Genetics testing firm 23andme is facing intensifying scrutiny in the wake of a credential-stuffing hack that leaked genetic ancestry information of potentially millions of customers. That includes at least 16 proposed federal class action lawsuits and an inquiry by a high-ranking U.S. senator.
Federal regulators issued new guidance materials for HIPAA-regulated entities, including a document stressing the importance of sanction policies for workforce members who violate HIPAA, plus two new resources for healthcare providers and patients regarding telehealth privacy and security risks.
Attorneys general across 33 states have reached settlements for three health data breaches that affected nearly 2 million people, including a $1.4 million settlement for a clearinghouse that left patient data exposed for three years. The AGs accused the firms of violating state laws and HIPAA rules.
The FBI is warning plastic surgery practices and their patients of cybercriminals targeting their sensitive health information and medical photos for extortion schemes. The alert followed recent hacking incidents at several plastic surgery practices involving data theft.
The number of people affected by a Tennessee cardiac care clinic hack has more than doubled to 411,000 since the healthcare group first reported the incident to regulators in July. Cybercriminal group Karakurt claimed responsibility for the attack, which has so far triggered five class action suits.
A recent attack by a Russian ransomware-as-a-service group that stole the personal information of 2.5 million patients of McLaren Health Care has triggered at least three proposed federal class action lawsuits in recent days, claiming the healthcare company failed to protect patient privacy.
America's largest hospital lobbying group says Congress should pressure health regulators into retracting a warning that online trackers embedded into patient portals could violate medical privacy law. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is seeking feedback for potential improvements to HIPAA.
Revenue cycle management firm Arietis Health is notifying the patients of 55 healthcare practices across several states that their sensitive information has been potentially compromised in a hack of Progress Software's MOVEit file transfer application. What can entities learn from these breaches?
Ransomware-as-a-service gang Alphv/BlackCat claims to have stolen 6 terabytes of data on 2.5 million patients in a recent attack on Michigan-based McLaren Health Care, which operates 13 hospitals and a network of cancer centers. The incident is part of the group's rash of recent attacks.
Any healthcare organization that embeds tracking technologies in its website should carefully review whether it is inadvertently violating HIPAA or other federal regulations, said Nick Heesters, senior adviser for cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
The drumbeat for potential federal legislation to better protect sensitive health information - or at least new regulations - appears to be growing louder in Congress. One of the Senate's four lawmaker doctors is quizzing the healthcare industry on ways to safeguard health data.
Federal regulators have smacked a large California health plan with a $1.3 million fine to settle potential HIPAA violations for two relatively small breaches that affected about 2,250 individuals. But officials indicate "long-standing HIPAA deficiencies" were a "systemic" problem at the insurer.
A federal judge has given the green light for attorneys to proceed with a consolidated class action lawsuit against Meta that accuses the social media giant of intercepting sensitive health information with its Pixel tracking tools used in numerous healthcare websites and patient portals.
An Alabama pediatric dental practice is notifying nearly 130,000 patients that their sensitive information was compromised in a recent cyberattack. The entity appears to have potentially paid a ransom in exchange for a promise by hackers to destroy breached data without further releasing it.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services have publicly named 130 hospitals and telehealth companies that were recently warned that the use of online tracking tools in their websites or mobile apps potentially violates federal data privacy and security regulations.