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OCR Secures $2.175 Million HIPAA Settlement After Hospitals Failed to Properly Notify HHS of a Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information

In an agreement with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Sentara Hospitals (Sentara) have agreed to take corrective actions and pay $2.175 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Breach Notification and Privacy Rules.  Sentara is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals with more than 300 sites of care throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Read the HHS Press […]

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October 2019 is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Check out this 2019 Toolkit Handbook for ways to benefit: https://niccs.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/dhs_ncsam2019_toolkit_508c.pdf?trackDocs=dhs_ncsam2019_toolkit_508c.pdf Excerpt: “OWN IT.” Understand your digital profile. Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization, but also presents opportunities for potential cybersecurity threats that can compromise your most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your […]

These Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables Will Hijack Your Computer

It looks like an Apple lightning cable. It works like an Apple lightning cable. But it will give an attacker a way to remotely tap into your computer. I plugged the Apple lightning cable into my iPod and connected it to my Mac, just as I normally would. My iPod started charging, iTunes detected the device, and my iPod produced the pop-up asking if I wanted to trust this computer. All expected behaviour. But this […]

TechRadar: Need new RAM or SSDs? Better act fast, prices may rise soon.

RAM and SSD prices might see price hike from manufacturers Hopefully the cost of RAM doesn’t increase too much Over the last few months we’ve been enjoying some pretty low prices for the best RAM and SSDs. However, that might be ending soon, as some SSD manufacturers are reportedly discussing price hikes.  According to a report from Digitimes, SSD manufacturers are planning to raise prices by 10-15% on NAND flash, which would make SSDs more expensive. This is reportedly […]

Agent Smith: 16 Android Apps You Need to Delete

BY BHASWATI GUHA MAJUMDER ON 7/13/19 AT 7:32 PM REUTERS Excerpt: “If you are an Android user then you should know that it is vulnerable to malware attacks, which can cause serious data theft. Recently a new malware called ‘Agent Smith’ is targeting android phones to bombard with advertisements. As per the reports, this Agent Smith, which was first detected by IT security company Check Point, is also capable of targeting installed applications on android […]

How the Spectre and Meltdown Hacks Really Worked

An in-depth look at these dangerous exploitations of microprocessor vulnerabilities and why there might be more of them out there By Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, Dmitry Ponomarev and Dmitry Evtyushkin You don’t have to be a computer genius to read and appreciate the problems that Meltdown and Spectre introduced. And spolier alert, it ain’t over yet. https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/how-the-spectre-and-meltdown-hacks-really-worked

Your Computer Crash is Our Little Secret

Ignoring the basics can have visible consequences-and they are never good for your business. Keep up with your Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Anti-Ransomware, Anti-EverythingElse, and do your backups (including testing them) on a regular basis. As you expect your customers to come to you as a professional for their needs, so should you seek a professional to keep your business running.

Worst Windows 10 version ever? Microsoft’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad October

Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on October 2, then pulled it days later. Now, with November fast approaching, the update has still not been re-released. Where’s the problem? And will it happen again? In September 2017, Microsoft boasted that it had just released the “best version of Windows 10 ever.” A year later, as Windows engineers struggle with the most recent release of the company’s flagship operating system, there’s a compelling case that the […]