Discount brokerage firm Scottrade says hackers accessed its computer network and stole names and street addresses of millions of its clients. The firm says it learned of the intrusion from law enforcement officials.
Privacy and security challenges are among the key obstacles to achieving electronic health records interoperability and nationwide secure exchange of health information, according to a new report. But a federal official tells a Senate committee efforts are underway to overcome the challenges.
Credit-rating provider Experian says a hack attack compromised a server storing sensitive personal information on millions of T-Mobile customers, including those requiring credit checks for service or device financing.
A Russian cybercriminal who used the Citadel banking Trojan to infect at least 7,000 PCs has received a 4.5 year jail sentence. Authorities tracked him in part thanks to his posts to a Citadel user group.
Reports that a Linux-based botnet has been lobbing 160 Gbps packet storms highlight how DDoS attacks remain alive and well. Experts also warn that DDoS attackers are mixing Windows and Linux malware and running extortion scams.
The Precision Medicine Initiative announced earlier this year by the Obama administration is the ultimate healthcare "big data" project and faces many security and privacy challenges, says attorney Kirk Nahra.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights should take 10 steps to strengthen its oversight of HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance as well as improve followup activities on reported data breaches, a government watchdog agency concludes in two new reports.
Even if China fails to live up to its promise to stop pilfering corporate trade secrets, as America's spy chief predicts, the U.S. could still benefit diplomatically from the two nations' cybersecurity agreement.
In addition to having a dedicated individual or team responsible for privacy matters, organizations must ensure their information security and IT staffs are knowledgeable about data privacy issues, says Trevor Hughes, CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
The commoditization of attack infrastructure and services in the cyber-criminal underground, and the low cost and ease of launching targeted attacks, are growing concerns that require new defense strategies, says Trend Micro's Raimund Genes.
A new GAO report points out persistent cybersecurity weaknesses among the federal government's two dozen largest agencies. It also questions the comprehensiveness of the guidance inspectors general receive for auditing the IT security compliance of agencies.
It's been two years since enforcement of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule's modified breach notification requirements began. But the most significant changes in the federal tally of major health data breaches since then appear to have more to do with a surge in hacker activity than the new requirements under HIPAA Omnibus.
The hotel chain bearing 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's name has confirmed that its point-of-sale systems were malware-infected for more than a year, but it's downplaying the possibility that card data was exfiltrated or used to commit fraud.
Defeating biometrics-based security with far-fetched schemes, such as stealing or replacing eyeballs and fingertips, is a recurring theme in the movies. But real-world advances in authentication will help make it difficult to circumvent real-world security.
The leader of a $24 million identity theft and tax refund fraud ring, which stole data from a military hospital, the Alabama Department of Public Health and others, has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Experts recommend steps organizations can take to prevent such crimes.