Top American and Chinese government officials, meeting this week in Washington, agreed to create a common understanding on cyberthreats and how to respond to them, but the two sides offered different characterizations of the tone of the dialogue.
Despite the frequency of healthcare data breaches, only half of U.S. hospitals have the infrastructure to support two-factor authentication, according to a new report. Plus, some information security leaders say implementation of the technology at many of those facilities is likely relatively narrow.
The breach of Hong Kong toymaker VTech highlights security experts' growing concern over manufacturers selling devices - for enterprises, medical purposes, schools as well as homes and now toy boxes - that don't appear to be secure by design.
The Chinese government concedes the attack on U.S. Office of Personnel Management computers emanated from China, but it contends the culprits were criminals, not individuals working for the Chinese government or military. Some experts in the United States aren't buying the Chinese government's explanation.
Target Corp. has reached a proposed $39.4 million settlement with a group of financial institutions that sued the retailer over fraud losses and expenses suffered as a result of Target's December 2013 data breach.
In its latest report to Congress, the HHS Office of Inspector General spotlights recent efforts to combat healthcare fraud and pinpoints how data security can be improved at several agencies within HHS.
In the second largest financial penalty ever issued as part of a HIPAA resolution agreement, federal regulators have smacked Puerto Rico-based health insurer Triple-S Management with a $3.5 million fine as a result of multiple breaches. It's the company's second large fine from a government agency.
The security of Internet-connected toys is in the limelight after toymaker VTech acknowledged suffering a data breach that affects 5 million accounts and personal information and photographs relating to more than 200,000 children.
A security incident involving keystroke logging malware that apparently started at a Kentucky hospital three years ago - but was only recently discovered after a tip from the FBI - offers a reminder of the urgency of keeping anti-malware protection and mitigation efforts current.
The FBI is pursuing a suspected Russian hacker who reportedly amassed a trove of 1.2 billion stolen online credentials, plus payment card data and Social Security numbers, and who's offered access to hacked Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Federal regulators have announced an $850,000 HIPAA settlement with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center stemming from an investigation into the theft of a laptop that was used to operate a medical device.
The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection plans to appeal an FTC administrative law judge's initial decision to dismiss the FTC's data security enforcement case against LabMD, a cancer testing laboratory.
Credit rating agency Moody's Corp. warns that cyber defenses as well as breach detection, prevention and response will be higher priorities in its analysis of the creditworthiness of companies across all sectors, including healthcare and financial services.
Dell is moving to patch a customer-support application preinstalled on many laptops and PCs after security researchers found that it installs a root certificate that could be abused by attackers to intercept private data.
With the heightening of the threat of cyber-attacks to America's critical infrastructure, a congressional watchdog says federal agencies need to adopt better metrics to determine the risks specific to the industries they monitor.