October 20, 2017
Insider Threats to Patient Data Remain Unnoticed – United States
Of the reported healthcare data breach incidents that occurred in September, it took an average of 387 days for healthcare organizations to discover a breach had occurred, according to a report from cybersecurity software company Protenus. There was a substantial uptick in the number of breach incidents reported in the month of September, with almost half a million patient records compromised, according to the report. There were 46 incidents in September, compared to 33 in August, 36 in July and 52 in June. The Protenus Breach Barometer is a monthly snapshot of reported or disclosed breaches impacting the healthcare industry, with data compiled and provided by DataBreaches.net. The report includes breach incidents either disclosed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or to the media in the past month. For the 42 incidents for which Protenus had numbers, 499,144 patient records were affected. The largest single incident for which Protenus had numbers involved 128,000 patient records in a hacking incident that involved ransomware. Reports did make it clear that this patient data was made inaccessible by the hacking. In September, hacking accounted for 40 percent of all data breach incidents and 80 percent of all breached patient records. “There was one report that specifically mentioned ransomware, seven reports that mentioned phishing, and eight reports mentioned extortion attempts as part of the health data breach. The blackhat hackers known as TheDarkOverLord (TDO), whose hacks in the healthcare sector have been previously noted in our monthly reports, claimed responsibility for all eight of these extortion incidents,” the report stated. Extortion is on the rise across all sectors, and that the healthcare sector and education sector are prime targets for extortionists due to the sensitivity of the data and lack of security.
Positive Developments to Take Place on Turkey-US Visa Fight – Turkey and The United States
Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül said Thursday that he hopes positive developments will soon take place regarding the visa spat, a day after Turkish and U.S. delegations held discussions over the matter. "The meeting was very productive," Gül told Anadolu Agency's Editor's Desk and added that he hopes the next steps that will be taken by both sides will provide even better results. He noted that it is not possible to give a date for the resolution of the visa crisis, and added that Turkey will retaliate in kind to U.S. decisions. The minister also responded to allegations claiming that the U.S. consulate staff Metin Topuz who was detained by Turkey for espionage and terrorism was not authorized to speak to his lawyer. "All procedures are being conducted in line with legal provisions," Gül said, adding that Topuz was able to see his lawyers during detention and before the court, and was also allowed to see his family. "Therefore I think that the U.S. reacted disproportionately during the process [of Topuz's detention]" Gül added. He also highlighted that Topuz, who worked for the U.S. consulate is a Turkish citizen and the U.S. should not take his arrest personal, saying that if a Turkish citizen commits a crime he/she will be held accountable by the law.
Republican Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Curb Protesting in at Least 18 States – United States
Since the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.” From Virginia to Washington state, legislators have introduced bills that would increase punishments for blocking highways, ban the use of masks during protests, indemnify drivers who strike protesters with their cars and, in at least one case, seize the assets of people involved in protests that later turn violent. The proposals come after a string of mass protest movements in the past few years, covering everything from police shootings of unarmed black men to the Dakota Access Pipeline to the inauguration of Trump. Some are introducing bills because they say they're necessary to counter the actions of “paid” or “professional” protesters who set out to intimidate or disrupt, a common accusation that experts agree is largely overstated. “You now have a situation where you have full-time, quasi-professional agent-provocateurs that attempt to create public disorder,” said Republican state senator John Kavanagh of Arizona in support of a measure there that would bring racketeering charges against some protesters.
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