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Natural Gas Compressor Facility Shut Down After Ransomware Attack

USA - February 20 2020 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that a ransomware attack shut down a natural gas compressor facility for two days…

Yearly Data Breach Reporting Due to OCR by February 29

USA - February 20 2020 Every year, we remind our readers that the HIPAA data breach notification regulations require covered entities to notify the Office for Civil Rights…

Privacy Tip #227 - Sextortion Ransomware

USA - February 20 2020 Criminal minds are creative, and new ransomware strains show just how creative cyber-attackers can be. A new strain of ransomware, dubbed Ransomwared…

Judge Rejects $4 Million TCPA Settlement

USA - February 20 2020 This week, a Pennsylvania federal judge refused to approve a proposed $4 million settlement for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act…

Over 30 Data Breach Incidents in Health Care Reported to HHS Thus Far in 2020, Affecting Over 1 Million Individuals

USA - February 19 2020 Health care organizations continue to be a popular target for hackers. According to information from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services…

Ransomware Attacks Predicted to Occur Every 11 Seconds in 2021 with a Cost of $20 Billion

USA - February 13 2020 Confirming what we are seeing in the field, cybersecurity firm Cybersecurity Ventures has predicted that, globally, businesses in 2021 will fall…

Frequency and Cost of Insider Threats Continue to Increase

USA - February 13 2020 The Ponemon Institute recently issued its 2020 Cost of Insider Threats Global Report (Report), which finds that the frequency and cost of insider…

Privacy Tip #226 - Beware - Well-Known Brands Used for Phishing Schemes

USA - February 13 2020 A new study by Check Point Research shows that cyber criminals are using well-known brands to lure victims into clicking on nefarious links…

Antwork Uses Drones in China to Assist in Transport During Corona Virus Outbreak

USA - February 13 2020 Last week, a medical delivery drone flying from the People’s Hospital of Xinchang County to the disease control center there successfully completed…

Ransomware—to Pay or Not to Pay and Should We Get a Bitcoin Wallet Just in Case?

USA - February 13 2020 There’s nothing worse than paying criminals. And paying a ransom for data is just that—paying criminals for a criminal act. All you get out of the…