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FBI Warns of Increase in Destructive Distributed Denial of Service Attacks and Risk of Malware in Chinese Tax Software

The FBI’s Cyber Division has issued two recent cybersecurity alerts, the first following an increase in destructive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) on U.S. companies and the second concerns the risk of malware infections when installing Chinese tax software. Increase in Destructive DDoS Attacks on US Networks Cybercriminals have been exploiting new built-in network protocols… Read More »

June 2020 Healthcare Data Breach Report

The sharp drop in healthcare data breaches seen in May proved to be short lived, with June seeing a major increase in data breaches. In June, 52 breaches were reported by HIPAA covered entities and business associates. That represents an 85.71% month-over-month increase in reported breaches. The number of individuals impacted by healthcare data breaches… Read More »

Small North Carolina Healthcare Provider Fined $25,000 for HIPAA Security Rule Noncompliance

The HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced a $25,000 settlement has been reached with Metropolitan Community Health Services to resolve violations of the HIPAA Security Rule. Washington, NC-based Metropolitan Community Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides integrated medical, dental, behavioral health & pharmacy services for adults and children. Operating… Read More »

Study Reveals COVID-19 Research Companies are Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

The biomedical community is working hard to develop vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and discover new treatments for COVID-19 and nation-state hackers and cybercriminal organizations are targeting those organizations to gain access to their research data. Recently, security agencies in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom issued alerts about state-sponsored Russian hackers targeting organizations involved… Read More »

Two Chinese Nationals Indicted for 10-Year Hacking Campaign on U.S. Organizations and Government Agencies

Two Chinese nationals have been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for targeting and hacking US companies, government agencies, and others to steal sensitive information, including COVID-19 research data. The hackers are alleged to have been working under the direction of the Chinese government and also hacking organizations for personal financial gain. LI… Read More »

Quantum Imaging and Therapeutic Associates Investigating Possible Facebook HIPAA Breach

The Pennsylvania physician-owned radiology practice, Quantum Imaging and Therapeutic Associates, has announced that reports have been received about a non-physician employee who allegedly shared an x-ray of a male patient’s genitalia with members of a Facebook group. The sharing of medical images on social media networks, without patient consent, is a violation of patient privacy… Read More »