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Apple’s New Privacy Website

Apple has launched a new privacy website that lets customers find out what personal information Apple is keeping on them. Apple pledges that it’s fast and easy to use to boot!

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has stated that Apple strives to be known as a technology company not a data company. He is quoted in an article on CNCB.com as saying “The new website is a continuation of the company’s narrative…that makes its money selling products rather than [selling] consumer data.”

Apple tested this privacy portal earlier this year in May in the EU. It was timed to coincide with the EU’s General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) launch.

In addition to this new portal, Apple has also launched several other privacy initiatives on its website and IOS operating system. The article talks about Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology which is a way to stop the kind of data collection that “causes consumers to see ads for products related to their recent purchases or web searches.”

Read more about this at https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/17/apple-launches-new-privacy-website.html


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Third Quarter 2018 Sees Phishing Attacks up by 297%

As retailers pursue additional methods for increased sales, cyber criminals are following close behind. The Retail and eCommerce Threat Landscape Report (https://www.intsights.com/retail-threat-landscape-report-october-2018) reports a 297% rise “in the number of false retailer websites designed to ‘phish’ for customer credentials.” This boils down to an average of 23 phishing sites per company, up from 5.9 phishing attacks per company in 2017.

Retailers are now using a multitude of online channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. All of these are prime opportunities for cyber criminals to launch phishing attacks to gain credit card numbers.

Read more about this at https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/89512-phishing-attacks-up-by-297-percent-in-q3-2018


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Healthcare Goes Mobile and Experiences New Threats

 Yes, going mobile is a great move for the healthcare industry. It’s fast and efficient and is a big benefit for both health care professionals and patients. On the other side, it’s also opening up a new world of vulnerabilities making providers take a look at their mobile strategies and setting priorities for privacy.

Healthtechmagazine.net has an interesting article about the challenges facing healthcare organizations. They talk about how the first step is understanding the risks, such as malware and ransomware. The article states, “Ransomware, which holds files hostage unless victims pay a fee, is a growing threat that requires a multipronged defense strategy, including a strong backup and recovery process and user education.”

The article talks about multiple types of threats. These include employees falling for phishing scams, improperly configured networks, applications that aren’t maintained, etc. It also talks about why mobile devices are so vulnerable and quotes Anthony Giandomenico, senior security analyst and researcher for Fortinet as saying, “Many users don’t think that their phones are as vulnerable as their laptops and PCs, which, in turn, lowers their guard when determining if, for example, an email is legitimate or not.”

The article wraps up with suggestions on how groups can become more conscious of mobile threats and what they look like, as well as other security suggestions. Read the full article at

https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/09/healthcare-mobility-emerges-so-do-new-cybersecurity-threats


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US Citizens Continue to Expose Themselves to Cyber Threats

Data breaches and threats are on the rise. BestVPN.com published a new research report revealing statistics about online privacy. They surveyed 1,000 consumers in the United States, inquiring about the level of understanding about online privacy. The results of the survey showed that even though people are aware of threats, they’re not properly protecting themselves.

The report revealed that there is a significant distrust of social media platforms with 45% of those surveyed “feeling uncomfortable about using platforms which track and potentially sell their data. Despite the mistrust of corporations, a lack of understanding is evident with a substantial 46% of respondents not adjusting their privacy settings on social accounts in the wake of 2018 corporate cyber violations.” In addition to social media platforms, the report details the dangers of public WiFi.

Read the full article at https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/89516-us-citizens-are-regularly-exposing-themselves-to-cyber-threats-despite-concerns

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The Healthcare Industry is Hurting

TechCrunch.com posted an article contributed by Bob Ackerman, Jr., managing director of AllegisCyber and founder of Datatribe about the “swarm” of cyber attacks that are disrupting companies in every type of industry. These attacks are costing an enormous amount of money to repair. This is especially true about the healthcare industry. It’s even more severe than in other types of companies as the healthcare industry is the 2nd largest industry in the United States and these hacks cost time, money, downtime and even lives.

Why is the healthcare industry such a large target? One reason is that they typically spend 50% less on cybersecurity than other industries. Another is that the data (stolen patient records) is very valuable on the black market. The article states that the FortiGuard Labs report showed an average of almost 32,000 “intrusion attacks per day, per organization” in the healthcare industry in 2017 as compared to more than 14,300 per organization in other industries.

Remember the MedStar Health attack? This Maryland-based healthcare system was brought to its knees by a ransomware attack that ultimately threatened lives. End result was that MedStar Health had to shut down its email and records database and became unable to provide radiation treatment for cancer patients for days. Bottom line is that any medical device that is connected to a network is potentially at risk.

Read more about this at https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/09/the-healthcare-industry-is-in-a-world-of-cybersecurity-hurt/