Home Depot Settles 2014 Data Breach for $17.5 Million

Home Depot has agreed to settle a multistate investigation into the data breach involving the theft of millions of customers’ credit cards. In 2014, Home Depot was the target of a cyberattack where the company’s point-of-sale systems were infected with malware...

Healthcare Providers Targeted in Wave of New Ransomware Attacks

We’ve written before about regulators’ and prosecutors’ increasing efforts to fight cybercrime in the COVID-19 era, and about how the most common form of cybercrime is Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud. Last week, federal agencies reminded us about the particular...

Atlanta: A Home for Cybercriminals

As we’ve written before, cybercrime continues to be one of the top risks facing businesses and organizations. It’s also a top priority regulators and prosecutors. The most common form of cybercrime is Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud, an email phishing scheme...

PAYING RANSOM COULD LEAD TO FINES

On October 1, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued an Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments announcing that companies that “facilitate” ransom payments on behalf of ransomware victims may be...

HIPAA News: August 2020 Data Breach Report

The online HIPAA Journal has published the statistics for reported breaches of protected health information (PHI) of 500 or more patients occurring during August, 2020, available here.  The total number of such breaches reported was 37, virtually identical to the...

HHS-OCR Issues Fraud Alert

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), which is charged with implementing and overseeing HIPAA, recently alerted providers of a potential scam being perpetrated by postcards falsely purporting to be from OCR.  These postcards were directed to the attention of the...