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FBI Issues Warning about Internet-Connected Toys

We previously reported about the microphone and video capabilities of Echo technology. The FBI is also concerned about this technology being used in toys that are connected to the Internet....more

Unencrypted Backup Drive of 531 EEG Patients Lost

Baptist Medical Center South, located in Jacksonville, Florida has admitted that one of its backup drives has been missing since May 18, 2017. The unencrypted backup drive contained the protected health information of 531...more

Privacy Tip #97 – Send Your Kid to Cyber Camp This Summer

I have lamented repeatedly that we have a dearth of cyber talent in the U.S. to meet the needs of employers. Many of our clients recruit talent from other countries in order to meet their cyber needs. The need continues to...more

Ashley Madison Settles Data Breach Case for $11.2M

Ashley Madison, which suffered a data breach in 2015 involving the loss of 37 million users’ personal and financial information, has settled the suit for $11.2 million....more

Three Million Wrestling Fans’ Data Compromised

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) has announced that it is investigating a “vulnerability of [a] database” containing over three million users’ names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, educational...more

VTech Escapes Class Action Case Over Breach of 11 Million Toy Users’ Information

In November 2015, VTech Electonics North America LLC (VTech) announced that an unauthorized party infiltrated its network and gained access to the personal information of 5 million adults and 6.5 million children through its...more

Hacker Steals Millions from Virtual Currency Exchange Bithumb

A cyber-attack against–Bithumb–one of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges and one of the five largest in the world—has reaped access to the data of 30,000 users and drained their accounts in the process. Bithumb is...more

Privacy Tip #96 – Consider “Who Has Your Back” as Your Next Summer Read

As you head to the beach or hammock for a bit of R+R this summer, here is one that you might want on the reading list. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been publishing a report entitled “Who Has Your Back”...more

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit...more

Office of the National Coordinator Issues Guidance After NotPetya Attack

Following the most recent ransomware attack, known as NotPetya, (among other nicknames), many health care entities were victims of the ransomware, which prompted the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to issue guidance...more

Princeton Community Hospital Replaces Computer Network After Petya Attack

Numerous hospitals were victims to last week’s (aka NotPetya) ransomware attack. But one hospital—Princeton Community Hospital in West Virginia–has admitted that it is going to replace its entire computer network after Petya...more

Privacy Tip #95 – Echo Show Drop In Feature

I don’t own an Echo, and Alexa is not listening to all of the conversations in my home. If that were the case, I would have no credibility in writing weekly Privacy Tips....more

FTC Settles Complaint Against Lead Generation Business Selling Consumers’ Sensitive Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has settled its Complaint against operators of the lead generation business Global Media, LLC and its CEO Christopher Kay for $104 million. The judgment has been...more

Health Care Data Breaches Cost $380 per Record

A new study issued by Ponemon Institute, sponsored by IBM, reveals that healthcare data breaches still cost more than in other sectors. The Ponemon Institute’s calculation is that the average healthcare data breach costs...more

OCR Issues Reminder on Security Incidents

Following the frequent and varied ransomware attacks on health care entities over the past few years, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published guidance last summer to the health care industry reminding it that a ransomware...more

HHS Releases Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry,” which is the culmination of a year-long effort on behalf of the Cybersecurity Task...more

FTC Issues Update on COPPA

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a six-step compliance plan to assist businesses with compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It provides clarity on who is covered by and must...more

Privacy Tip #94 – Keep Your Day Job and Stay Out of Jail

One of my favorite lines when I conduct employee education about data privacy and cybersecurity is “Keep Your Day Job.” The context of the comment is when I tell audiences about the dumb moves of employees who think they can...more

Petya Ransomware Attack Has No Kill Switch

On the heels of the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, a new ransomware variant, Petya, hit organizations around the world on Tuesday and stopped them in their tracks—including a major law firm. This keeps us up at night...more

North Dakota Medicaid Recipients Data Found in Dumpster

The North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) is notifying 2,452 Medicaid recipients that their protected health information has been compromised when their records were discovered in a dumpster....more

CoPilot Provider Support Services Settles with NYAG for $130,000 for Late Breach Notification

CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. (CoPilot), which provides health care companies with billing and insurance support services, has settled allegations by the New York Attorney General of failing to notify individuals of...more

Trans Union Hit with Largest FCRA Verdict to Date

Trans Union, LLC, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States has been hit with a verdict by a California jury for $60 million, which is the largest verdict under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to...more

Girl Scouts Issue Cybersecurity Badges for Girls in K-12

If you have a daughter in K-12 who is in the Girl Scouts, check out the fact that they can now earn cybersecurity badges if they demonstrate a mastery of Internet security. Brilliant! What a great way to get girls interested...more

Privacy Tip #93 – Electronic Frontier Foundation Privacy Badger

I am from Wisconsin, so I am a Badger fan. Actually a double Badger fan, as I am a big fan of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Privacy Badger. According to the EFF’s website, Privacy Badger “is a browser...more

1 Million Individuals’ Personal Data on Backup Drive is Stolen from Washington State University

File this story in the category of even locking data up in a safe is not secure. Washington State University (WSU) has begun to notify approximately 1 million individuals that their personal data was compromised when a...more

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