Privacy regulators in Europe last year imposed known fines totaling more than $1.2 billion under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, including two record-breaking sanctions, law firm DLA Piper finds. The total value of fines in 2021 was nearly a sevenfold increase from that seen in 2020.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how attackers are distributing Night Sky crypto-locking malware to exploit Log4j vulnerabilities, lessons learned from Log4j and a security flaw that affects some Tesla-built vehicles.
A security researcher in Germany says he's discovered a software flaw affecting a small number of Teslas, allowing him to unlock doors and windows, start vehicles without keys and disable security systems. The flaw, however, does not affect steering, acceleration or braking.
The Cyberspace Administration of China's new regulation for companies that offer algorithm-based recommendation services has been met with caution. Some statements in the regulation, which is to go into effect on March 1, are vague enough to be abused, and confidentiality is also a concern.
The EU's law enforcement agency, Europol, has been ordered by a watchdog to not retain for longer than six months any personal data it stores pertaining to individuals who reside in the EU, unless it has ascertained that the individuals are tied to an investigation or criminal activities.
French data protection agency CNIL has imposed fines of $170 million on Google and $66 million on Facebook for not complying with cookie regulations. The watchdog has ruled that the firms should make opting out of cookies as simple as opting in, or pay a $113,000 fine for each day of delay.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the recent surge in Russian cyber interference in Ukrainian government and civilian networks, the impact of China's privacy law, and the battle against cryptocurrency cybercrime.
A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against a practice management and electronic health records vendor in the wake of a 2021 cyberattack affecting nearly 320,000 individuals. Among other demands, the lawsuit seeks a long list of security improvements by the company.
Chinese government agencies are reportedly using "sophisticated" software - including the acquisition of surveillance tools - to monitor popular social media sites and collect information on Western officials and journalists, according to a recent investigation by The Washington Post.
A Florida public hospital system has kicked off the New Year of breaches by reporting to regulators a hacking incident detected in October that involved data exfiltration affecting the personal information of more than 1.3 million patients and employees.
Buckle up. The healthcare industry and consumers are heading into the New Year with indications of significant changes to the regulation and enforcement of health information privacy and security by the Department of Health and Human Services. What's in store?
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including how the ransomware-as-a-service model shifted in 2021, the rise of fraud in faster payments and how to prevent it, and one CISO's take on the state of the industry.
Attackers continue to employ commercial penetration testing tools as well as "living off the land" tactics - using legitimate tools or functionality already present in a network - to exploit victims. Accordingly, organizations must monitor for both, to better identify potential intrusions.