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Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #2

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89% Increase in Ransomware in 2017 - Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the...more

Customs and Border Patrol Issue New Rules for Searching Devices at Borders

We previously reported that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have been stopping U.S. citizens at the borders of the United States and demanding passwords for access to mobile devices. According to CBP, 19,051 mobile...more

Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies Will be a Priority for FINRA in 2018

In a ten page letter that previews the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) priorities for 2018, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and transactions involving cryptocurrencies....more

Health Care Organizations Saw an 89 percent Increase in Ransomware in 2017

Our experience last year is consistent with the conclusion of a new report issued by Cryptonite in its 2017 Health Care Cyber Research Report—that the number of hacking events targeted at health care entities involving...more

Privacy Tip #121 – Patch Patch Patch

We all learned the hard way how important patching vulnerabilities are when a major data breach occurred during 2017 that exposed the personal information of 80 percent of U.S. adults that was reportedly avoidable with a...more

Ancestry.com Server Exposes 300,000 Email Addresses and Passwords

Ancestry.com has confirmed that RootsWeb, its free website for individuals to search genealogy, recently had a security vulnerability on its server that exposed a file containing the usernames, email addresses and passwords...more

Now is the Busy Season for Cyber Criminals Posing as Executives to Obtain W-2s

It’s the start of tax season, and many employers are sending W-2 forms to employees so they can get ready to file their tax returns. As was true over the past few years, this is not only the busy season for tax preparers,...more

Privacy Tip #120 – Follow FBI Warning About Connected Toys

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning to parents in the past about the concerns with connected toys. Many parents recently bought the newest gadgets for their kids over the holidays, without realizing the...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018

Now is the Busy Season for Cyber Criminals Posing as Executives to Obtain W-2s - It’s the start of tax season, and many employers are sending W-2 forms to employees so they can get ready to file their tax returns. As was...more

Federal Trade Commission Approves Settlement with Lenovo Over Ad Software

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its proposed settlement with Lenovo, Inc. over the installation of pre-installed advertising software called VisualDiscovery onto Lenovo laptops. According to the FTC, the...more

Privacy Tip #119 – Getting the Newest Smartphone as a Gift? Take Care When Downloading Apps

‘Tis the season for gift giving. Smartphones and mobile devices are a hot item during the holidays. The first thing many people do when they get a new phone or device is to start downloading apps. Since there will be a lot of...more

Privacy Tip #118 - How to Avoid “Credential Stuffing”

‘Tis the season of stuffing stockings. ‘Tis also the season of “credential stuffing.” What is credential stuffing you ask? According to Wikipedia, “credential stuffing is a type of cyber-attack where stolen account...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

Beware of New Ransomware—Spider Virus

There is no relief in sight for combating new strains of ransomware. One new ransomware, dubbed the Spider virus, was discovered by researchers at Netskope on December 10, 2017, and continues to attack victims to date....more

President Trump Reinstates the FAA Drone Registration Requirement

By signing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, President Donald Trump reinstated the requirement for recreational drone operators to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The requirement was...more

HomeKit Vulnerability: One More Reason to Accept New iOS 11.2

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

$64 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from NiceHash

Many are lamenting not purchasing bitcoin now that its value has skyrocketed. Yesterday, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin warned investors to stay away from investing in bitcoin, as he considers it a financial...more

PayPal’s Canadian Payments Processing Company Suffers Breach

PayPal has acknowledged that TIO, the Canadian payments processing company that it acquired in July 2017 has suffered a data breach that compromised the information of up to 1.6 million users. TIO processes utility and other...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #2

$64 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from NiceHash - Many are lamenting not purchasing bitcoin now that its value has skyrocketed. Recently, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin warned investors to stay away from...more

OCR Warns Health Care Industry of Risks with Previous Employees

In its November newsletter, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made a great point that we are seeing in the industry—the risks associated with previous employees. According to its newsletter, entitled “Insider Threats and...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers...more

Privacy Tip #117 – How to Check to See if Your Personal Information is Being Sold On the Dark Web

People always ask me what hackers do when they are able to obtain our personal information, including our Social Security numbers. There are many things hackers use our information for, some of which include filing false tax...more

CFPB Stops Collecting Personal Information in Light of Cybersecurity Concerns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers due to...more

North Carolina DHS Notifies 6,000 of Data Breach of Drug Testing Information

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has notified close to 6,000 individuals that a spreadsheet containing the names, Social Security numbers and test results for routine drug testing for employment,...more

Cottage Health Pays $2M to CA AG for Data Breach

Cottage Health, a three hospital health care system located in California has agreed to pay the California Attorney General’s Office $2 million to settle allegations that it failed to implement data security safeguards to...more

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