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Hovering (over links) is your best secret weapon!

At times, it feels as if we could start every week with this sentence: "There's a new tactic being used by cybercriminals to trick unsuspecting victims." And the sophistication level of the new tactics is off the charts. So, what are we dealing with as of late? Well, where should...

Cybercriminals are Businesspeople too!

“This pandemic is great for my business!” said very few people. Unless you’re a hacker. And then it’s likely that business is booming. These organizations are well organized and structured businesses that thrive – or fail – within their own economies. That means that supply and demand dictate prices and...

STOLEN: Laptop Worth $1M!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently closed an investigation into Lifespan Health System Affiliated Covered Entity for a stolen laptop incident reported back in 2017. That laptop contained…ready for this? …20,431 individual patient records that all contained protected health information (PHI). And it wasn’t encrypted. HAD it been...

Fact or Fiction: Pandemic Phishing is on the Rise

With the onset of COVID-19, there were a plethora of new opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of our uncertainties, fears, and overall lack of knowledge about this virus and how it was spreading. What we are finding is that malicious activity is spreading just as fast. Collectively, we are...

New Scam Targeting Medical Entities that Your SPAM Filter will NOT Stop!

The Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent out a warning that fraudulent postcards are being sent out, addressed to HIPAA Privacy and Security Officers with false information and instructions. These postcards are being sent to healthcare organizations and are disguised as an “official...

Don’t Forget About Me!

Remember your MySpace account? Or when your significant other wanted you to create a TikTok account so that you could make fun videos – which happened once, and you realized you would never do THAT again. These accounts are all your identities floating around in cyberspace, waiting to be rediscovered...

Is Your Email Worth Millions?

A recent decision against UnityPoint Health was made where no ‘global cap’ was put in place with regard to settlement claims. These claims against UnityPoint Health stem from data breaches that were a result of two phishing incidents. The class of 1.4 million members are entitled to (up to) $1,000...

Mask Mandate: Does It Violate HIPAA?

As a business owner or simply a concerned citizen, you will encounter people who object to wearing the mask and may not have one on.  Your first inclination may be to scowl at them for not following the rules, or if you are in a position to do so, demand...

What is Spoofing?

Most of us may already know the term spoofing, as it is commonly used in the real-world to describe an alternate variation of something. Spoofing, from a cybercrime standpoint refers to the cybercriminals action to disguise a phone call, website, or email for malicious purposes. By falsifying their true appearance,...