Electronic health records potentially can be exposed in many ways. For example, in one recent incident, information on thousands of patients was apparently left exposed on an unsecured cloud server. And in another, critical security vulnerabilities in an open-source EHR system put patients' data at risk.
Hackers exfiltrated voters' personally identifiable information from online voter registration servers in Alaska in September, and the information likely was used for voter intimidation and propaganda purposes, state officials say.
A defense policy bill that Congress plans to vote on later this month now includes a provision that would restore the position of national cyber director at the White House, says Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a serious Apple iOS "zero-click exploit" that could have allowed hackers to remotely gain complete control of a device. Also featured: a discussion of identity proofing challenges and a review of New Zealand's updated Privacy Act.
Trickbot malware has been updated with a bootkit module, nicknamed Trickboot, which can search for UEFI/BIOS firmware vulnerabilities, according to a report from the security firms Eclypsium and Advanced Intelligence. These flaws, if exploited, can give an attacker the ability to brick a device.
CISA, citing a new report by IBM, is warning organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution of a global phishing campaign targeting the cold storage and transport supply chain. Many vaccines in development must be kept at low temperatures before being administered.
Microsoft is revamping its controversial "productivity score" in Microsoft 365 so that individual workers can no longer be tracked. The move follows warnings by privacy advocates that the feature was a step too far into the realm of workplace surveillance.
Twenty-five countries are likely using spyware sold by a company called Circles that can snoop on mobile phone calls and text messages, according to The Citizen Lab, a research organization based at the University of Toronto.
A 21-year-old California man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly hacking gaming company Nintendo to steal confidential data has been sentenced to serve three years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Social media poses special risks for minors. Data scientist David Stier, who has discovered leaks of minors' personally identifiable information on Instagram, shares insights on how social media companies should better protect PII.
CISA and the FBI have issued a warning that advanced persistent threat groups are waging cyberespionage campaigns against U.S. think tanks, especially those working on international affairs or national security policy.
Interpol the international law enforcement organization, is warning of a potential surge in organized crime activity tied to COVID-19 vaccines. The alert follows recent reports of spikes in alleged cyberattacks by suspected North Korean hackers against companies working on vaccines and treatments.