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Security

The Cybersecurity 202: Why cybersecurity experts are so concerned about the health-care industry

June 5, 2018

From The Washington Post: In its quarterly threat report unveiled Tuesday, cybersecurity company Rapid7 found that the health-care sector experienced a surge in cyberattacks during the first quarter of 2018 — so many that it ranked as the top-targeted industry in the first three months of the year. Source: The Cybersecurity 202: Why cybersecurity experts are so concerned about […]

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Four Steps to Data Security

May 21, 2018

There are four steps every dentist needs to take immediately to protect patient confidentiality. At the most basic level, set up and enforce the use of passwords. Ideally you should have secret, individual, eight character passwords for each team member to log onto their computer. You should then have completely different passwords for each person […]

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Can Blockchain Fix the Opioid Epidemic?

May 15, 2018

From Bloomberg: Digital currencies have been accused of worsening the opioid crisis because they make it easier to buy and sell drugs anonymously. Now Intel Corp. and the pharmaceutical industry are planning to fight fire with fire. The chipmaker, working with health companies, aims to use so-called blockchain technology — similar to the one that underpins […]

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Dental Security Researcher, Justin Shafer, At The Center Of Emoji-Gate Heading Home After 8 Months in Jail, Feds Drop Five Felony Charges

May 8, 2018

From Techdirt: The security researcher who was at the center of an audacious and disturbing government demand to unmask several Twitter accounts on the basis of an apparently menacing smiley emoji contained in one of them is now facing zero prison time for his supposed harassment of an FBI agent. Justin Shafer, who was originally facing […]

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Facebook reveals long-secret rules it has used to police its site

May 3, 2018

Facebook on Tuesday released a rule book for the types of posts it allows on its social network, giving far more detail than ever before on what is permitted on subjects ranging from drug use and sex work to bullying, hate speech and inciting violence. Source: Facebook reveals long-secret rules it has used to police […]

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Computer Use Policy

May 1, 2018

PPP (Professional Protector Plan) the dental liability insurance plan offers a sample computer use policy for their liability policy holders. You can see it here: Computer Use Policy Here is a short sample: Misuse of Clinic computers, networks, and Internet access may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Examples of Misuse […]

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Hackers steal casino’s customer data via connected fish tank

April 30, 2018

…hackers were able to pinch the casino’s high-roller database after gaining access to its network via the smart thermostat in a fish tank in the lobby. Source: Hackers steal casino’s customer data via connected fish tank | Internet of Business Casinos refer to the high-roller big spenders as “whales”. It seems the hackers got the […]

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Former Receptionist Who Stole Identities of More Than 650 Dental Patients Sentenced to 2-to-6 Years in Prison

April 26, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of ANNIE VUONG, 31, to 2-to-6 years in state prison for stealing personal identifying information from more than 650 patients at the dentist’s office where she worked. Three previously convicted co-defendants then used that information to fraudulently purchase more than $700,000 in Apple products. […]

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Credit Card Signatures Are About to Become Extinct in the U.S.

April 23, 2018

From NYT: Credit card networks are finally ready to concede what has been obvious to shoppers and merchants for years: Signatures are not a useful way to prove someone’s identity. Later this month, four of the largest networks — American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa — will stop requiring them to complete card transactions. Source: […]

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Apple’s Siri: The only search engine you’ll need?

April 19, 2018

From Computerworld: The writing’s been on the wall for a very long time. Consumers are sick of being exposed to endless marketing. They don’t like their data being mined to provide advertisers and crafty political operators with tools they use to try to manipulate them. They’ve read the stories about Cambridge Analytica, and they are […]

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Mozilla releases anti-Facebook extension for Firefox to stop tracking

April 12, 2018

From Mashable: A new browser extension called the “Facebook Container” lets Firefox users isolate their activity on Facebook to Facebook.com, making it more difficult to track users’ actions elsewhere on the web. The hope is that someone searching for and booking a trip wouldn’t then cause related ads to appear on your Facebook feed, for […]

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N.J. medical firm to pay $418K after patient records were exposed online

April 9, 2018

From NJ.com: Virtua Medical Group, a South Jersey firm with dozens of medical and surgical practices, has agreed to pay $417,816 to settle a complaint that it exposed medical records of more than 1,650 patients on the internet Source: N.J. medical firm to pay $418K after patient records were exposed online | NJ.com Another HIPAA fine. […]

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High Tech Reporting Needs its Muckrakers

April 2, 2018

From NRO: Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook are the world’s five largest companies in terms of stock value. Together they have market capitalization of about 3 trillion dollars, about the net worth of the entire country of Switzerland. …Yet today’s Silicon Valley and related high-tech companies are largely exempt from such traditional regulations. […]

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Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you

March 26, 2018

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process Source: Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you Good to know. The article gets a bit geeky however once again it is creepy and frightening to see how […]

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Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google?

March 20, 2018

From Quora: You share your most intimate secrets with your search engine without even thinking: medical, financial and personal issues, along with all the day to day things that make you, well, you. All of that personal information should be private, but on Google it’s not. Source: Why should I use DuckDuckGo instead of Google? – […]

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Health Care Stakeholders’ Interconnectivity Opens the Door to Cyberthreats

March 20, 2018

From WSJ: For some health systems and physicians, the quality of patient care is the top priority, while cybersecurity is near the bottom of that list. However, the cybersecurity of devices and systems that support health care delivery is closely tied to patient safety. For example, cardiac rhythmic devices might transfer protected health information (PHI) […]

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HIPAA Enforcement Highlights

March 15, 2018

From HHS.gov Since the compliance date of the Privacy Rule in April 2003, OCR has received over 173,426 HIPAA complaints and has initiated over 871 compliance reviews. We have resolved ninety-seven percent of these cases (168,780). …To date, OCR has settled or imposed a civil money penalty in 53 cases resulting in a total dollar […]

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Trump Administration Wants to Take On Medical-Records Puzzle

March 13, 2018

From Bloomberg via ADA News: “At a time when health-care data is being generated from so many sources, too often that data runs into the hard walls of closed systems that hold patients, and their information, hostage,” said Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, …“Patients ought to have control of their […]

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Local dentist talks about being hacked

March 5, 2018

This is disturbing: The dental office’s email was hacked. The messages vary– some requesting hundreds of dollars and other saying ‘click on this link’. Lovecchio says the emails use aggressive language. Source: Local dentist talks about being hacked The cyber criminals were posing as employees of the dentist and demanding payment for non existent bills. […]

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A data driven revolution in health care is coming

March 1, 2018

From The Economist: Future AIs could, for instance, provide automated medical diagnosis from a description of your symptoms, spot behavioural traits that suggest you are depressed or identify if you are at special risk of cardiac disease. …The more patient data are analysed in the cloud or shared with different firms, the greater the potential […]

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