Anti-secrecy is the fundamental idea behind the infamous WikiLeaks website. At times, their radical belief in transparency has done a lot of good, as was the case when they posted the 2010 video “Collateral Murder” in which journalists, who had done nothing wrong, were shot to death by U.S. military. However, as is almost always the case, there is a flip-side.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
To cybercriminals, tragedies can be 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.
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.