to get your board's attention regarding breach response and public disclosures. Attorney Mark Rasch offers insights for preparing and practicing response plans.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the validity of reports that China is behind the massive Marriott data breach. Also: Fascinating details in a Congressional report on the Equifax breach, and a clear explanation of "self-sovereign identity."
Hackers linked with China are suspected to be behind the four-year breach of Marriott's Starwood guest reservation system, according to several news reports. The suggestion is likely to contribute to increased tension between the U.S. and China.
In its third enforcement action in recent weeks, federal regulators have hit a Colorado medical center with a HIPAA fine in a case involving failure to terminate a former employee's remote access to patient data. Other organizations can use the case as a "teachable moment," one attorney advises.
Breach victims who sign up for free fraud-monitoring services from breached businesses that lost control of their data often sign away their right to join class-action lawsuits or pursue other legal actions, and Marriott proved to be no exception, following its mega-breach. But it now appears to be backing off.
Is there anything better than being offered one year of "free" identity theft monitoring? Regularly offered with strings attached by organizations that mishandled your personal details, the efficacy and use of such services looks set for a U.S. Government Accountability Office review.
Google says a buggy API update it pushed last month for its soon-to-be-mothballed Google+ social network exposed personal information for 52.2 million users. The data-exposure alert arrives just two months after Google admitted that a March problem with the same API exposed data for 500,000 users.
The massive data breach suffered by Equifax in 2017 "was entirely preventable," according to a report released by the House Oversight Committee's Republican majority. Some Democratic lawmakers have slammed the report for failing to advance legislative or oversight changes to help prevent breaches.
Victims of the massive Marriott International data breach, which exposed data for 500 million customers, including some passport numbers, may be able to claim reimbursement for the cost of obtaining a replacement passport, provided they can prove it led to fraud.
Yet another cyberattack against a cloud-based electronic health records vendor has been revealed. This one involved a ransomware attack that potentially exposed data on 16,000 patients of a California eye clinic. What can healthcare organizations do to minimize vendor risks?