Windows 10 Is Nearing End of Support. Is Your Organization Prepared?

Microsoft announced in December that Windows 10 will reach end of support in October 2025. Those who rely on the operating system will no longer receive essential security updates, bug fixes or technical support unless they migrate to Windows 11 and they sign up for escalating maintenance fees. The Extended Security Update program for devices running Windows 10 enables enterprises to continue receiving monthly security updates by paying $61 per...

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Russian Sandworm Hacking Team Expands Reach

Russian Cyber Sabotage Unit Sandworm Adopting Advanced Techniques Mandiant newly designated the Russian military intelligence hacking team known as Sandworm as APT44. Russia’s preeminent cyber sabotage unit presents “one of the widest and high severity cyber threats globally” due to its advanced capabilities and successes in disrupting global critical infrastructure sectors, a new report warns. Sandworm is the cyberwarfare...

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HHS OCR Plans to Resurrect Random HIPAA Audits

As U.S. federal regulators fine-tune a strategy to push the healthcare sector into strengthening its cybersecurity posture, they are revisiting a HIPAA compliance audit program that’s been dormant since 2017. A new round of HIPAA audits for regulated entities is in the works. The Department of Health and Human Services recently published a notice saying that its Office for Civil Rights would be pulling the trigger soon on a study to assess...

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Banking Trojan Harvests Facial Biometrics for AI Deepfakes

GoldPickaxe Malware Can Record User’s Face, Gather Video Used in Deepfake Crimes A Chinese-speaking cybercrime group, identified as GoldFactory, is expanding the functionality and reach of its advanced banking Trojans. These Trojans are now collecting and stealing biometric data. Cybersecurity firm Group-IB recently released a report saying that GoldFactory has developed a new Trojan, dubbed GoldPickaxe, that comes in Android and iOS variants...

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HHS Details New Cyber Performance Goals for Health Sector

‘Essential’ and ‘Enhanced’ Best Practices Will Influence Upcoming Rule-Making The Department of Health and Human Services has released guidance that spells out voluntary cybersecurity performance goals for the healthcare sector. The new 13-page Cybersecurity Performance Goals document, recently released by HHS’ Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, details both essential goals “to outline...

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2023 Saw a Number of High-Profile Breaches

We hope that you had a successful 2023. Looking back, 2023 saw a number of high-profile breaches as criminals and nation-state-supported hackers both created new methods of attacking and took advantage of existing vulnerabilities. Looking to 2024, here are a few things that we think are worth keeping an eye on moving forward. Phishing NOW WITH AI Phishing continues to be a persistent and lucrative attack vector for criminals and state-...

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Okta Says Hacker Stole Every Customer Support User’s Details

Beware of Phishing and Social Engineering Attacks Targeting Passwords, Vendor Warns Okta, the identity and authentication giant, said the attacker behind its September data breach stole more information than it first discovered. That includes details for all users of its primary customer support system. They first publicly confirmed the breach on Nov. 3, warning that attackers had gained access to its customer support management system and...

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Feds Levy First-Ever HIPAA Fine for Ransomware Data Breach

Massachusetts Management Firm to Pay $100,000, Monitor HIPAA Compliance for 3 Years A Massachusetts-based medical management firm holds the dubious honor of being the first ransomware victim fined for a data breach by the Department of Health and Human Services. Doctor Management Group agreed to a $100,000 financial settlement and three years of HIPAA compliance monitoring and corrective actions following an investigation into a 2019 ransomware...

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Phishing Accounts for More than Half of Cybercrime

Cybercrime is an ever-evolving field. Technology evolves to allow new tactics or new scales for criminals, as well as giving firms new tools to combat fraud and theft. Due to the fact that it’s ever-evolving, sometimes it can be difficult to see vast changes that occur over time. Over the last 5 years, there have been significant changes to the landscape of cybercrime. Not just in the increases in scale but also significant changes in the types...

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MOVEit Health Data Breach Tally Keeps Growing

More Hacks Compromising Protected Health Info Being Reported to Regulators Healthcare organizations are adding millions to the tally of individuals affected by the Memorial Day weekend hack of the MOVEit file transfer application by Russian-speaking hackers. In recent days, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has posted several more reports submitted by entities involving MOVEit breaches. An estimated...

