Federal regulators plan to craft a new proposal for revamping a HIPAA Privacy Rule provision for "accounting of disclosures" of electronic patient records. Updating that rule was mandated under the HITECH Act, but the modification has been in limbo since 2011.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge, via a myPersonality test on Facebook, reportedly used data from 3 million users to power a spin-off company that delivered targeted advertising services. Facebook says the app is one of 200 that it's suspended for suspicious data handling practices.
Mexican officials are investigating a series of technical glitches that may have been a prelude to a large cyberattack affecting at least five banks, according to news reports. While the full scope of the incidents remains unclear, up to $20 million may have been stolen.
Speech recognition software vendor Nuance Communications says an unauthorized third party accessed one of its medical transcription platforms, exposing records for 45,000 people. The company has blamed the breach on a former employee, who accessed personal data from several of Nuance's clients.
European computer security researchers say they have discovered vulnerabilities that relate to two techniques used to encrypt emails: PGP and S/MIME. Security experts recommend all PGP users immediately delete or disable their PGP tools, pending a full fix.
Chili's Grill & Bar is warning customers that an unknown number of payment cards were compromised at an unknown number of corporate-owned locations earlier this year for a period of time it suspects lasted two months. Should Chili's have waited to alert customers until it had more information?
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has reintroduced legislation in the House that would stop the government from forcing software vendors to intentionally weaken their products for surveillance purposes. Two prior attempts to enact the legislation in Congress have failed.
As recent breaches attest, today's approaches to cybersecurity are insufficient. Kim DeCarlis of Gigamon offers her views on what organizations must do differently to ensure stronger cybersecurity postures.
Eduard Goodman, global privacy officer of CyberScout, doesn't like the disorganized way most cyber incidents are handled now. Instead, he would like to see a more project management approach. Here are the benefits he foresees.
With the rise of P2P payment networks and the U.S. working toward a real-time national payments network, the push is on to battle fraudsters. Also, attackers are hacking legitimate websites to more stealthily distribute "Gandcrab" crypto-locking ransomware.
Although the National Institutes of Health is implementing strong privacy measures as it begins its effort to enroll 1 million volunteers to contribute data to its "All of Us" precision medicine research project, there are still risks involved, says privacy attorney Kirk Nahra.
A recent hacking incident involving a firm that staffs U.S. hospitals' emergency departments with physicians serves as a reminder of tricky questions that can pop up when a vendor has a breach impacting patient data.
The Gandcrab ransomware has been a moving target. Since it was discovered in January, it quickly became one of the most widely distributed file-encrypting malware programs. Researchers with Cisco say they've now found it seeded within legitimate websites, making its spread tougher to stop.