In this edition of the ISMG Security Report: an analysis of a major fine against a Texas hospital and its implications for how the Trump administration might enforce HIPAA rules. Also, an IRS-related phishing scheme targets businesses.
Offspring of the Zeus banking Trojan continue to spring to life. Functionally, however, security experts say most POS-infecting banking malware remains almost identical. So why aren't more organizations putting well-known defenses in place?
The subscription-based breach notification service LeakedSource appears to have gone dry. Security expert Troy Hunt says the privacy writing has been on the wall for the site, owing to it selling access to stolen personal data.
Four years after a messy legal battle sparked by Edward Snowden using its service, the secure email provider Lavabit is back with a new platform designed to provide better privacy protection - users can select from "trustful," "cautious" or "paranoid" modes - by encrypting both email content and metadata.
As President Trump delivered his inaugural address, the White House transitioned its website from the Obama to the Trump administration. Immediately, Trump's team posted a series of position papers, including one that addressed - albeit briefly - cybersecurity.
In this edition of the ISMG Report: An FTC complaint filed against a camera manufacturer could signal the start of a trend to regulate IoT security. Also, Donald Trump adviser Rudolph Giuliani's cybersecurity credentials are questioned, and a terrorist shooting prompts new privacy guidance.
Malware designed to get ATMs to spit out their cash - advanced when it first debuted - has been upgraded, according to a report from FireEye. Now, the Ploutus-D malware talks to legitimate ATM middleware, enabling it to target machines from 40 vendors. What does this mean for financial institutions?
Yet another study reveals that millions of people are picking weak passwords, with "123456" remaining our collective favorite. Rules requiring stronger passwords and not forcing passwords to expire both could help boost security.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who's been tapped by U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to lead a cybersecurity corporate outreach program, runs a security consulting firm with a website that's been given a failing grade for its security.
Hackers have apparently hijacked potentially thousands of vulnerable MongoDB databases and demanded ransoms for the return of critical data, with some victims paying up, according to security researchers.
The lack of a smoking gun - absolute certainty - has some security experts not entirely convinced that the Russians or their backers hacked Democratic Party computers in an attempt to sway the U.S. presidential election.
The National Governors Association, in a new road map for improving nationwide secure health data exchange, proposes that states attempt to better align their privacy laws to the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule to help remove legal barriers.
Score one for preparation: In the wake of a ransomware attack that infected 900 workstations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it's restoring affected systems, vowing to not give the attackers a single bitcoin of their ransom demand.
Vulnerable firmware has been highlighted again in a range of low-cost Android phones, raising concerns over their security. This latest incident comes 11 months after security analysts first raised flags.
If President-elect Donald Trump fulfills a campaign promise to repeal Obamacare - which could result in the dismantling of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance exchanges - great caution will be needed to protect the data of millions of consumers contained in those systems.