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August 5th, 2016

Advocate Health Hit with Record $5.5 Million HIPAA Penalty

Settlement Stems from OCR's Investigation Into Three 2013 Breaches Read more

$2.7 Million HIPAA Penalty for Two Smaller Breaches

In the wake of two 2013 breaches that affected a total of 7,066 individuals, Oregon Health & Science University says it will pay $2.7 million in a HIPAA settlement with federal regulators that includes a three-year corrective action plan. Read more

First Business Associate HIPAA Penalty Announced

$650,000 Fine After Investigation of Breach Affecting Just 412 Patients Read more

Bizmatics Cyberattack: Tracking the Impact of Hack of Cloud-Based EHR Vendor

The total impact of a 2015 hacker attack against cloud-based electronic health records vendor Bizmatics Inc. might not be known for months because it's still unclear how many of the company's group practice clients were affected - and how many records were compromised. Read more

Second Symantec Anti-Virus Bugfest Found

Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy has once again found significant vulnerabilities in Symantec's security products... Read more

Leaked: 154 million US voter records exposed

A database containing 154 million voter profiles on US citizens was exposed online without username or password protection, it has been revealed. Read more

GoToMyPC Initiates Mass Password Reset

Citrix-owned GoToMyPC, a remote access service, has initiated a mass password reset, a move other online service providers have taken following recent large leaks of login credentials for MySpace, LinkedIn and others Read more

32.8 Million Twitter Credentials May Have Been Leaked

More than 32.8 million Twitter credentials have been compromised and are being offered for sale on the dark web, claims LeakedSource, a subscription-based breach notification service. But some security experts question whether the credentials are current and authentic. Read more

LeakedSource: 'Assume Every Website Has Been Hacked'

Breach Notification Service Claims 'Bigger Fish' To Be Announced Read more

Laptop Breach May Affect 400,000 Prisoners

Third Largest Incident Added to Federal Health Data Breach Tally So Far in 2016.
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LinkedIn Breach: Worse Than Advertised.
Hacker Claims to Be Selling 117 Million Credentials Stolen in 2012 Breach

A data breach notification site says that nearly 170 million credentials appear to have been compromised in the 2012 breach of social networking site LinkedIn, which is a far cry from the 6.5 million that initially came to light. In fact, the quantity of credentials suggests that attackers obtained virtually every LinkedIn username and hashed password.
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HIPAA Audits

May, 2016

Organizations chosen for remote "desk audits" of their HIPAA compliance, which will begin this summer, need to be prepared to quickly provide supporting documentation, says Deven McGraw, deputy director of health information privacy at Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.

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Article by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Best of Breed Solution GlobalScape on July 30th, 2015      Read more