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.
An overlooked security setting on Twitter may have allowed a hacker to guess the password-reset email addresses tied to accounts used by President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence plus a top adviser. What's the risk?
The number of reported U.S. data breaches hit an all-time high in 2016, according to Identity Theft Resource Center. But for half of all breaches, the number of exposed records isn't known. And what about all of the breaches that just haven't come to light?
Dutch police reveal they arrested an e-commerce website developer on charges of installing backdoors that allowed him to siphon 20,000 email addresses and passwords, which he then allegedly used to commit fraud using some old-school tactics.
Yet another power blackout in Ukraine was the result of attackers striking via spear-phishing emails and malware, researchers have confirmed. Ukraine's president blamed the campaign on Russia and said it disrupted a number of critical infrastructure targets.
Seven state insurance commissioners conclude in a new in-depth report that the massive cyberattack on Anthem Inc. was carried out by a hacker on behalf of a nation-state. But they stop short of naming the nation involved or penalizing Anthem for the breach that affected 80 million.
Hackers will hack, but any attempt to attribute attacks back to an individual, group or state apparatus too often involves political agendas, cybersecurity marketing moves, attempts to deflect blame or outright errors of interpretation.
Because cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, bolstering employee and customer awareness and training about ransomware, phishing and other cyber risks must be a top priority in 2017, says Curt Kwak, CIO of Proliance Surgeons.
Unprecedented hack attacks knocked three Ukrainian power providers offline in late 2015, and now a potential repeat hack has surfaced. Security experts recommend all power operators globally hunt carefully for related signs of attack.
Three Romanian men accused of running a cybercrime ring that used custom-built "Bayrob" malware and money mules to steal at least $4 million from victims have been extradited to face charges in the United States.
A group that hacked the Democratic National Committee - believed to be operating from Russia - has resumed its spear-phishing attacks, including fake emails bearing the names of Harvard University and the Clinton Foundation.
Microsoft says a zero-day flaw in Windows that was publicly revealed by Google - before a patch was ready - was being exploited by the Russian hacking group known as ATP28 and "Fancy Bear" via spear-phishing attacks.
A new kind of malware for Mac OS X has been linked to Fancy Bear, the Russian group suspected of hacking the DNC and the World Anti-Doping Agency. But the malware only poses a low risk to users, experts say.