A look by DataBreachToday Executive Editor Mathew J. Schwartz at the human element behind malware leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, changes in the U.S. government's healthcare breach reporting website known as the "Wall of Shame."
Australia's mandatory data breach notification law, which goes into effect next February, brings a host of new requirements. Gordon Hughes, an attorney and data protection expert, discusses what organizations need to be aware of ahead of its implementation.
Sweden is grappling with the fallout from a data breach that occurred two years ago and the scope of which has only recently trickled out. It resulted in the prosecution of the former head of the Transport Agency and deep questions over an outsourcing arrangement with IBM.
Trump Hotels is warning customers that payment card data at 14 of its properties was compromised during a seven-month breach that affected service-provider Sabre. Other affected chains include Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Loews Hotels.
Kudos to the breached business - in this case, kiosk manufacturer Avanti Markets - that quickly alerts victims and gives them actionable information for protecting themselves. Unfortunately, not all breached businesses are so forthright, as some recent data leaks demonstrate.
Avanti Markets is warning 1.6 million users of its self-service kiosk vending machines that malware-wielding hackers infected about 1,900 of its machines and stole names and payment card data, but not biometric information. Point-of-sale malware called Poseidon appears to be involved.
Travel industry giant Sabre said Wednesday an intruder using stolen account credentials for its widely used reservations software had access to payment card details and personal information over a seven-month period. But it declined to say how many people are affected.
Members of Parliament in Britain have had their remote email access suspended following an apparent brute-force hack attempt aimed at exploiting weak passwords to gain access to their accounts. Officials say fewer than 90 email accounts appear to have been breached.
South Korean web hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay attackers a record-shattering $1 million to unlock 153 Linux servers crypto-locked by ransomware. Security researchers say the infection was likely exacerbated by the company running ancient versions of the Linux kernel, as well as Apache and PHP.
Clothing retailer Buckle says malware installed on its point-of-sale systems apparently stole customers' payment card details for nearly six months. Buckle's warning, which follows a breach alert from Kmart, shows the fight against payment card fraud is far from over.
Bad security habits of consumers whose use of apps is skyrocketing is leading to increased risks for businesses as they ramp up their use of apps as well, says Neil Wu Becker, a global vice president at A10 networks, who emphasizes the need to enforce best practices.
Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill says customers' payment card data was stolen via point-of-sale malware installed at the vast majority of its more than 2,000 restaurant locations for more than three weeks.
Travel industry software giant Sabre has alerted hotels that its software-as-a-service SynXis Central Reservations system - used by more than 36,000 properties - was breached and payment card data and customers' personal details may have been stolen.
Intercontinental Hotels Group says that in addition to 12 hotels that it directly manages suffering a point-of-sale malware outbreak that began in 2016, 1,200 IHG-branded franchise hotel locations in the United States were also affected.
Luxury clothing retailer Neiman Marcus has disclosed that a December 2015 breach compromised more sensitive information than first thought. It also disclosed a fresh attack in January that exposed names, contact information, email addresses and purchase histories.