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.
Five states are making progress this year toward passing privacy legislation along the lines of California's Consumer Privacy Act, according to the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Here's a status report.
The ongoing lockdown may be complicating the path of Cupid's arrows. But as another Valentine's Day rolls around, authorities are warning that romance scammers - and other types of fraudsters - are alive and well and have been increasingly preying on unsuspecting victims around the world.
Flavio Aggio, CISO of the World Health Organization, has had a long career across many sectors. He understands supply chain risk, and he sees the SolarWinds hack as "resumption of a very old attack - in new packaging." He offers insights on mitigating this and other cybersecurity risks.
Good news in the fight to prevent COVID-19 infections: Researchers report that a digital contact-tracing app rolled out in England and Wales that's designed to keep users' data private and secure is helping to blunt the spread of the pandemic. They urge continuing global uptake of such apps.
A finalized Federal Trade Commission settlement specifies security improvements that SkyMed, a company that provides medical emergency travel services, must implement following the leaking of 130,000 membership records.
Mobile app and other technology vendors must clearly communicate to users how their sensitive health data will be shared with third parties - especially those in China and other nations. Otherwise, they face potential regulatory scrutiny as well as privacy lawsuits, says regulatory attorney Ashley Thomas.
After being hit by SolarWinds hackers, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts instructed the nation's district courts to restrict the filing of sensitive information to hard copy or "secure electronic devices." But will this defense create an even bigger bureaucratic fallout than the attack itself?
The National Counterintelligence and Security Center is calling attention to China's ongoing efforts to collect DNA data sets and other sensitive health data of Americans through hacking and other methods. It warns the data could be used to support surveillance or extortion efforts.