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Hancock Health Hit with Ransomware That Shuts Down Network

It has been predicted that the healthcare industry will continue to be lambasted with ransomware in 2018. It has also been predicted that attackers will move from taking sensitive information hostage to sabotage, service...more

A Teachable Moment: Hospital Goes Public after Making Ransom Payment

It’s unusual for victims of ransomware to publicly acknowledge that they have paid hackers to go away. But a regional hospital in Indiana has made public its experience last week with a “sophisticated criminal group” as a...more

ICYMI in Cybersecurity and Data Breach

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

“Following an increase in reported state data breaches in 2017, North Carolina’s attorney general and a state representative introduced data breach legislation to better protect individuals,” HealthIT Security reports. In...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #3

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Think Tank Says Nuclear Missiles Can be Inadvertently Launched Through Cyber-Attacks - Just before the false alarm in Hawaii last weekend when residents were erroneously warned of an impending missile attack, think tank...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - January 2018 #2

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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

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

Security Alert: New Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Impact Computer Processors to Expose Sensitive Information

Last spring the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack crippled the global economy, impacting over 100,000 organizations throughout 150 countries and generating an estimated $4 billion in losses. The National Health Information...more

Winter is Coming: The HBO Hack, Ransomware Attacks, and Cyber Extortion Coverage

by K&L Gates LLP on

Cyber extortion and ransomware attacks made headlines across the globe this summer, but the cyber attack at HBO stands out due to the size of the ransom demanded ($6 million). The HBO hack highlights the importance of one of...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party's critique of the Privacy Shield and the Sixth Circuit's decision to consider the issue of computer fraud...more

WannaComply? OCR’s Application Of HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule To Ransomware Attacks

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Organizations worldwide are facing a new cybersecurity plague: ransomware attacks such as the recent, widely publicized, and global WannaCry[2] and Petya[3] outbreaks. In the typical case, after users click on a malicious...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

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

What You Need to Know About Cyber Extortion Insurance Coverage

by K&L Gates LLP on

Cyber extortion and ransomware attacks made headlines across the globe this summer. In May, the WannaCry virus infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. In June, the NotPetya ransomware attack shut down hundreds...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Privacy and Security in Educational Institutions

Editors’ Note: This is the sixth in a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Previous installments include analyses of HIPAA compliance, emerging...more

Religious Institutions Update: November 2017 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - Serious data breaches have become routine in the United States, yet a recent survey shows that the majority of religious institutions do not have a full-time IT professional, have no system to detect a...more

Privacy Tip #116 - Insider Error or Threat Continue to Cause Data Breaches

You continue to hear that your employees are your biggest risk when it comes to causing a data breach. Recent incidents that we have been involved in that were caused by employee error include...more

Privacy Tip #115 – Cyber Monday Safe Online Shopping

It is estimated that we will spend $4 billion online this year, including on Cyber Monday, coming up in just a few days. With the increase in online shopping, particularly over the holidays, it is prime time for scheming...more

Smart-Home Devices: The Ugly

The Ugly of Technology — Ransomware Technology is fundamentally good and helpful to us; but, like so many things in our modern world, there is the good…the bad…and the ugly. In October 2016, what might have been the largest...more

Locky Ransomware Variant Difficult to Detect

We previously warned readers about the Locky ransomware, which is potent and designed to use phishing emails to lure users to click on links and attachments, including pdfs....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

We previously warned readers about the Locky ransomware, which is potent and designed to use phishing emails to lure users to click on links and attachments, including pdfs. Now, researchers at Cylance have discovered...more

The Rise of Smartphone-Fueled, Social-Media-Addicted Smartphone Zombies

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the IASA Northeastern Conference on a favorite topic of mine of late — Privacy and Data Breaches in the workplace. Of course, that sounds kinda of boring....more

Data Breach Costs an Average of $3.6 Million

There have been a myriad of research studies attempting to come up with the “cost” of a data breach. The most recent, released by AT&T, estimates that it costs organizations $3.6 million to recover from a data breach....more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Emerging Security Threats

Editors’ Note:  This is the second of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Click here for our previous entry on HIPAA Compliance.  Up next: ...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017 #2

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which established the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, dubbed MiC3. The corps has been in existence for three years but not statutorily deployed. ...more

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