After complaints from merchants and an update from the Fed, Visa has modified debit routing rules, noting that merchants can route U.S. EMV debit transactions through any of more than a dozen available networks, and not just Visa's. The move could have implications for chip-and-PIN use.
Vulnerable firmware has been highlighted again in a range of low-cost Android phones, raising concerns over their security. This latest incident comes 11 months after security analysts first raised flags.
Last month, the FFIEC issued an FAQ about its Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, reiterating that use of the tool is voluntary. But some critics say regulators are still questioning institutions about their use of the tool during IT examinations, meaning its use is not truly voluntary.
Federal regulators are urging healthcare sector organizations to reassess whether their authentication methods need strengthening to help prevent breaches. But does their advice go far enough in advocating multifactor authentication?
U.K. Chancellor Philip Hammond used the launch of Britain's new five-year National Cyber Security Strategy to trumpet the country's strike-back capabilities. But other parts of the strategy - including more automated defenses - hold much greater promise.
In recent weeks, many more hacker attacks - including some ransomware assaults - on healthcare entities large and small have been added to the federal tally of major breaches, continuing a trend that started in 2015.
In the twelfth HIPAA enforcement action so far this year, federal regulators have smacked St. Joseph Health System with a $2 million penalty after investigating a breach that exposed patient information to internet searches for more than a year. And more enforcement actions tied to other breaches are on the way.
A federal watchdog agency's reviews of Minnesota's state-operated Obamacare health insurance exchange and Colorado's Medicaid eligibility and claims processing systems reveal a variety of security weaknesses that are also common among healthcare providers.
Verizon is reportedly awaiting the full results of a digital forensic investigation into the record-setting Yahoo data breach to ascertain whether it will revise its $4.8 billion bid to buy the search firm. Did the breach have a "material impact" on Yahoo's business? That's the question.
Hacker attacks continue to account for the vast majority of health data breach victims this year, according to the latest federal tally. Some security experts expect that trend will persist as long as many organizations focus narrowly on HIPAA compliance rather than larger cybersecurity issues.
To better mitigate the breach risks tied to the growing use of mobile devices, organizations need to adopt enterprise digital rights management as a way to improve data security, says Gartner's John Girard.
Bad news: A developer has released the source code for Mirai malware, which is designed to automatically find and hack internet of things devices, turning them into DDoS cannons. The malware has been tied to recent record-smashing DDoS attacks.
Don't leap to conclusions on the basis of a new report that suggests Yahoo is preparing to warn the world that it was hacked and lost hundreds of millions of users' account credentials. Someone may simply have harvested passwords reused on other sites.