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OHSU Pays $2.7 Million for HIPAA Breach

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has reached a HIPAA settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over two breaches that occurred in 2013. In the agreement, which contains a three-year corrective action plan, OHSU agrees to pay $2.7 million to federal regulators. It is the OCR’s eighth such HIPAA settlement this year.

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Tags: HIPAA

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Comcast Business Customers Express Outrage Over Phone Outages

Plenty of technology has been rendered obsolete by new products and/or services. Rotary phones, VCRs, cassette tapes and AOL, just to name a few. And while many individual consumers may consider landlines obsolete, that is not the case for millions of businesses both small, large and in between.

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Tags: Telephone Systems

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New Ransomware Takes Money but Deletes Files

There’s an old adage that says there’s no honor among thieves and when it comes to a new type of ransomware, it’s never been truer. Known as RanScam, rather than encrypting a victim’s files this new strain just deletes them altogether.

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Tags: Ransomware, Scam

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How to Easily Prevent a Beastly New Virus

A new ransomware was discovered called RAA by security researchers @JAMESWT_MHT and @benkow_, and it is a beast. Not only does it demand $250 for the files to be unlocked, but it also leaves behind password stealing malware called “Pony.”

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Tags: Javascript, Ransomware

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Cybercriminals Exploiting Orlando Tragedy

To cybercriminals, tragedies can gold mines. Enter scams exploiting the Orlando tragedy. These heartless criminals are trolling potential victims with phishbait ranging from blood drives to donation requests on behalf of the victims (or their family members). There are even scam emails promoting exclusive information, including SMARTPHONE VIDEOS of the mass murder.

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Tags: Phishing

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Stolen Logins Showing Up Everywhere

It appears that an unknown group of hackers has attacked GitHub’s repository service. On June 14, someone armed with an enormous list of emails and passwords made repeated login attempts. According to GitHub’s administrators the login credentials came from data breaches from other online sources. After review it was clear that whoever was behind the attack had accessed a number of accounts.

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Tags: Hack, LinkedIn

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Sixth Largest Data Breach in History Reported

If the initial data from LeakedSource is accurate, then the sixth largest data breach in history, with 45 million records from over 1,110 websites, has just been reported. The hackers stole such personal information as IP and email addresses, usernames, and passwords.

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Tags: Hack, Password

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