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Privacy Tip #85 – OIG Warns Consumers of Phone Call Scams by OIG Imposters

Phone call scams are on the rise. In addition to scam artists posing as employees of utility companies (see Privacy Tip #84), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued a warning to consumers about a phone scam...more

Privacy Tip #84 – Utility Company Imposters Scaring and Scamming Vulnerable Consumers

A new but old scam is on the rise and is reportedly hitting droves of unwary and vulnerable consumers. This new but old scam has increased now that tax season is over, and W2 scams are difficult to succeed this time of year....more

4/27/2017  /  Electricity , Scams , Utilities Sector

St. Jude Medical On Hot Seat for Cybersecurity Flaws in Home Monitoring System

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning letter to St. Jude Medical, alleging that it failed to properly investigate issues with the batteries in its defibrillator implants and for failing to fix the...more

ACC Issues Data Security Guidelines for In-House Counsel to Evaluate Law Firms

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has issued its first-ever data security guidelines, which outline basic data security measures that in-house counsel can use to evaluate their outside counsel....more

Privacy Tip #83 – “Alexa, Disconnect Yourself from the Internet Now!” BrickerBot Malware Attacking IoT

We often talk about how anything that is connected to the Internet is hackable and unsafe, and to be careful about how you buy and connect devices, products, appliances, home security systems and other wireless “things.”...more

InterContinental Hotels Reports Credit Card Breach

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has reported a data breach of its payment card processing system. The breach involves malware that infected certain locations between September 29, 2016, and December 29, 2016. The malware...more

OCR Levies Hefty Fine Against FQHC

Showing no signs of letting up on enforcement actions, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) late last week settled an investigation against Metro Community Provider Network MCPN, a Colorado based federally qualified health...more

March Sees an Uptick in Health Data Breaches

The monthly breach report issued by Protenus last week outlining data breaches that occurred in the month of March concludes that there was an “uptick in the number of health data breach incidents.”...more

ABCD Pediatrics Victim of Ransomware

ABCD Pediatrics, located in San Antonio, Texas has notified the Office for Civil Rights that a ransomware cyber intrusion has resulted in access to its servers, including the protected health information (PHI) of its...more

Privacy Tip #82 – Downloading Free Entertainment is an Easy Way to Infect Your Computer with Malware

Remember when TV was free? Okay, most of you don’t, and I was just a tot, but back in the day, it was free. We didn’t have dozens of channels or choices, but everyone could watch the major networks and PBS without a cost....more

OCR Urges Covered Entities and Business Associates to Use HTTPS

New guidance from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) urges covered entities and business associates to use Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) to protect communications from vulnerabilities. According to OCR, the...more

GameStop Investigating Data Breach of Credit Card Information

Brian Krebs broke the story that GameStop was investigating a possible data breach affecting customers’ credit card information. This week, GameStop confirmed that it is investigating the possible compromise of credit card...more

Washington University School of Medicine Victim of Phishing Attack

Another employee falls for a phishing attack. This time, it was an employee of the Washington University School of Medicine The employee received a phishing email on December 2, 2016, and feel for what looked like a real...more

TrustE Pays $100,000 with NYS for Failing to Protect Children’s Websites

On April 6, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (AG) announced that he has settled an investigation against TrustE for alleged violations of failing to adequately prevent illegal tracking technology on...more

Erie County Medical Center IT Systems Shut Down By Virus

Buffalo, New York Erie County Medical Center has announced that its IT system has been shut down since Sunday, April 11, 2017, due to an unnamed virus. The shut-down has affected the medical facility’s email system,...more

State of Colorado Proposes Financial Services Cybersecurity Requirements

Following in the footsteps of the State of New York, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has proposed amendments to the Colorado Securities Act to require investment advisers and broker-dealers to implement new...more

DOD U.S.-CERT Cybersecurity Incident Reporting for Defense Contractors Effective April 1, 2017

New U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S.-Cert) guidelines around incident reporting went into effect this week (April 1, 2017). The guidelines require all federal departments and agencies, state, local, tribal and...more

IBM Issues 2017 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index Findings

Last week, IBM published its X-Force Threat Intelligence Index (Index), which summarizes the state of leaked records and vulnerabilities to data in 2016. It is depressing, but informative....more

Job Seekers Beware! Up to 1.4 Million Illinois Residents Receiving Unemployment Benefits Data Hacked

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has revealed that somewhere between 1.2 million and 1.4 million Illinois residents who have received unemployment benefits from the State of Illinois have had their names, dates...more

McDonald’s Canada’s Job Site Hacked

McDonald’s Canada has shut down its careers webpage following a breach that occurred in mid-March. A hacker gained access to the jobs section of its website and compromised the personal information, including names,...more

Rite Aid Beats TCPA Lawsuit Over Flu Shot Reminder Prerecorded Calls

A group of Rite Aid customers sued Rite Aid in December of 2014 for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it sent flu shot reminders to consumer’s cellphones without written consent....more

Privacy Tip #81 – LastPass Users—Listen Up!

People always ask me if I use a password manager. The answer is no. I am too paranoid to put all of my passwords in one place. Instead, I prefer to use variations on complex pass phrases that I can remember and I change them...more

NY AG Report Shows Number of Data Breaches Soared in 2016

Unfortunately, it was a record breaking year in the State of New York for data breaches. The New York Attorney General (AG) released his annual data breach report, which announced that the AG’s Office received 1,282 data...more

FBI Warns Healthcare Industry about Vulnerability of FTP Servers

The FBI issued a Private Industry Alert on March 22, 2017, to health and dental providers entitled “Cyber Criminals Targeting FTP Servers to Compromise Protected Health Information” specifically warning health and dental...more

Arby’s Whacked with More Data Breach Class Action Lawsuits

As we previously reported, Arby’s was hit with malware that infected over 1,000 of its fast food locations throughout the U.S. between October 25, 2016, and January 19, 2017, and was hit with multiple class action suits over...more

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