The Internal Revenue Service, for the second time since August, has revised upward the number of accounts victimized in its Get Transcript breach, with the tax agency saying the personal information from as many as 724,000 taxpayers' accounts may have been stolen.
Several recent health data security incidents - including two at a Florida hospital and another at a Washington state Medicaid agency - illustrate the challenges healthcare organizations face in detecting and preventing insider breaches.
While 2015 will be remembered as the year of major hacker attacks in the healthcare sector, most of the health data breaches added so far this year to the official federal tally have involved blunders by insiders. That's why infosec pros need to focus on more than just mitigating hacker threats.
The New York Attorney General's settlement with taxi-hailing platform Uber - over alleged customer data privacy violations and a delayed data breach notification - provides a best practice security template for any organization that handles customer data.
Hyatt warns that it's the latest hotel chain to fall victim to POS malware. It's offered scant breach-related details, but lots of bromides about taking payment card security seriously and urging customers to keep paying by card.
Europe looks set to pass sweeping new data protection rules, which would give consumers more control over how their personal information gets used and require organizations to notify authorities whenever they suffer a data breach.
The Data Security Act of 2015, approved by the House Financial Services Committee, would create a national data breach notification requirement and spell out data security standards businesses must follow, usurping 47 state laws.
Another healthcare organization has disclosed that the FBI has detected a cyberattack on its computer network exposing information about its patients. Security experts expect more alerts from the FBI and call on organizations to ramp up breach detection.
Turns out electronic learning products can be bad for children's privacy - and for their parents too. The VTech breach highlights how, despite repeated warnings, too many manufacturers continue to not take security seriously.
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.
Ireland's Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin drew a capacity crowd for a full day of security briefings, networking, hotly contested capture-the-flag and secure-coding challenges, as well as a chance to sharpen one's lock-picking skills.
Despite near-constant warnings from law enforcement officials and the information security community, too many organizations still aren't taking security seriously, experts warned at the Irish Cyber Crime Conference in Dublin.
While 2015 is already a record year for mega breaches in the healthcare sector, recent incidents involving common, persistent problems - as well as smaller scale hacker attacks - continue to litter the federal tally of health data breaches.
British police have arrested a third suspect in connection with the hack attack against telecommunications provider TalkTalk. Separately, Vodafone UK also issued an alert of a breach, which it traced to reused passwords.