Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
Federal regulators are delaying implementation and enforcement of certain provisions of the interoperability and secure information sharing final rules that were issued in March, citing the COVID-19 public health emergency that is overwhelming many healthcare organizations.
The U.S. Small Business Administration says a flaw in an online application portal may have exposed the personal data - including Social Security numbers - of approximately 8,000 loan applicants seeking help coping with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports.
A bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report released this week affirms that the U.S. intelligence community and its various agencies correctly assessed that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Cybercriminals are using spoofed messages and images from Zoom and Cisco WebEx as lures in new phishing campaigns that are designed to steal credentials or distribute malware, according to the security firm Proofpoint.
About 25,000 email addresses and passwords that are apparently for staff at the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other organizations have been dumped online, according to the Washington Post.
Three recently disclosed health data security incidents - including the discovery of a large email hack that happened nearly a year ago - serve as reminders of the ongoing incident response challenges facing healthcare organizations. And these difficulties are likely to worsen during the COVID-19 crisis.
IT services and consulting giant Cognizant is still assessing the damage from a ransomware attack on Friday. And it's warning that the incident is disrupting services to some of its clients and could affect the company's revenue.
About 267 million Facebook user IDs and other user information is being offered for sale on a dark net site for about $540, according to cybersecurity intelligence firm Cyble, which says the data, which does not include passwords, could be used for phishing and other schemes.
The use of telehealth is ramping up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the latest arrest in connection with a $410 million healthcare fraud case that includes a multi-million dollar telemedicine-related fraud scheme serves as a cautionary tale of how fraudsters can abuse telehealth.
All contact-tracing apps for combating COVID-19 must be developed in an open and transparent manner, remain voluntary, be based on Bluetooth, and allow users to opt in, or else they risk making the global pandemic even worse, 200 of the world's leading scientists and researchers have warned.
The U.S. Treasury Department is anticipating fraud as the IRS distributes about $300 billion in direct cash payments to Americans to provide economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Russian-speaking fraudsters already appear to be trying to game the IRS's online systems, one security expert notes.
Massachusetts and Indiana have reached separate settlements with Equifax over the 2017 data breach that exposed the personal information of millions of residents of both states. The company will pay a total of almost $38 million to settle with the states.