The U.S. health care sector took a beating from hackers in 2016

A rise in ransomware incidents and targeted data breaches caused more than 27 million healthcare patient records to be compromised, according to research compiled by security firm Protenus in collaboration with notification service DataBreaches.net.

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Hacker steals data on 34,000 patients in Quest Diagnostics data breach

by Patrick O'Neill • 1 month ago

34,000 patients had sensitive medical data stolen from Quest Diagnostics who say "the risk of harm to patients is low." Impacted patients have been notified.

Seamless security: the rallying cry of Amazon Web Services

by Greg Otto • 2 months ago

Just like everything else with its thriving empire, Amazon Web Services and its partners are making serious efforts to make security as easy as possible as ever more enterprises turn to the cloud.

Windows XP is a security nightmare, yet still used by hundreds of millions

by Patrick O'Neill • 3 months ago

Windows XP is old, insecure, and yet somehow still one of the most popular operating systems in the world. Over 100 million users this year include millions of consumers in China, professionals around the world in the healthcare industry, and the U.S. military are stuck on the ancient software.

Abundance of stolen healthcare records on dark web is causing a price collapse

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

An abundance of leaked patient records stolen and posted for sale to the dark web in recent months by hackers has caused prices to drop, according to new research provided to CyberScoop and conducted by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and cybersecurity firms Flashpoint and Intel Security.

Report: 240,000 healthcare records were breached last month

by Chris Bing • 3 months ago

So much for ransomware: A new report finds that the majority of breaches are caused by insiders rather than the popular malware variant that has become nearly synonymous with the larger healthcare industry.

Report: Johnson & Johnson insulin pumps can be hacked to cause overdoses

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

Researchers have found that the device can be exploited to cause insulin overdoses in diabetic patients, though the company contends that the actual risk of such attacks remains low.