US Spec Ops Health Data Breached

January 13th, 2017

Specops

Eleven gigabytes of health data from SOCOM, the US Special Operations Command, was exposed and ripe for hacker pickings.  The vulnerability had to do with an unprotected remote syncing service, stemming from an improperly configured backup by Potomac Healthcare, a military subcontractor. The security breach was discovered by Chris Vickery, a white hat hacker who […]

Protection Money for New Ransomware

January 12th, 2017

Robber

How many times have you seen a TV show or movie where a couple of tough guys in leather jackets, maybe carrying baseball bats, walk into a diner or mom and pop shop and demand money?  When the owner refuses, they start smashing stuff, and when they’re done they demand protection money to make sure […]

Russian Hackers Shut Down City’s Power

January 11th, 2017

Electric Attack

Less than a month ago, a major city lost power for a little more than an hour just after midnight, affecting over 200,000 people.  A cybersecurity firm claims it was very similar to an incident from a year before, and that Russia is very likely behind it. The attack occurred on December 17 of last year […]

FBI Censors Released Documents

January 10th, 2017

Redacted

You may recall the tiff between Apple and the FBI following the shooting that took place on December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, California that left 14 people dead and 22 wounded.  The FBI wanted Apple’s help in unlocking the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters, to see what information they could glean […]

Did Russia Invade Vermont?

January 10th, 2017

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One way investigators have of identifying the source of computer hacks is by looking at the code.  Last week, malware code connected to cyberattacks the US says were perpetrated by Russia was found in a laptop at an electric company in Vermont. The code was discovered after the Burlington Electric Department received an alert sent out by the […]

Medicare Payments and Penalties in 2017

December 30th, 2016

Concerneddoctor

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

December 30th, 2016

Chpw

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

December 29th, 2016

petronella

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?

December 29th, 2016

Heartbeat

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

December 29th, 2016

Blame

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

December 29th, 2016

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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

December 29th, 2016

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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

December 28th, 2016

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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

December 28th, 2016

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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?

December 28th, 2016

Happydoctor

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

December 27th, 2016

Educationbutton

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

December 27th, 2016

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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

December 26th, 2016

Medicaltarget

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

December 26th, 2016

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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?

December 22nd, 2016

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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 […]