Security practitioners often tread a fine and not entirely well-defined legal line in collecting current and meaningful research. This research can also pose ethical questions when commercial sources for stolen data fall into a gray area.
Android device users are being targeted by a sophisticated spyware app that disguises itself as a "system update" application, warns mobile security firm Zimperium. The app can steal data, messages and images and take control of phones.
A Florida-based mental healthcare provider is taking legal steps to help ensure that sensitive patient data that apparently was exfiltrated from its systems and stored in Amazon Web Service buckets is protected from further exposure.
What happens when an e-commerce retailer sends customers a data breach notification email with a subject line that reads "strictly private and confidential"? "Clearly trying to make people stay quiet," responded one unamused Fat Face customer. Others report being none the wiser as to what risks they now face.
A Swiss national who recently highlighted flaws in Verkada surveillance cameras has been charged with criminal hacking by a U.S. federal grand jury and accused of illegally accessing and leaking data from numerous organizations, apparently including Intel, Nissan and the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
Hacking incidents - including ransomware attacks, phishing scams and episodes involving vendors - are still the dominant culprits in major health data breaches being reported to federal regulators so far this year. Why?
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash, has reintroduced a bill that would create a national-wide data privacy standard that in its latest incarnation makes an attempt to placate Republicans. The bill, if passed, would replace a patchwork of current state laws.
Proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule could weaken patient data privacy protections, say Rita Bowen and Zachary Perry of the Association of Health Information Outsourcing Services, who explain why in this joint interview.
Using a nearly 20-year-old file transfer product - what could go wrong? Among the many lessons to be learned from the Accellion File Transfer Appliance mess is this: Attackers will devote substantial resources to reverse-engineer hardware, software or a service if there's a financial upside.
Ending six years of litigation, a federal judge has signed off on a $650 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Facebook for violating Illinois' groundbreaking privacy law that restricts collecting biometrics data. Here's why this case is so unusual.
Truveta, a new big data collaborative research effort involving 14 U.S. healthcare providers, will share de-identified data on millions of patients in an effort to improve treatments through personalized medicine. But the project raises important privacy issues.
A Georgia man has been sentenced to federal prison in an unusual case in which he portrayed himself as a whistleblower while falsely reporting to authorities that a hospital worker committed criminal HIPAA violations.
The Good Health Pass Collaborative is developing a road map for digital health passes that international travelers could use to prove they have been tested for COVID-19. Dakota Gruener, executive director of ID2020, which launched the project, describes the effort, including privacy-protection measures.
SonicWall was recently attacked via a zero-day flaw in one of its own products. Curiously, SonicWall hasn't said much about the extent and damage of the breach since its announcement. But there are strong indications it may have been targeted by an extortion attempt.
A California-based eye care provider – which also handles billing and other administrative services for a separate local surgery practice – says its online storage vendor was recently hit by hackers and paid a ransom for the return of patient data stolen from both entities.