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Phishing scam stings Oregon Dept. of Human Services, compromises emails containing resident data

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The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) was the victim of a phishing campaign earlier this year, resulting in a data breach that reportedly involves the records of up to 1.6 million state residents. According to a March 21 Oregon DHS press release, the incident took place last Jan. 8, when nine separate agency employees…

Reports: Israeli officials’ devices hacked; data possessed by Iran

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Hackers stole information from former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak’s computer and phone months ago and sold it to Iran, according to multiple news outlets, citing a TV report by Israel’s Channel 12 this past weekend. The news reportedly broke several days after a separate Channel 12 story that said Iranian intelligence directly hacked the…

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Senators propose they too should report when breached

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Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are calling for senators to report if they have been hacked at the end of each year. The duo pointed out that the Senate is considered a “prime target” for cyber breaches noting that several high profile cyberattacks have already been carried out against government agencies including…

HHS CISO discusses new threat briefings and alerts for health industry

HHS operating divisions must improve security controls: OIG report

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must improve network security controls at its eight operating divisions (OPDIVs) and fix a series of vulnerabilities discovered during an audit, according to a summary report issued earlier this month by the Office of Inspector General (OIS). The audit, conducted back in 2016 and 2017 by a…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Break up big tech to promote privacy and competition

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is calling for the break up of big tech companies including Google, Amazon, Facebook and even Apple. Citing weak antitrust enforcement leading to a dramatic reduction in competition and innovation in the tech sector, on Friday, the Massachusetts Democrat released an op-ed arguing for the break up of the tech giants…

Meeting GDPR standards doesn’t guarantee Calif. privacy law compliance, experts warn

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Soon to be the most restrictive privacy law in the U.S., the California Consumer Privacy Act is set to take effect in January 2020. And companies that sit back and assume their compliance with GDPR is enough to meet the new legislation’s high expectations are in for a rude awakening, warned a panel of privacy…

Former NSA Director: Public and private sectors must unite to prevail against advanced cyberattacks

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At a public appearance this week in San Francisco, former NSA Director Mike Rogers called for the public and private sectors to form a united front against cybersecurity threats, noting that corporate and government cultures still “do not understand each other.” The former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Rogers is now an advisory…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

U.S. criminally charges Huawei with stealing intellectual property and violating sanctions

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U.S. federal prosecutors Monday filed criminal charges against Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei alleging the company stole intellectual property from T-Mobile and violated U.S. sanction orders. The 10-count indictment charges Huawei with conspiracy to steal trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice as the result of employees trying to steal trade secrets about a robot…

Hundreds of Delaware residents among the victims of BenefitMall breach

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Delaware’s Department of Insurance announced yesterday that 650 residents and five companies located within the state were impacted by a 2018 data breach of BenefitMall, a third-party HR services administrator for health insurance companies. It was originally back on Jan. 4, 2019, that BenefitMall, aka Centerstone Insurance and Financial Services, publicly disclosed a “data security…

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EPIC, Open Markets Institute and other groups urge FTC to break up Facebook

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center announced it has joined a coalition of groups urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) in a letter to break up Facebook  as well as issue strong penalties against the social media giant. The coalition also consists of the Open Market Institute,Electronic Privacy Information Center Color of Change, Common Sense…

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