Federal regulators have announced a $1.5 million HIPAA settlement with a Georgia orthopedic clinic stemming from a 2016 breach involving The Dark Overlord hacking group. The case serves as a warning of the potentially hefty cost of failure to implement a comprehensive HIPAA compliance program.
Several Senate Democrats are demanding answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs about cybersecurity practices after a breach that the VA says exposed data on 46,000 veterans, but which the senators claim also apparently affected 17,000 healthcare providers. The VA disputes that provider figure.
The U.S. Commerce Department is banning the downloading and hosting of China-based social media apps TikTok and WeChat effective on Sunday, citing national security concerns. The announcement comes as Oracle continues to negotiate a deal for partnering on TikTok's U.S. operations.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes whether a leaked database compiled by a Chinese company should be a cause for serious concern. Also featured are discussions on vulnerability disclosure challenges and risks posed by using social media apps for payments.
An Instagram post by one of Australia's former prime ministers led to a security researcher finding his passport and phone number due to a coding error in a widely used airline ticketing system. The bug has been fixed, but it's another warning to avoid posting photos of boarding passes.
Federal regulators have smacked five more healthcare organizations with financial settlements for failing to provide individuals with timely access to health information as required under HIPAA. Earlier, regulators announced two other similar settlements.
President Donald Trump says TikTok and Oracle are close to making a deal. Don't neglect to read the fine print. While the president has demanded TikTok divest its U.S. operations - preferably to Oracle - because of national security concerns, the Chinese firm is instead offering Oracle a minority stake.
What's one of the worst things that can happen during a pandemic? The answer is anything that gives people less reason to trust in their public health system to handle the crisis. Enter a data breach that has exposed personal information for everyone who's ever tested positive for the disease in Wales.
Potentially capping a fraught political showdown, China's TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has chosen Oracle to be its U.S. "technology partner," rejecting a bid by Microsoft. But Chinese state media suggests reports of a deal might be premature.
A leaked database compiled by a Chinese company has suddenly become the focus of news media reports warning that it could be used as an espionage instrument by Beijing. But on closer examination, the alleged "social media warfare database" looks like public information largely scraped from social media sites.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes how criminals keep finding new ways to make ransomware victims pay. Also featured: Preventing digital currency counterfeits; a proposed health data privacy framework.
If they were offered a substantial monetary payment or they faced certain challenging circumstances, some of those planning to enter the healthcare field admit they'd be willing to unlawfully obtain and disclose patient information, says Chul Woo Yoo, co-author of a recent study by three universities.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against Google and the University of Chicago Medicine involving complex privacy and other issues related to the use of patients' de-identified electronic health record data. But the court left the door open to filing an amended complaint.