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.
Televisions that spy on their users have long been a trope of dystopian fiction, including George Orwell's "1984." But the spying TV appears to be far from fictional, according to a new settlement agreement reached between the FTC and smart-TV maker Vizio.
Google plans to appeal a court order to comply with search warrants asking for account information stored outside the U.S. The ruling comes as Microsoft recently prevailed in a similar case, creating legal ambiguity.
Facebook is aiming to make account recovery and password resets more secure with a new, updated approach that eliminates outdated weaknesses such as emailed reset links, SMS messages and security questions.
Offspring of the Zeus banking Trojan continue to spring to life. Functionally, however, security experts say most POS-infecting banking malware remains almost identical. So why aren't more organizations putting well-known defenses in place?
Nearly three years after the Heartbleed bug - and 600,000 vulnerable servers - was discovered, the vulnerability lives on. The latest scans still count 180,000 at-risk servers. Why won't this bug just die?
The subscription-based breach notification service LeakedSource appears to have gone dry. Security expert Troy Hunt says the privacy writing has been on the wall for the site, owing to it selling access to stolen personal data.
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?
Microsoft does not have to turn over emails stored outside the U.S. to federal authorities investigating a crime, an appeals court has affirmed. The closely watched case, which explored the territorial boundaries of U.S. law in the cloud computing age, could end up at the Supreme Court.
Four years after a messy legal battle sparked by Edward Snowden using its service, the secure email provider Lavabit is back with a new platform designed to provide better privacy protection - users can select from "trustful," "cautious" or "paranoid" modes - by encrypting both email content and metadata.
Donald Trump's inauguration has led to a call for a mass online protest of questionable legality designed to "occupy" the White House website. Separately, Anonymous has threatened Trump with "regret" and promised to unearth compromising information.
As President Trump delivered his inaugural address, the White House transitioned its website from the Obama to the Trump administration. Immediately, Trump's team posted a series of position papers, including one that addressed - albeit briefly - cybersecurity.
Say hello to Fruitfly, the first piece of Mac malware to be discovered this year. The two-year-old malicious code is odd - it includes code that dates from the late 1990s - and appears to be designed to exploit biomedical institutions via targeted attacks.
College student Zachary Shames, who's pleaded guilty to developing and selling Limitless Logger spyware, was outed to the FBI by security firm Trend Micro after Shames failed to compartmentalize his online activities. Turns out hiding your identity online is harder than it might appear.