As the HIPAA security rule turns 20, it's time for regulators to make updates reflecting the changing cyberthreat landscape and technological evolution that's happened over the past two decades, says security expert Tom Walsh.
Nearly two dozen security weaknesses in OpenEMR - open source electronic medical record and practice management software - left patient data vulnerable to cyberattacks before most were patched, according to the London-based security research firm Project Insecurity.
Forty-eight percent of customers drop the products and services of organizations that have had a publicly-disclosed data breach. This is but one of the findings of the new 2018 Global State of Online Digital Trust study commissioned by CA Technologies. CA's David Duncan analyzes the results.
Hubris has a new name: Bitfi. The cryptocurrency wallet-building company, backed by technology eccentric John McAfee, earned this year's not-so-coveted Pwnies Award for "Lamest Vendor Response" for how it mishandled security researchers' vulnerability disclosures. Bitfi has promised to do better.
Espionage: Every nation does it. But for nation-state hacking that targets intellectual property or interference in political affairs, the U.S. has been using criminal indictments against individuals as a diplomatic way of saying: "We see what you're doing, now knock it off." But does it work?
The FIN7 cybercrime gang regularly phoned victims, posing as buyers, to trick victims into opening phishing emails and attachments with malware, federal prosecutors allege. The group's success - 15 million stolen payment cards and counting - is one measure of how difficult these types of attacks are to block.
A WannaCry outbreak has hit unpatched Windows 7 systems at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., crippling its factories. The world's largest chipmaker, which traced the infection to a new software tool that it failed to scan for malware before installation, says the outbreak could cost it $170 million.
UIDAI again found itself embroiled in a controversy when it was revealed that its helpline was being automatically added in the contact lists of mobile phones. But Google acknowledged that its coding error led to the mishap. Why was Google involved in getting a phone number for UIDAI preloaded on phones?
The chief security officer for the U.S. Democratic Party is recommending that all party officials avoid using mobile devices made by Chinese manufacturers ZTE and Huawei. Bob Lord says that even if devices from those manufacturers are free or low cost, no one wants to be the next "patient zero."
Retired Brigadier General Gregory Touhill, the first CISO of the federal government, spells out what he sees as the essential steps for fighting against Russian meddling in this year's midterm elections. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit in New York Aug. 14-15.
UIDAI, which administers the Aadhaar program, has some simple advice: Avoid behaviors such as what R.S. Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority in India, did on Saturday, when he tweeted his Aadhaar number.
One measure of why it's so difficult for organizations to keep their software patched and better secured: Of the nearly 20,000 unique vulnerabilities in 2,000 products cataloged last year, only half involved Microsoft, Adobe, Java, Chrome or Firefox software, says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie.
Reddit suffered a data breach in June after attackers managed to bypass its SMS-based two-factor authentication system. User data from 2007 and before was compromised. Security experts say the breach should serve as a reminder that using any two-factor authentication is better than none.