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Will FedNow Truly Rewire the US Payments Landscape?

Fraud, Security, Implementation Hurdles With Fast Payment Program The new FedNow service has been hyped as a way to revolutionize the U.S. approach to payments, thanks to the Federal Reserve’s perception as a stable payments network provider and its access to a built-in customer base of thousands of national, regional and community financial institutions. The large volume of banks with access to an instant payments network may lead to a...

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GPT Goes Evil: How Criminals Are Leveraging LLM’s

How GPT’s Evil Twin Could Be Used in BEC Attacks A black hat AI tool called Worm GPT is being used to improve the efficacy of phishing emails. This is particularly troubling because a recent survey shows that 1 in 5 people fall for the fake, AI-generated emails, according to cybersecurity researchers. Researchers at SlashNext recently assessed WormGPT, an evil twin of OpenAI’s GPT AI model designed specifically for malicious...

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Iowa Reports 3rd Large Vendor Breach This Year

Latest Breach Affects 234,000 Individuals; Involves Recent MCNA Insurance Co. Hack The state government of Iowa reported to federal regulators a third major health data breach since April involving a third-party vendor. The breach stems from an incident at dental health insurer MCNA Insurance Co. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services reported hackers had compromised the protected health information of nearly 234,000 Iowa residents in...

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Check Fraud Increases As Criminals Evolve

Check fraud increased 84% between 2021 and 2022, to 680,000 reported cases, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Part of this growth stems from the fact that check fraud has become easier and more accessible. Cybercrime groups are openly hawking fraudulent check schemes on the Telegram messaging app. Check fraud started rising during the COVID-19 pandemic partially due to stimulus programs. Criminals made easy money by stealing...

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Duo Security/Cisco Security Study Highlights 5 Most-Impactful Security Activities

A third-party security study commissioned by Duo Security/Cisco highlights the five most-impactful security activities for an organization. This study builds on one that was previously commissioned in 2020. Broadly speaking, the study focuses on two key security areas: prevention and response. For prevention, the two most impactful areas were having a current tech stack, and having that tech stack integrated with your security systems. They...

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Lawsuit Alleges Iowa Health Center Sent PHI to Facebook

Latest in a String of Similar Proposed Class Actions Across Healthcare Industry The University of Iowa Health Care is facing a proposed class action lawsuit alleging it used website tracking pixels to transmit patient data to Facebook. The claim is the latest in a string of legal actions against other healthcare centers that pasted Facebook Pixel and similar online behavior tracking codes into their patient portals. Concerns, and lawsuits, over...

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Success of EMV Chip leads to changing fraud landscape.

The enhanced security provided by EMV chips has significantly impacted card fraud at retail locations. The continued presence of the magnetic stripe as a backup leads to continuing fraud losses. However, as always, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and criminals continue to use a variety of ways to obtain and exploit card information. Several of these ways continue to rely on the presence of the magnetic strip in order to either obtain...

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Most Common Connected Devices That Pose Risk to Hospitals

Study: Unpatched Nurse Call Systems, Printers and IP Cameras Top the List   Globally, hospitals are expected to deploy over 7 million medical devices by 2026 — or more than 3,850 devices per hospital, according to a study conducted last year by research firm Juniper Research. Many IoT device makers and users have lagged in updating these products to patch vulnerabilities, said Scott Singer, managing director of the University of...

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China Exploits Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

Chinese Hackers and Others Increasingly Favor Unpatched Vulnerabilities According to security researchers, last year was another bonanza in zero-days for Chinese state hackers. They’re also predicting a permanent uptick in nation-state exploitation of yet-unpatched vulnerabilities. Data taken from original research by cybersecurity firm Mandiant and open-source reporting suggests zero-day exploitation fluctuates from year to year but is...

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2022 Reported US Data Breaches Near-Record Highs

After Surge in 2nd Half, 1,802 Breach Notifications Issued in 2022; Over 440 Million Individuals Affected After a slow start, likely due to geopolitical factors, 2022 was another bumper year for data breaches in the United States. U.S. organizations issued 1,802 data breach notifications in 2022, affecting more than 400 million individuals, the Identity Theft Resource Center reports. That figure is just 60 breaches shy of the 1,862 breaches in...

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