The back story behind the ransom attack that led to the unauthorized early release of the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" is a cautionary tale in dealing with cyber extortionists such as The Dark Overlord.
Hackers can breach air-gapped voting machines and tallying systems in an attempt to alter ballots to sway the outcome of an election, a Senate panel has learned. Also, at the hearing, DHS discloses that Russian hackers targeted 21 state election systems before the 2016 election.
Concerns over Russian hacking of state election systems are mounting. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a review of security efforts related to state elections. On Capitol Hill, Sen. Mark Warner wants DHS to release additional details relating to cyberattacks targeting state election systems.
A watchdog agency's estimate that as much as $729 million worth of HITECH Act incentive payments might have been paid to doctors who failed to provide proof that they were meeting requirements for meaningful use of EHRs - including risk assessments - is raising questions about the program's accountability.
A watchdog agency's audit of Virginia's Medicaid information systems found security weaknesses that could potentially leave beneficiaries' data vulnerable. Security experts say the audit's recommended improvements are needed at many healthcare organizations.
President Trump's recently signed cybersecurity executive order, which requires federal agencies to use the NIST cybersecurity framework, highlights strategies that some security experts would like all healthcare organizations to follow as well.
Criminals have long aimed to separate people from their possessions. So for anyone who follows ransomware, the WannaCry outbreak won't come as a shock. Nor will longstanding advice for surviving ransomware shakedowns: Prepare, or prepare to pay.
Microsoft has issued emergency security updates for some unsupported operating systems to protect against the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak. In addition, a researcher has accidentally disabled new infections from crypto-locking PCs, though he warns the respite will likely be temporary.
Federal regulators have smacked a mobile heart-monitoring technology firm with a $2.5 million HIPAA settlement related to findings from an investigation into a 2012 breach involving a stolen unencrypted laptop. What factors led to the substantial penalty?
Ransomware is the largest underground cybercriminal business. And like any business, entrepreneurs continue to find new ways to innovate. A Russian hacker has cobbled together a low-end ransomware kit costing just $175, aimed at anyone who seeks a file-encrypting payday.
John Kelly, in his first speech as the U.S. homeland security secretary, says the American government can't combat the cyberthreat without the active collaboration of the private sector. "The government, God knows, can't do it by itself," Kelly says.
Businesses that fail to block former employees' server access or spot any other unauthorized access are asking for trouble. While the vast majority of ex-employees will behave scrupulously, why leave such matters to chance?