Archive for December, 2016

Medicare Payments and Penalties in 2017

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The number of physicians who will see their Medicare payments reduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will fall in 2017; however, the amount of the adjustment for those who do qualify (because they do not meet the “Meaningful Use” guidelines) will be increasing from the current penalty of 2% to 3%. […]

Data Breach Impacts Nearly 400,000

Friday, December 30th, 2016

On November 7 of this year, Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), a nonprofit Medicaid-based health insurance company in Seattle, received a disturbing voicemail, the effects of which are just today being fully realized. The unidentified caller stated that the firm (a subsidiary of NTT Data) who provides technical services to CHPW had a major […]

What You Need to Know About Watering Hole Attacks

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

We may never know exactly what happened to American electorate system during 2016, who was responsible, or how it influenced the election. But there was one insight into the 2016 election hacking that will give you a true insight into what happened without any political slant. Plus, if you read more you’ll find out about […]

Would You Let a Nurse Perform Your Heart Surgery?

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Would you sign off on a room nurse performing open heart surgery on you? No, right? Then why do you buy devices that connect to the internet when they’re not built by cybersecurity experts? Before we open that can of worms, let’s explain what we’re talking about. Today, in just about every home most people […]

How Industry Security Standards Can Cut Out Human Error

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The best part of the holidays is that the entire family is in one place, making for some great bonding experiences. Families can cook together, put up decorations, or do whatever Holiday traditions they’ve created over the years. Many families will find themselves sitting down at the dinner table and playing board games like Monopoly, […]

The Government’s HIPAA Guidelines Decoded

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

When you’re looking for clarity and conciseness, there’s two places you don’t want to go: Legal guidelines and government guidelines. Just try to read a “terms of agreement” or the IRS tax code for proof. But when the Government puts out guidelines for handling private medical records, you need to know what they’re talking about. […]

Spyware in the Real World

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

When people think of hackers, they think of greasy people stuck to a computer in dark basements all over the world. They think the same thing of the programs hackers use to disrupt people’s lives. Underground. Dirty. Easy to spot as something dangerous. But that’s simply not what all hackers and hacking software look like. […]

Three Chinese Hackers Made $4M off US Law Firms

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

You don’t have to sell stolen personal data on the Dark Web, hold files for ransom or perform DDoS attacks for money in order to make serious cash from hacking.  That’s what three Chinese hackers have proven by making about $4 million from US law firms they hacked. The three men: Iat Hong, Bo Zheng and […]

One Ukrainian’s Sad Story of Cybersecurity

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

When someone says cyberwarfare, you probably think of computers and servers as the soldiers and the casualties being lost data and infected devices. But in the modern world, cyberwarfare can mean those things as well as real soldiers and guns. This month the cyber security firm that helped the DNC investigate the 2016 election hacks, […]

The Best Thing to Happen to Hospitals In 2016?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

It’s no secret that 2016 was a rough year for cybersecurity in the medical field. 21st-century Oncology leaked 2.2 million patients’ information. Premier Healthcare lost unencrypted records for 200,00 patients. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical center shelled out $17,000 after a ransomware attack. And just to name a few. But when we look back on 2016, there […]

The HIPAA of Education

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Did you see the University of Minnesota football team’s bowl game boycott? Believe it or not, it could have a major effect on you and your children’s future and privacy. Ten Minnesota players were suspended from their bowl game because of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. When the players asked for the reason […]

2016 Hacking Trends

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

With the year winding down and Christmas and the New Year coming up, it can be easy to forget about 2016 and everything that happened this year. If your holidays are looking great, read our review of 2016 hacking trends to make sure that next year you’ll feel the same way. Ransomware was a top […]

Big Jump in Healthcare Cyberattacks in 2016

Monday, December 26th, 2016

The year isn’t quite over yet, so there could be a few more attacks, but the year of 2015 saw 57 major cyberattacks against healthcare organizations.  2016 is up to 93 as of the middle of December.  That’s a year-to-year increase of 63%, and it will likely get worse. This data was compiled by TrapX […]

The Malware That Could Crash Your Car

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Driverless cars have to be one of the most exciting emerging technologies out there. There’s the obvious advantage of being able to work or read or do anything you want while your car drives you, but more importantly auto accidents will plunge once human error is taken out of the equation. There is one very […]

What Would You Do to Save Your Data?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

In the Dark Knight, there is a scene where two ferries full of people cross a river to escape from Gotham before the Joker does something terrible. Unfortunately for the people on the boat, that was exactly what the Joker was planning on. While they’re in the middle of the river both boats lose their […]

Why You Should Bring a Baseball Bat to Your Office

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

This month, all of the top healthcare security executives got together at the Privacy and Security Forum in Boston to discuss the challenges that the healthcare industry is facing. Joel Brenner, who was a former senior counsel member at the NSA, keynoted the event and made one thing very clear in his speech. The cybersecurity […]

The Most Dangerous Present Under Your Christmas Tree This Year

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

You’ve secured your network. You’ve made sure dangerous phishing emails won’t ever make it into your inbox. Your data is backed up and secure. You know that hackers are always finding new ways to sneak into private information. Even if you do all these things and are aware of the dangers you face, I have […]

Senate Reactions to Russia’s Election Interference

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Two top Senators have begun actively campaigning for a bipartisan Senate select committee to look into the role Russia played in releasing hacked emails from the DNC to influence the recent presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. Senator John McCain, a former presidential candidate and current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, took to […]

Half a Million Medical Victims

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Peachtree Orthopedics announced that its systems suffered a data breach back in October, but they didn’t release the number of affected patients.  That number has been now been discovered: 543,879.  The data breach is the sixth largest in the country this year and the largest in the state of Georgia. The Dark Overlord, probably a single […]

Lessons of the Yahoo Data Breach

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

On Wednesday, Yahoo announced that personal information from one billion user accounts, including names, addresses, passwords, phone numbers, birthdates, and security questions, was stolen. By noon Thursday, Yahoo’s stock had fallen 5% and Verizon’s $4.8 billion purchase of the company appears to be in jeopardy. Right now, it seems Verizon executives and general counsel are […]