Canadian information privacy regulators have ordered medical testing laboratory LifeLabs to improve its data security practices following their investigation of a 2019 breach that exposed the health data of 15 million individuals.
Why are some breach notifications delayed for months? This week, a company that operates senior care facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina issued a statement offering a step-by-step explanation.
Many ransomware gangs hell-bent on seeing a criminal payday have now added data exfiltration to their shakedown arsenal. Gangs' extortion play: Pay us, or we'll dump stolen data. One massive takeaway is that increasingly, ransomware outbreaks also are data breaches, thus triggering breach notification rules.
Four recent cybersecurity incidents that may have involved ransomware demonstrate the ongoing threats facing the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also serve as a warning that extra watchfulness is needed as physicians reopen their clinics.
When organizations eventually allow employees to return to their offices after the COVID-19 crisis subsides, they may discover "more network intrusions, data exfiltration and data breaches," says U.K. cybercrime expert Andrew Gould, who implores organizations to report these incidents to authorities.
Jewelry retailer Claire's says Magecart attackers hits its e-commerce store, hosted on Salesforce Commerce Cloud, and stole an unspecified number of customers' payment card details. Security firm Sansec, which discovered the breach, says Magecart attacks have grown more targeted during lockdown.
Delivery Hero, the online food delivery service, has confirmed a data breach of its Foodora brand. Breached information includes personal details for 727,000 accounts - names, addresses, phone numbers, precise location data and hashed passwords - in 14 countries.
The attack sounds ripped from an episode of TV show "24": Hackers have infiltrated a government network, and they're days away from unleashing ransomware. Unfortunately for Florence, a city in Alabama, no one saved the day, and officials are sending $300,000 in bitcoins to attackers for a decryption key.
Ransomware gangs keep innovating: Maze has begun leaking data on behalf of both Lockbit and RagnarLocker, while REvil has started auctioning data - from victims who don't meet its ransom demands - to the highest bidder. Thankfully, security experts continue to release free decryptors for some strains.
U.S. federal agencies reported 8% fewer cybersecurity incidents in 2019 compared to the previous year, according to the White House's Office of Management and Budget. But 71 audits of agencies' "high-value assets" showed many remain susceptible to attacks because of a lack of security measures.
A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed against Atlanta-based Aveanna Healthcare in the wake of a 2019 data breach at the pediatric home healthcare provider that affected more than 166,000 individuals.
A federal judge has ordered Capital One to turn over a forensics report covering its 2019 data breach, which has been sought by plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit. The report, if it becomes public, could shed light on one of last year's biggest breaches.
The Russian blogging platform LiveJournal confirmed this week that it suffered several brute-force attacks in 2011 and 2012. But it insists that the 26 million usernames and passwords that are now available for sale on darknet forums came from other sources.
Healthcare organizations need to diligently assess whether a security incident involving patient information truly qualifies as a reportable breach under HIPAA to avoid needlessly reporting it to federal regulators, says regulatory attorney Helen Oscislawski.