Vendor Mistakes Are Being Blamed for Latest Data Breaches

CVS Health and Volkswagen have been contacting millions of their customers to tell them that their personal information has been exposed. In two separate incidences, both companies were recently alerted that vendor errors compromised their data.

Alert: Imminent and increased threat of cybercrime attacks against healthcare industry

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory October 28 siting “credible information” they have on an “imminent and increased” threat of cybercrime attacks against the US healthcare industry with the goal of locking down systems, stealing data, and extorting money.

Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication is in the Mail

Though the postage is marked first class, the mailer’s intent is not. In fact, it is another low-class act by scammers. The United States Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a statement on August 6 about postcards that are being sent to health care organizations disguised as official OCR communications, claiming to be notices of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment.

Cyberthreats are lurking in COVID-19 pandemic

“As more of our employees work from home and are under the collective stress of the COVID-19 pandemic we become easy victims,” said David Ginsberg, PrivaPlan president. “Security reminders and awareness at this time are essential.”