Posted January 6, 2015
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- Federal regulators plan to resume random HIPAA compliance audits in 2015; organizations should prepare by doing their own mock audits. During the mock audits, healthcare providers should ensure that they have all HIPAA-related documentation in one place, so that they can provide proof to government auditors about their security and privacy compliance efforts.
- Hackers released a cache of 13,000 passwords and credit cards associated with two separate gaming stations and one leading ecommerce site on December 27, 2014.
Legal and Regulations
- The Federal Communications Commission is expected to introduce and vote on net neutrality rules in February. Republican lawmakers are preparing to take the net neutrality debate into their own hands if the FCC opts to regulate internet service providers as utility companies.
- National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger renewed the association’s push for national data security and breach notification standards for retailers amid news of a possible data breach at Chick-fil-A restaurants.
- The United States imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on January 2 in its first public act of retribution for the alleged cyber-attack against Sony. The stepped-up sanctions, authorized by executive order from President Barack Obama, will affect three North Korean entities, including a government intelligence agency and a North Korean arms dealer. The U.S. is also sanctioning 10 individuals who work for those entities or the North Korean government, the Treasury Department said.
- An FBI bulletin claims that the perpetrators in the Sony breach may extend their efforts to threaten other media companies. The Guardians of Peace posted taunting messages to Pastebin.com that mocked the FBI and an undisclosed media organization’s investigation efforts. The targeted media organization has not yet been identified.
- The FBI is not backing down on its claim that North Korea was the mastermind behind the disruptive Sony studio hack. The bureau’s insistence comes after a growing number of private cyber-security firms are saying there is no evidence to conclude North Korea was the mastermind. FBI agents were briefed earlier this week on a theory that the attack was launched by former disgruntled Sony workers. In a statement, the FBI said North Korea was responsible, citing “intelligence from US intelligence community, DHS [Department of Homeland Security], foreign partners and the private sector.”
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