Cyber Attacks

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Illinois voter registration database hacked

The Illinois State Board of Elections has notified voters that its online voter registration site has been hacked. According to the letter sent to Illinois voters by the Board of Elections, “We have found no evidence...more

Is Ransomware a Notifiable Data Breach Event?

There is no doubt that companies face unprecedented volume and variation in both disruptive and intrusive cyberattacks on their networks. Among the different attack methodologies today, ransomware is quickly becoming a major...more

Privacy Tip #45 – Evaluate the data security of your dream car before you buy it: Tesla is on top for data security right now

We have previously reported on hackings of automobiles. Not only can hackings obtain information about your driving habits, your GPS usage and location, the use of your cell phone, access to your contacts, and other...more

Auto-ISAC announces automotive cybersecurity best practices

Members of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) recently released an overview of comprehensive Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices developed as a proactive measure to further enhance vehicle...more

Boosts in Ransomware Attacks Spark Multiple Government Agency Responses

Following a recent U.S. government interagency report indicating that, on average, there has been an alarming 300 percent spike in daily ransomware attacks since early 2016 as compared with 2015, the U.S. Department of Health...more

OCR Makes It Official: Ransomware Attacks Are HIPAA Breaches

Ransomware attacks appear to be increasing in frequency as well as severity. Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts data until a ransom is paid to the hacker. For healthcare providers, the inability to access...more

HHS Releases Guidance On Ransomware And HIPAA

On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published new guidance on the how HIPAA applies to ransomware prevention and attacks. Specifically, the guidance lays out...more

HHS: Ransomware Attacks Can Trigger Reporting Requirements

On July 11, 2016, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new HIPAA guidance regarding ransomware. The Fact Sheet, issued by OCR on July 11, covers various issues relating to ransomware, including reporting...more

Cybersecurity News & Notes – July 2016 #4

In Case You Missed It: U.S. Major party platforms address cybersecurity. The two major parties have released their 2016 election platforms, both of which include cybersecurity planks. The Republican platform’s perspective...more

HHS OCR Guidance on Ransomware Attacks: They Constitute a “Security Incident” and Are Likely a Data Breach

On July 11, 2016, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance on HIPAA covered entities’ responsibilities in a ransomware attack, a type of cyber-attack that has targeted the health care sector extensively in...more

Symantec releases “Ransomware and Businesses” report

Symantec Corp released its annual “Ransomware and Businesses” report this week outlining the increasing sophistication of ransomware attacks. Individuals continue to be the primary target of ransomware attacks as they usually...more

Ransomware Attack is a Breach – Unless You Can Prove Otherwise

Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat in the United States, targeting simple home computers to elaborate corporate IT networks. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently reported an increase in ransomware...more

On the Move and At Risk: Safeguards for Mitigating Mobile Device Vulnerabilities While Traveling Overseas

Employees use their smartphones as a key tool for accessing information during a work day – especially when outside the office and traveling on business. While smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices may increase...more

HHS: Ransomware Attacks Likely HIPAA Breaches In Absence of Encryption

On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a Fact Sheet that provides guidance on (i) how HIPAA Security Rule compliance can assist health care organizations combat ransomware attacks, and...more

Will GOP Endorsement of ‘Hack Back’ Make Cyberspace Safe Again?

Amidst the balloons and excitement (and smoke machines and procedural kerfuffles) at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, one provision in the party platform has caught the eye of cyber experts. For the first time, an American...more

Black Hat Reports Increase in Cybersecurity Concerns

The 2016 Black Hat Attendee Survey was published in advance of the 2016 Black Hat Conference. Not surprisingly, the respondents to the survey conveyed an increased concern regarding security breaches versus 2015. An alarming...more

European Commission Publishes Communication on Cybersecurity

On 5 July, the European Commission (“EC”) published a communication outlining measures to improve resilience to cyber incidents, improve cooperation and information sharing, and promote innovation and competition in the...more

OCR Issues New Guidance on Ransomware and HIPAA

In response to a rising number of ransomware attacks on healthcare systems, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued new ransomware guidance on the HIPAA obligations of...more

Practical Cybersecurity Guidance from TheCityUK and Marsh

TheCityUK and Marsh have jointly published a report urging UK financial and related professional services sectors to step up their efforts to address cyber risk. The report (headed “Cyber and the City”) suggests that...more

Collaboration Key to Combatting Cyber Threats: Federal Government Issues Final Guidance Clarifying Liability Protection for...

On June 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued final guidance on how the private sector and government will communicate cyber threat data and defensive measures under...more

Cybersecurity Response to Recent Wholesale Payment Systems Breaches

In February 2016, hackers stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank by sending fraudulent messages through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) messaging system. Three months...more

ATM vulnerability – Banks beware!

It is said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Often the same is said for an organization’s data privacy & security defensives. Could it be that the ubiquitous ATM machine is the weak link to the banking...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.18.16

William Ackman’s multi-year effort to expose Herbalife as a Ponzi scheme (and make good on his massive short of its stock) saw something of a moral victory last week, with the FTC imposing big-time sanctions ($200 million in...more

New York Appellate Court Finds “Electronic Data” Exclusion Applies to Data Breach

The computer network of a Five Guys Burger franchise, RVST Holdings, LLC (RVST), was hacked. Customers’ credit card information was stolen and used to make numerous fraudulent charges. Trustco Bank brought an action against...more

Hackers using cyber weapons to attack IT systems

A depressing new report by security firm LightCyber opines that hackers are using cyber weapons to evade detection when deploying attacks to IT systems rather than malware. In fact, the report says that cybercriminals are...more

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