Threat Intelligence Blog

Posted July 12, 2016

This weekly brief highlights the latest threat intelligence news to provide insight into the latest threats to various industries.



“The number of healthcare security attacks continues to grow with breaches of over 11 million patient records in June, more than any other month this year, according to a report from security firm Protenus and

The June breaches totaled 11,061,649 patient records, representing 23 of 29 incidents for which exact numbers were available. Most of the breaches are attributable to a single hack that included a large insurer database (10.3 million records).

– Healthcare IT News

Financial Services

Burger chain […] said some customers’ payment card data, including card numbers and other crucial information, was stolen in the malware attack that affected about 1,025 of its franchised restaurants in the United States.


Hackers stole “cardholder name, credit or debit card number, expiration date, cardholder verification value, and service code,” among other data, the company said earlier on Thursday.


Legal and Regulations

North Carolina has amended its Money Transmitters Act, to introduce a new Bitlicense. The new legislation  applies to custodian exchanges and wallet providers offering non-fiat virtual, digital and crypto-currency services to consumers. To get a Bitlicense, a business musts ubmit an application to the Commissioner; pay a non-refundable filing fee of at least $1,500; have, and maintain, a net worth of at least $250,000; post and maintain a surety bond with the Commissioner for at least $150,000 – although (a) this amount will be increased if the money transmission volumes in North Carolina are greater than $1,000,000 a year; and (b) the bond can be replaced by cash, or near-cash financial instruments, if that’s what the applicant would prefer. The Commissioner also has the discretion to require the applicant to obtain (additional) insurance for cybersecurity risks, if they’re not within the scope of the surety bond (or there isn’t one).

North Carolina General Assembly


Wal-Mart faces protests by employees in China over what they say is a drastic change in work schedules as the company overhauls its struggling business amid an economic slowdown and competition from e-commerce.

 Weakening demand for traditional retailers has added to trouble for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has had slow and uneven growth since its first China outlet opened in 1996. It tried to expand into online retailing but sold its operation last month to China’s No. 2 e-commerce operator.

– Yahoo


The European Union is taking steps that could lead to a third antitrust complaint against Google, this time over its lucrative advertising services, according to three people familiar with the EU investigation.

EU officials sent the search giant’s critics requests to allow their evidence to be shared with Google, said the people, who asked not to be named because the case is private. One request was sent as recently as last week, one person said. Such a move is typically a precursor to a formal EU statement of objections cataloging how a firm may have violated EU antitrust law.

– Internet Retailer

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