Federal regulators have hit a California-based healthcare provider with a $3 million HIPAA settlement related to two breaches involving misconfigured IT. It's the latest in a recent series of hefty penalties issued in HIPAA cases.
Apple has issued an iOS update that patches two flaws being exploited in the wild by attackers as well as the "FalmPalm" bug in Group FaceTime. Apple says it compensated the teenager who reported the FaceTime flaw and gave him an extra gift toward his tuition.
Hackers have breached the Australian Parliament's network, although investigators say they have found no evidence that attackers stole any data. But Parliament's presiding officers said all users have been ordered to reset their passwords as a precaution.
Hundreds of suspected customers of Webstresser, a DDoS stresser/booter site that was disrupted last year, are being visited by law enforcement agents and may see jail time. The police message: Using darknet cybercrime services doesn't guarantee anonymity, even if you pay with bitcoin.
Germany's competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has prohibited Facebook from combining user data from different sources unless users consent, and it has also prohibited Facebook from blocking users who do not provide this consent. Facebook has one month to appeal the antitrust decision.
For the second time, the Department of Justice has imposed a substantial fine on an electronic health records software vendor in a case that involves data accuracy and integrity issues that could affect patient safety.
Since the EU's GDPR went into full effect, European data protection authorities have received over 59,000 data breach reports, with the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. receiving the greatest number of notifications, according to the law firm DLA Piper.
Without improved coordination, the U.S. government and private companies could be caught flat-footed if a nation-state hit the software supply chain with malware or a worm, according to a new report that echoes conclusions made over the last decade and calls for closer industry-government ties.
A $3.1 million proposed settlement has been reached in a data breach class action lawsuit against Community Health Systems stemming from a 2014 cyberattack that affected 4.5 million individuals. Why are settlements in data breach cases still relatively rare?
A U.K. bank says no customers lost money after cyberattackers attempted account takeovers by rerouting one-time passcodes, Motherboard reports. Such attacks involve unauthorized tampering with Signaling System #7, the protocol used to route mobile phone calls worldwide.
In 2018, the Identity Theft Resource Center counted 1,244 U.S. data breaches - involving the likes of Facebook, Marriott and Exactis - that exposed 447 million sensitive records, such as Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses and payment card data.
Some 22 health data breaches reported to regulators in 2019 - including hacking incidents and thefts of unencrypted devices - already have been added to the official federal tally, with business associates involved in six of the largest incidents.
Ransomware victims who opted to pay for the promise of a decryption key forked over an average of $6,733 in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to ransomware incident response firm Coveware. It says strains such as SamSam and Ryuk, which demand higher-than-average ransoms, are increasingly common.