Why Richard Branson gave 23andMe billions to go public

Why Richard Branson gave 23andMe billions to go public

Branson says he sees 23andMe as a company with “enormous growth potential.” No — home DNA kits weren’t some kind of “pandemic winner.” Rather, the once-booming DTC genetics industry has hit a lull in the past few years, as a result of growing concerns around privacy, accuracy and value.

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Ransomware Gang Collects Data from Blood Testing Lab

Apex Laboratory, which provides blood work at home for patients in New York City, Long Island and South Florida, has been hit with a ransomware attack that also resulted in patient data being stolen.

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

The technology, which Google and Apple plan to launch in mid-May, enables people to have their phone track the Bluetooth signals emitted by the phones of every other person with whom they come in close contact.

September 2019 Healthcare Data Breach Report

September 2019 Healthcare Data Breach Report

There were 36 healthcare data breaches involving over 500 records reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights in September.

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

ThreatList: Healthcare Breaches Spike in October

There was also a breach at Texas Health Resources thanks to a mailing error, which involved a total of 82,577 records.In all, October saw healthcare organizations and business associates in 24 states report data breaches (Texas’ 15 accounting for most of them).

Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Healthcare organizations (HCOs) are increasingly at risk from legacy operating systems, device complexity and the use of commonly exploited protocols, according to a new study from Forescout.

2018 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

2018 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

As in previous years, 100 baseline points can be earned in each of the three major assessment categories (consumer protection, site security and privacy).

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

Data brokers then aggregate this deidentified health information and sell it to third party buyers; for example Adam Tanner of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science estimates that a large pharmaceutical company might pay between $10 million and $40 million per year for data, consulting and services from Iqvia alone.

Should Google’s Involvement In Healthcare Worry You?

Should Google’s Involvement In Healthcare Worry You?

Though it’s still unclear whether this will give Google access to patient records (DeepMind has made deals with Britain’s National Health Service in order to help doctors monitor kidney patients), what is clear is that Google has major healthcare aspirations.

2.7 million patient calls to Swedish healthcare hotline left unprotected online

2.7 million patient calls to Swedish healthcare hotline left unprotected online

The 170,000 hours of incredibly sensitive calls were stored on an open web server without any encryption or authentication, leaving personal information completely exposed for anyone with a web browser. Phone calls to the MEDICALL help service were stored as WAV audio files on an unsecured server.

California Banned Default Passwords, But Will This Increase Security?

California Banned Default Passwords, But Will This Increase Security?

This law mandates that manufacturers preprogram a unique password for each individual device and that the user is required to change this password upon first login.

Hackers steal data of 75,000 users after Healthcare.gov FFE breach

Hackers steal data of 75,000 users after Healthcare.gov FFE breach

Healthcare insurance agents and brokers use the FFE to enroll users into Obamacare plans made available through the official HealthCare.gov portal. US citizens can still enroll for Obamacare health care plans via the HealthCare.gov portal or the Marketplace Call Center.

Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. CMS didn’t say exactly what kind of data was included in the stolen files, nor did it say how the breach happened.

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

He’s going to investigate how technology can help diagnose and treat mental health conditions . A growing number of people choose to track their own physical condition using FitBits, Jawbones and other activity trackers, tiny wearable devices that monitor your movements, pulse rate, sleep patterns and more.