The Hong Kong Consumer Council said it had detected a severe ransomware attack on Wednesday that compromised 65 gigabytes of data, including employee and client information, internal records and possibly the data of current and former staff and their family members.
An Ohio community college is notifying 290,000 people of a data theft breach this spring that may have compromised their personal and health information. Security researchers say small schools such as this are now favored targets. Some 80% of schools have reported hacking incidents in the past year.
Indian government officials say they may delay enforcement of the new Digital Personal Data Protection Act to give small businesses and healthcare organizations more time to comply. A decision on the deadline will come sometime after the appointment of a Data Protection Board in the next 30 days.
Any healthcare organization that embeds tracking technologies in its website should carefully review whether it is inadvertently violating HIPAA or other federal regulations, said Nick Heesters, senior adviser for cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
The drumbeat for potential federal legislation to better protect sensitive health information - or at least new regulations - appears to be growing louder in Congress. One of the Senate's four lawmaker doctors is quizzing the healthcare industry on ways to safeguard health data.
Authorities are warning of threats posed by Akira, a ransomware group that surfaced in March and has been linked to dozens of attacks on small and midsized entities. The group is targeting many industries, including healthcare, and seems to favor entities that lack MFA on VPNs.
Federal regulators have smacked a large California health plan with a $1.3 million fine to settle potential HIPAA violations for two relatively small breaches that affected about 2,250 individuals. But officials indicate "long-standing HIPAA deficiencies" were a "systemic" problem at the insurer.
A federal judge has given the green light for attorneys to proceed with a consolidated class action lawsuit against Meta that accuses the social media giant of intercepting sensitive health information with its Pixel tracking tools used in numerous healthcare websites and patient portals.
A Norway court sided with the country's data protection authority in a battle against Facebook over surveillance based-ads, ruling that the agency has the authority to tell the social media giant to temporarily halt behavioral tracking without explicit consent or face daily fines.
An Alabama pediatric dental practice is notifying nearly 130,000 patients that their sensitive information was compromised in a recent cyberattack. The entity appears to have potentially paid a ransom in exchange for a promise by hackers to destroy breached data without further releasing it.
Australia's information commissioner has urged organifzations to quicken the process of notifying those affected by data breaches instead of spending months analyzing each incident. Angelene Falk said it can take anywhere from 20 days to five months to notify breach victims, putting them at risk.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services have publicly named 130 hospitals and telehealth companies that were recently warned that the use of online tracking tools in their websites or mobile apps potentially violates federal data privacy and security regulations.
This week, Japan's cybersecurity agency reportedly was breached, social media companies were urged to ward off data scraping, the NSA said it respects foreign intelligence targets, Polish authorities arrested two for hacking a rail network, and a ransomware gang used GDPR fines as scare tactics.
Medical device maker Medtronic MiniMed violated patient privacy by using tracking and authentication technologies such as Google Analytics and Firebase in its InPen diabetes management app and services, according to a proposed federal class action lawsuit filed this week.
Two organizations that operate clinics and hospitals in the Midwest are the latest medical care providers struggling with an enterprisewide IT outage affecting clinical and administrative applications. The incident appears similar to recent attacks on several other regional entities.