Hacking incidents - including ransomware attacks, phishing scams and episodes involving vendors - are still the dominant culprits in major health data breaches being reported to federal regulators so far this year. Why?
A coalition of 41 state attorneys general has reached a settlement with American Medical Collection Agency in the wake of a 2018 data breach that compromised the data of 21 million individuals and pushed the company to file for bankruptcy.
Tales of poorly secured internet-connected cameras come along regularly. But the latest installment seems especially egregious because it involves Verkada, a widely used "surveillance camera as a service" startup, and led to remote hackers being able to spy on customers via their own cameras.
Proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule could weaken patient data privacy protections, say Rita Bowen and Zachary Perry of the Association of Health Information Outsourcing Services, who explain why in this joint interview.
Truveta, a new big data collaborative research effort involving 14 U.S. healthcare providers, will share de-identified data on millions of patients in an effort to improve treatments through personalized medicine. But the project raises important privacy issues.
A Georgia man has been sentenced to federal prison in an unusual case in which he portrayed himself as a whistleblower while falsely reporting to authorities that a hospital worker committed criminal HIPAA violations.
SonicWall was recently attacked via a zero-day flaw in one of its own products. Curiously, SonicWall hasn't said much about the extent and damage of the breach since its announcement. But there are strong indications it may have been targeted by an extortion attempt.
Bloomberg has stood firm on its controversial story from two years ago asserting that China implanted a tiny chip on motherboards made by Supermicro. But rather than proving its contention in a follow-up, it may have inflicted more reputational damage upon itself.
Many of the major health data breaches added to the federal tally so far this year involve business associates, continuing a trend in recent years. The largest of those is an incident reported by a children's health and dental insurance plan provider involving a website hosting vendor.
Continuing its initiative to ensure patients can access copies of their medical records, as HIPAA requires, federal regulators on Friday issued their 16th settlement in a records access case - this one with Sharp Healthcare.
HHS has issued its 15th HIPAA settlement involving a patient's right to access their medical records. Will enforcement of HIPAA's records access provision be a priority for the Biden administration, as it was for the previous administration?
Darknet markets just had their best year ever, led by Hydra, which accounted for 75% of the $1.7 billion in 2020 revenue such markets generated, Chainalysis reports. One key to Hydra's success is the Russian-language marketplace's constant innovation.
Micky Tripathi - a longtime health IT expert with deep roots in secure health information exchange and interoperability issues - will be the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
On the final full day of the Trump administration, HHS prepared to publish proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule this week. Plus, it revealed plans to ease off on HIPAA enforcement when organizations use certain web-based applications to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations.