Cyber Attacks Data Breach

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Alert: 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report

On April 26, 2016, Verizon published its ninth annual Data Breach Investigations Report ("DBIR"), which looks at breach trends, common vulnerabilities, and categories of security incidents that affected organizations in 82...more

FireEye report shows PoS attacks have compromised more than 20 million cards

FireEye recently issued a report that indicates that bank card data of over 20 million individuals has been compromised since 2014. According to the report, point of sale attacks that have affected the retail and hospitality...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Newsletter: April 2016

What seems like a long time ago now, in 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) warned that “there is no question that law firms are among the companies being targeted by cyber criminals.” Despite this, many law firms believed (or...more

Department of Health and Human Services Cracks Down on Vendor Oversight in Recent Hospital Settlements

From the rise in ransomware attacks to inadvertent disclosure of information by subcontractors, the health services industry is reminded that a potential consequence of a data breach is the threat of a regulatory enforcement...more

Tennessee Gives Businesses 45 Days for Data Breach Notice

Recent amendments to the State’s data breach statute give a hard deadline for a business to provide consumer notice, removes encryption safe harbor, exempts entities that are subject to the Health Insurance Portability and...more

Ashley Madison attorney-client communications leaked in data breach

We all remember the Ashley Madison data breach. The hackers, calling themselves “The Impact Team” requested that the Ashley Madison extramarital affair site, and Cougar Life and Established Men sites be “taken down.” When...more

Sony settles employees’ class action suit for up to $8M

The Sony data breach in 2014 was one of the most significant breaches experienced and was a first on many fronts. It was alleged to have been caused by North Korean hackers (calling themselves Guardians of Peace) seeking to...more

Is Data Really a “Toxic” Asset?

In his “Data Is a Toxic Asset” blog post, Bruce Schneier argues that data is a toxic asset and that the lesson all the recent data breaches are teaching us is that storing this asset is “dangerous,” because it makes companies...more

Hacker steals Norfolk Admirals customer data

A Norfolk Admirals fan notified the Admirals last week that his information was posted online. Another customer found out that her information was posted online from the service Have I been Pwned? Her son’s name and address...more

Trustwave Case Highlights Cyber-Risk to Professional Service Providers

In a case that we believe reflects a real future trend in the cyber-risk industry, Las Vegas casino operator Affinity Gaming (“Affinity”) is suing Chicago-based IT security firm Trustwave Holdings, Inc. (“Trustwave”) for...more

BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report: Being “Compromise Ready” Better Positions Companies to Respond to Incidents...

On March 30, 2016, we released our second annual Data Security Incident Response Report. The report analyzes data from more than 300 incidents on which the firm advised in 2015. The report looks at causes of incidents,...more

Tennessee Revamps Its State Data Breach Notification Statute

Effective July 1, 2016, Tennessee amended its data breach notification statute to require notification of a data breach to affected individuals regardless of whether the personal information involved in the security incident...more

Tennessee Amends Breach Notice Statute: Sets Notice Deadline, Eliminates Encryption Safe Harbor

Tennessee recently amended its data breach notification law, and in doing so, it has joined the ranks of states like Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin that require notification to residents of a data breach within a defined time...more

Class action suit filed against 21st Century Oncology for data breach

We previously reported that 21st Century Oncology had suffered a data breach and notified 2.2 million patients that it had been the victim of a hacking that exposed the names, Social Security numbers, physicians’ names,...more

BigLaw firms hit with cyber intrusions

Just a week after we reported that the FBI warned international law firms that they are targets for cyber hackings, multiple (reportedly up to 50) BigLaw firms have confirmed that they have been victims of hackings and...more

No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and...more

Information Security and Privacy Group News: Cybersecurity Conference Essential Take-Aways Government, Industry and Legal...

Representatives of Connecticut businesses and corporations, educational institutions, and state and local government attended Murtha Cullina’s March 2016 Cybersecurity Conference at the Quinnipiac University School of Law....more

Cyber Insurance: Make Sure You Understand Your Coverage

Today, businesses are increasingly purchasing cyber-specific insurance in an effort to mitigate the financial impact of a breach or other cybercrime. In terms of what might be covered in a cyber insurance policy, there are...more

Third healthcare entity becomes the victim of ransomware

The list of healthcare entities that have become (and will become) victims of ransomware is rapidly growing. The predictions from experts are that the list will grow exponentially into the future. Last week, Methodist...more

Latest "Ransomware" Attack Affects Hospital Data – How Secure Are Your Patient Data?

Several high-profile attacks on health insurance companies and health systems have taught us that health care entities are vulnerable to hackers, who hope to make substantial profit on pilfered health information. The recent...more

Ramping up Employee Cyber Security Training in 2016

In 2015, the hotel industry suffered unprecedented cyber-attacks. In November alone, Hyatt, Starwood and Hilton all fell prey to savvy cyber-thievery. Hyatt confirmed that hackers used malware to collect cardholder names,...more

Data security firm Staminus victim of hacking

Hackers apparently amused themselves by hacking into data security firm Staminus’ database and dumped the information, including customer information and credit card numbers online. Staminus is quick to note that it does not...more

21st Century Oncology notifies 2.2 million of data breach

In the continuing saga of health care entities being targeted by hackers, 21st Century Oncology (21st Century) located in Fort Meyers, Florida, late last week began notifying up to 2.2 million current and former patients...more

Cyber Crime in Higher Education

With each passing year, higher education becomes a more vulnerable target of cybercrime. Symantec’s 2015 Internet Security Threat Report indicates that education is the third most frequently breached of the public or private...more

Oh No, Not Again…Chalk Up Yet Another Health Data Breach

21st Century Oncology Holdings, a company that operates a chain of 181 cancer treatment centers in the US and Latin America, announced on Friday March 4 that it was latest victim of a cyber-attack affecting 2.2 million...more

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