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WannaCry Ransomware Alert

This is not a drill. Companies and law enforcement agencies around the world have been left scrambling after the world’s most prolific ransomware attack hit over 500,000 computers in 150 countries over a span of only 4...more

Press Release Mistake Leads to $2.4 Million HIPAA Penalty for Health System

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced an agreement whereby Memorial Hermann Health System (“MHHS”) will pay a $2.4 million penalty for releasing a patient’s...more

Potential HIPAA Pitfalls for Developers of Healthcare Apps

by Perkins Coie on

As federal and state governments struggle to address future healthcare regulation, demand for healthcare that is cheaper, better and faster continues to surge. Every day, new healthcare apps are being developed to respond...more

Are Healthcare Systems Being Held Hostage by Ransomware?

by Revision Legal on

Healthcare ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity concerns in existence and it may have particularly serious implications for healthcare systems. Ransomware is a form of malicious software code that is somehow...more

WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack

A global ransomware attack began early last Friday and has affected businesses and government entities in 150 countries, including Britain’s national health system, FedEx, Spain’s Telefónica, and the Russian Interior...more

Helping To Protect Your Company From A Cyber-Attack: Eight Tips For Human Resources Professionals And In-House Employment Counsel

by Littler on

Recent, highly publicized data security incidents highlight the continued vulnerability of corporate information systems. Notably, employees who fall prey to sophisticated phishing e-mails and other scams often contribute to...more

Take-Aways from WannaCry

We have read multiple reports on WannaCry and if you are reading this and don’t know what WannaCry is, Google it for the background story. The clear message is this is not the last major attack we will see, and future attacks...more

New Mexico becomes 48th state to enact a data breach law, plus US state-level updates

by DLA Piper on

An active spring state legislative session has already produced a few new state data breach laws. Notably, when New Mexico HB 15 was signed into law on April 6, the state became the 48th in the nation to have a data breach...more

Privacy Tip #88 – The Challenge of Keeping Up with Patches

Over the past week, many clients and individuals have asked me why some companies and health care facilities were devastated by the WannaCry ransomware, and why others made it through the weekend without a blink of an eye....more

Settlement in Home Depot Class Action Provides Data Security Corporate Governance Framework for Companies

by Nossaman LLP on

The latest settlement in Home Depot’s data breach litigation provides a data security framework for corporate governance that may be used by other companies as a template. Based on claims arising from a massive data breach...more

Is Your Organization Ready for a Systemwide Ransomware Attack?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ransomware attacks just went big time. In a period of mere hours late last week, a global ransomware attack infected more than 200,000 computers and affected more than 100,000 organizations in over 150 countries. To put this...more

WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Cybersecurity Diligence

Last week’s massive ransomware attack should serve as a wake-up call that companies across all industries and regions must take the threat of global cyber attacks seriously. Although investigators are still uncovering...more

Substantial Risk of Harm in Data Breach Class Actions Ripe for Supreme Court Review

by BakerHostetler on

Early in May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, Inc., No. 16-260 (L) (2d Cir. May 2, 2017), affirmed the dismissal of a data breach class action brought against Michaels Stores...more

Personal Data Held by Government Agencies Now Heavily Protected in Mexico

by Jones Day on

On January 27, 2017, Mexico's General Law on the Protection of Personal Data Held by Regulated Subjects ("Law") became effective. The Law establishes procedures to protect personal data held by government agencies and other...more

Standing hurdles continue to bedevil data breach plaintiffs

Plaintiffs presenting a claim in federal court must have standing to sue, under Article III of the Constitution (as we have written about in the past). The Second Circuit recently entered an order reminding plaintiffs,...more

WannaCry Ransomware Update 16 May 2017

This is an update to our 15 May 2017 e-mail regarding WannaCry ransomware, also known as WannaCry, Wry, WanaCrypt0r, Wannacrypt, Wanna Decryptor, etc....more

Combatting the Massive Wave of WannaCry Ransomware

by Hogan Lovells on

Major companies, health care organizations and government agencies are facing a wave of cyberattacks involving ransomware that takes control of computers and denies access until a ransom is paid. These attacks are occurring...more

WannaCry Ransomware – What You Need to Know

by Burr & Forman on

Starting on Friday, May 12th , computers in countries around the world have fallen victim to the latest ransomware attack. As of Monday morning, it is estimated that more than 150 countries have infected systems, totaling...more

WannaCry Ransomware Attack: What Happened and How to Address

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Recently, a widespread global ransomware attack has struck hospitals, communication, and other types of companies and government offices around the world, seizing control of affected computers until the victims pay a ransom. ...more

Privacy Tip #87 – “Share with Care”

This week (May 8-12, 2017) is Privacy Awareness Week—an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum (APPA) that concentrates on sharing information about privacy practices and rules....more

New Mexico Enacts New Data Breach Notification Laws

by Revision Legal on

New Mexico recently became the 48th state in the US to adopt data breach notification laws. The new laws take effect June 16, 2017 and will apply in all situations in which a data breach occurs, i.e., an unauthorized attempt...more

WannaCry Ransomware Update

On Saturday May 13, 2017 the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Cyber Division, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security issued an FBI FLASH report pertaining to indicators associated with the latest...more

Wireless HealthHealthcare Services Provider’s $2.5m Settlement Demonstrates Why Understanding HIPAA Requirements Is a Must

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced a $2.5 million Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement with CardioNet, which is a company that...more

State Data Breach Notification Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While most state data breach notification statutes contain similar components, there are important differences, meaning a one-size-fits-all approach to notification will not suffice. What’s more, as data breaches continue to...more

New Mexico Enacts Data Breach Notification Law

by King & Spalding on

On April 6, 2017, New Mexico became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law; the Data Breach Notification Act (the “Act”) will go into effect on June 16, 2017. The good news for many in the health care...more

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