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Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

May 20, 2019

From VICE: It’s yet another example of how in the modern era, you increasingly don’t actually own the things you’ve spent your hard-earned money on. …“Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.” Source: Adobe Tells Users They Can […]

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Former dentistry employee accused of spreading fake message

May 13, 2019

An ex-employee from Downie Family Dentistry is accused of hacking into the dentistry’s phones and sending messages to customers saying the dentistry was closing due to the dentist having a drug problem. The dentist’s office says neither are true. Source: Former dentistry employee accused of spreading fake message Yikes!!! The site was “hacked”. Not really, if you read further it says […]

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Data Breach Report

May 9, 2019

Interesting report on data breaches here: “Managing Enterprise Risks in a Digital World”. Two interesting findings: 25% of breaches were in healthcare, the most of any industry. The largest cause of breaches was phishing, 37%. (see previous post)

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Data breach of Phoenix dental office impacts more than 7,500 patients

May 7, 2019

From Arizona News | azfamily.com: A Phoenix dental office has an ongoing breach of protected health information, Source: Data breach of Phoenix dental office impacts more than 7,500 patients | Arizona News | azfamily.com The linked article is confused. It states the breach is “ongoing”. That seems unlikely. The mitigation may be ongoing however I […]

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Phishing

May 6, 2019

From Advanced Automation: “Phishing” refers to the practice of sending emails mimicking a company to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information. Here is an example using Amazon.com. We have seen a steady increase in fraudulent Amazon emails. The scammer creates an email that looks like it is from Amazon.com telling you that you have received […]

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Zuckerberg could be targeted in Facebook FTC investigation

April 29, 2019

From 9to5Mac: According to a report from The Washington Post, federal regulators are investigating Zuckerberg’s past statements on privacy and considering holding him responsible for Facebook’s numerous privacy lapses. According to the report, FTC veterans have encouraged investigators to “take direct aim at Zuckerberg” and put him under additional federal oversight. Source: Zuckerberg could be targeted […]

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Amazon adds HIPAA compliance to Alexa Skills, opening door for secure health apps

April 9, 2019

From  GeekWire: Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has a new trick: transmitting secure patient information between patients and caregivers. Developers can now use the Alexa Skills Kit to build HIPAA-compliant apps, opening the door for hospitals, insurers, digital health startups and others to manage patient data through voice. Source: Amazon adds HIPAA compliance to Alexa Skills, […]

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Ransomware

March 18, 2019
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HHS Collected Record $28M For HIPAA Violations Last Year.

March 4, 2019

From ADA News: Modern Healthcare reported HHS said last week that it “collected a record $28.7 million from healthcare providers and insurers in 2018 for inadequate responses to data breaches.” This figure exceeds the total of $23.5 million for 2017. Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino said, “Our record year underscores the need for covered […]

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Aetna, Anthem, IBM Announce Healthcare Blockchain Collaborative

February 28, 2019

From Health IT Analytics: Blockchain technology could reduce administrative errors and ensure the efficient exchange of health information, which would lead to improved patient outcomes and lower care costs. Although there have been multiple initiatives to digitize health information, significant advancements are still necessary, and these organizations will seek to move the industry forward.“This alliance […]

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ADA comments on agency’s request to modify HIPAA rules

February 21, 2019

From ADA News: Washington — The ADA is asking the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to incorporate flexibility and keep processes simple to help dental offices remain HIPAA compliant. Source: ADA comments on agency’s request to modify HIPAA rules Hmmm

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HHS Releases Voluntary Healthcare Cybersecurity Practices

January 22, 2019

From Healthcare Informatics Magazine : In late December, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released voluntary cybersecurity practices to the healthcare industry with the aim of providing practice guidelines to cost-effectively reduce cybersecurity risks. …The HICP publication aims to provide cybersecurity practices for this vast, diverse, and open sector to ultimately improve the security […]

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Apple has a message for Amazon and Google and it’s plastered on the side of a hotel at the biggest tech conference of the year

January 8, 2019

The message, which takes up about 13 floors of building, says : “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone” with the URL to Apple’s privacy website. Source: Apple has a huge privacy ad at CES 2019 Hmmm 🙂

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Anonymous patient data may not be as private as previously thought

January 3, 2019

From Reuters: “The study shows that machine learning can successfully re-identify the de-identified physical activity data of a large percentage of individuals, and this indicates that our current practices for de-identifying physical activity data are insufficient for privacy,” said study coauthor Anil Aswani of the University of California, Berkeley. “More broadly it suggests that other types […]

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Biggest data breaches of 2018

December 27, 2018

From Business Insider: One of the latest victims was Marriott hotels, which recently revealed that hackers had accessed the information of an estimated 500 million customers. …Some of the biggest victims in 2018 include T-Mobile, Quora, Google, and Orbitz. Facebook dealt with a slew of major breaches and incidents that affected more than 100 million users […]

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Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches

December 10, 2018

From Reuters: But the top cause of data breaches, accounting for 42 percent of cases and 472 incidents, was theft of equipment or information by unknown outsiders or by current or former employees, the study found. Source: Hackers are not main cause of health data breaches | Reuters This confirms my research. We worry about […]

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Who owns the Data??? Dentist denied access to patient Data Base

December 10, 2018

Key Dental received a notification from its EMR vendor MOGO that it would not return the dental group’s EMR database as required at the termination of its end user license agreement. It violates both the EULA and several portions of HIPAA. As Key Dental can no longer view or monitor the database to ensure the […]

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The Creepy Line – Documentary

November 29, 2018

Very interesting documentary, worth your time. Many of the things discussed in the movie are disturbing. There is strong evidence Google and Facebook are not just gathering and exploiting your personal information they are manipulating you as well. I am not sure I buy into everything, never the less there is certainly some truth to […]

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Using Airport and Hotel Wi-Fi Is Much Safer Than It Used to Be

November 26, 2018

Good News From WIRED: AS YOU TRAVEL this holiday season, bouncing from airport to airplane to hotel, you’ll likely find yourself facing a familiar quandary: Do I really trust this random public Wi-Fi network? As recently as a couple of years ago, the answer was almost certainly a resounding no. But in the year of […]

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FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking

November 6, 2018

From Health and Human Services (HHS) According to the report, the FDA had not adequately assessed the risk that cybersecurity in medical devices can pose, which is what led to these weaknesses. Source: FDA isn’t doing enough to prevent medical device hacking, HHS report says Digital diagnostics linked to smart phones, smart medical devices, and […]

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