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Defining ransomware and data breach disclosure

Does a ransomware attack cause the “acquisition, access, use or disclosure” of ePHI?” No court decision has yet to address this issue, but expert commentators have taken either side of the argument.

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10 facts every small business leader must act upon

Small businesses aren't immune from attack. In fact, a recent Ponemon study revealed 55 percent of small businesses surveyed have been compromised. Small business leaders need to understand 10 key fundamentals and take immediate...

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Salted Hash Rehashed: The weekly news recap for July 22, 2016

Welcome to your weekly recap of news and other interesting items. This week's Rehashed will include Vine stars who borrow Twitter accounts, Snowden's invention, patches, and HIPAA. There will be no Rehashed next week, as Salted Hash...

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Hackers have targeted 130 restaurants at Cicis pizza chain

More than 130 restaurants at the Cicis pizza chain were the recent target of hackers, and customers' credit card data may have been stolen.

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Feds shut down tech support scammers, freeze assets

Federal authorities have shut down several alleged tech support scammers working out of Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Canada, freezing their assets and seizing control of their businesses.

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New HIPAA guidance addresses ransomware

The U.S. Department of Human Services has released new guidance for health care companies that focuses on the growing threat of ransomware, stresses the need for better education and regular backups, and confirms that a ransomware...

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The history of ransomware

See more than 20 variants of these attacks through the years.

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OurMine is now breaking into Minecraft accounts

The same hacking group that took over Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter account has now found a way to break into accounts connected to the hit game Minecraft.

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How a healthcare hacker is pressuring victims to pay up

TheDarkOverlord claims to have stolen 10 million patient records and is selling them on the black market. But in the meantime, the hacker has also been trying to extort his victims with the promise that the data will never be sold, if...

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Salted Hash Rehashed: The weekly news recap for July 15, 2016

Welcome to your weekly recap of news and other interesting items. This week's Rehashed includes a video, some great examples of counterfeiting, the Olympics, problems at the FDIC, and more.

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Companies failing to plan for many cyber dangers

Only 22 percent of companies have a comprehensive plan in place to deal with major cybersecurity incidents, according to a new survey from KPMG and British Telecom. Meanwhile, 97 percent said they have been the victims of a digital...

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This Android Trojan blocks the victim from alerting banks

A new Trojan that can steal your payment data will also try to stymie you from alerting your bank.

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A surge of Pokemon Go-related apps is out to steal your data

Since the Pokemon Go game launched last week, a throng of unofficial apps have tried to piggyback on the title’s success. And many of them are hungry for users’ private information.

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Three popular Drupal modules get patches for site takeover flaws

The security team of the popular Drupal content management system worked with the maintainers of three third-party modules to fix critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to take over websites.

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Chinese hackers blamed for multiple breaches at US banking agency

Chinese government hackers were the likely attackers in three breaches in recent years at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. agency that insures bank accounts, according to a congressional audit.

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Omni Hotels' new CIO shores up cybersecurity amid data breach

Following the infiltration of the hotel chain’s network with payment card-stealing malware, Omni is looking to use analytics software to detect and quarantine attacks.

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Fake Olympic tickets and Zika news apps scam users

These days not a headline goes by without some cybercriminal jumping all over it. Now, with the Olympics coming up and travelers wary of the Zika virus, scammers are creating fake websites and apps to steal money or to infect users...

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Stealthy cyberespionage malware targets energy companies

Security researchers have discovered a new malware threat that goes to great lengths to remain undetected while targeting energy companies.

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