#Privacy: US data center provider struck by ransomware attack

One of the biggest data center providers in the US, CyrusOne announced on Thursday that it has suffered a ransomware attack.  In a statement, CyrusOne revealed that six of its managed service customers, located primarily in New York, have been impacted – thus experiencing  availability issues as a result of the ransomware encrypting devices in […]

#Privacy: DHS wants to expand facial recognition checks for travellers and U.S citizens

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to expand facial recognition checks on all people entering and leaving the U.S.  In a recent filing, the DHS has proposed that all travellers including U.S citizens will have to undergo facial recognition checks before they are allowed to enter or leave the country.  Previously, the DHS only […]

#Privacy: Scammers are pretending to be the FTC

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers are going back to basics to scam the elderly. On Tuesday, the FTC warned that scammers have been sending threatening letters using fake official-looking FTC branding.  Monica Vaca, Associate Director, Consumer Response and Operations for the FTC, explained how a man from Pennsylvania had received a letter. “The […]

#Privacy: Sentara Hospitals to pay $2.175M fine over HIPAA violation

An American health services provider, Sentara Hospitals, has agreed to pay a fine of $2.175 million to settle HIPAA violations. In April 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received a complaint regarding Sentara Hospitals, whereby the complainant had received a bill from Sentara which contained the protected health information (PHI) of another […]

#Privacy: Millions of SMS messages leaked due to unprotected database

An unprotected database has resulted in a massive data leak impacting tens of millions of Americans. Security researchers at vpnMentor, Noam Rotem and Ran Loar, discovered that the database belonged to TrueDialog, a business SMS provider for businesses and higher education institutions whereby bulk text messages can be sent. Researchers discovered that the unprotected database, […]

#Privacy: SAP apologies after personal data of gun owners exposed

The personal data of almost 38,000 gun owners has been leaked to dealerships, subsequently forcing the German software giant SAP to apologise. Shortly after the Christchurch shootings earlier this year, a government gun buyback scheme was introduced, which SAP is supporting. The scheme allows owners to return their firearms to dealerships and police stations having […]

#Privacy: Alaska named the most vulnerable state to cybercrime

A new risk index has been  developed whereby state-by-state statistics on four of the most common types of cybercrime was analysed.  Created by Cardconnect, the index utilised data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Complaint Center.  The four types of online crime analysed were credit card fraud, identity theft, personal data breach and […]

#Privacy: Another healthcare organisation struck by ransomware

A ransomware attack on Great Plains Health (GPHealth) has forced staff to switch to pen and paper to maintain workflow.  On Monday evening, ransomware was detected in the GPHealth computer network. Almost immediately, the information systems team uncovered the issue and worked through the night to reduce its impact on local health services.  The following […]