Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services says it is notifying "all Alaskans" that their personal and protected health information may have been compromised in a nation-state-sponsored cyberattack that was detected in May, from which the department is still recovering.
While the wait continues for the Biden administration to name a new leader for the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, the HIPAA enforcement agency recently issued its 20th settlement to date in a case involving a patient "right of access" dispute.
The FTC warns makers of personal health records, mobile health apps, fitness devices and a variety of similar products and services that they will face stiff civil monetary penalties for failure to comply with the commission's 12-year-old - but never-yet enforced - Health Breach Notification Rule.
While a final rule for enforcement of the 21st Century Cures Act information blocking regulations is slated to be issued this month, some regulators are still uncertain that timeline will stick, or when other related unresolved details will be disclosed.
"Silence is gold." So says ransomware operator Ragnar Locker, as it attempts to compel victims to pay its ransom demand without ever telling anyone - especially not police. But some ransomware-battling experts have been advocating the opposite, including mandatory reporting of all ransom payments.
A proposed class action lawsuit against Flo Health alleges the fertility-tracking mobile app maker unlawfully shared sensitive consumer health data with Google, Facebook and other software vendors. The lawsuit comes after a recent settlement with the FTC over similar data-sharing privacy concerns.
The Ragnar Locker ransomware operation has been threatening to dump victims' stolen data if they contact police, private investigators or professional negotiators before paying a ransom. But as one expert notes: "Perhaps the criminals watched too many TV shows, because this isn’t how the real world works."
The impact of Hurricane Ida, including huge power outages, points to the importance of healthcare organizations and others having comprehensive business continuity and disaster recovery plans in place for natural disasters as well as cyber incidents.
The Department of Defense did not effectively control access to the health information of high-profile personnel, says a new watchdog agency report, which hints that the findings also may indicate ineffective access control over other DoD employees' health records.
Indianapolis, Indiana-based Eskenazi Health has acknowledged that hackers stole some data and posted it on the darkweb after a ransomware attack. But the organization says it's not yet determined if individuals need to be notified because its investigation is still underway.
Mastercard says that starting in 2024, banks and other institutions that issue its credit and debit cards will no longer need to include a magnetic stripe on the back, and that by 2033, m
agnetic stripes will be extinct. Given magnetic stripes' many security downsides, what's taken so long?
T-Mobile USA says its massive data breach is worse than it first reported: The count of prepaid and postpaid customers whose information was stolen has risen to 14 million. Also revised upward: its count of 40 million exposed credit applications from former customers and prospects.