HIPAA: Opportunity Rather than an Encumbrance

HIPAA: Opportunity Rather than an Encumbrance


Inattentive employees pose major insider threat

Inattentive employees pose major insider threat


How to determine if insiders should be your primary concern

How to determine if insiders should be your primary concern


Five ways to counter insider threats

Five ways to counter insider threats


5 things you can do to limit your exposure to insider threats

5 things you can do to limit your exposure to insider threats


Spare parts are now being emailed to the International Space Station.

Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email. It is the first time hardware has been “emailed” to space. Nasa was responding to a request by ISS commander Barry Wilmore for a ratcheting socket wrench. Previously, if astronauts requested a specific item they could have waited months for it to be flown up on one of the regular supply flights. Mike Chen, founder of Made In Space, the company behind the 3-D printer, said: “We hadRead More


In a quest to purge spammers from Instragram, millions of user accounts have been shut down.

Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users. People who lost a lot of followers criticised the action, dubbing it the “Instagram Rapture”. Like its parent company Facebook, Instagram routinely removes accounts to limit spam and prevent users buying followers to appear more popular. Rapper Akon reportedly lost 56% of his followers in the cull. The big losers were Justin Bieber (minus 3,538,228 followers), and an online marketing specialist called Wellington Campos, which lost 3,284,304 followers overnight. One account, chiragchirag78, lostRead More


A nuclear power plant in South Korea is facing threats from hackers who have demonstrated that they have access to their network.

On Friday, designs and manuals of plant equipment owned by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co were put online by an unknown individual or group. Using an account named “president of the anti-nuclear reactor group”, the hacker posted blueprints of nuclear reactors on social media. A threat was made that unless three reactors were closed by Christmas, people should “stay away” from them. Korea Hydro said the leaked data did not undermine the safety of the reactors. Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co, the sole nuclear operator in Korea, isRead More


A self-destructing smartphone has arrived for “spies”.

Boeing and BlackBerry are working together to make an ultra-secure phone for US security staff, which will allow them to communicate securely and blow itself up… if it falls into the wrong hands, of course. BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen gave away some details of the project when presenting the company’s earnings. Many of the details of the project have been kept secret but Boeing provides some on its site. The phone, called Boeing Black, has disk encryption, a cryptographic engine and modular hardware that allows it to be upgraded andRead More


Hackers have compromized a German steel mill.

A blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered “massive damage” following a cyber attack on the plant’s network. Details of the incident emerged in the annual report of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). In its report, BSI said the attackers were very skilled and used both targeted emails and social engineering techniques to infiltrate the plant. In particular, said BSI, the attackers used a “spear phishing” campaign aimed at particular individuals in the company to trick people into opening messages that sought and grabbed login namesRead More