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Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek. — ProPublica
She cited an April announcement from HHS that lowered the maximum annual fine, from $1.5 million to $250,000, for what’s known as “corrected willful neglect” — the result of conscious failures or reckless indifference that a company tries to fix. She said that large firms would not only consider those fines as just the cost of doing business, but that they could also negotiate with the government to get them reduced. A ProPublica examination in 2015 found few consequences for repeat HIPAA offenders.
health  privacy  security  technology  healthcare  hacking  internet 
september 2019 by conner
What happened with West Virginia’s blockchain voting experiment?
"But numerous election technology experts sounded the alarm over what they said was the enormous potential for glitches and security risks on people’s mobile devices, the networks that hosted them, and the servers that held their information. Amid the words and phrases they used to describe West Virginia’s experiment: “horrible,” “horrific,” “completely nuts,” “high-flying blockchain promises,” “the Theranos of voting,” and “no.” Some pointed to the lack of transparency around the app, others to the inherent weaknesses of conducting an election over the internet at all. "
voting  technology  westvirginia  capitalism  security  hacking  policy  elections 
july 2019 by conner
The Future Is Here, and It Features Hackers Getting Bombed – Foreign Policy
"After blocking a cyberattack that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said was launched by operatives working on behalf of the militant group Hamas, the IDF carried out an airstrike in Gaza targeting the building in which the hackers worked, partially destroying it. The strike appears to be the first time that a nation’s military has responded in real time to a cyberattack with physical force. "
hacking  war  policy  israel  palestine  gaza 
may 2019 by conner
Feds: Woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago had hidden-camera detector | Miami Herald
"So the Secret Service stuck Zhang's thumbdrive into their computer."
"Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich, who interviewed Zhang on the day of her arrest, testified at the hearing. He stated that when another agent put Zhang’s thumb-drive into his computer, it immediately began to install files, a “very out-of-the-ordinary” event that he had never seen happen before during this kind of analysis. The agent had to immediately stop the analysis to halt any further corruption of his computer, Ivanovich said. The analysis is ongoing but still inconclusive, he testified."
hacking  idiots  GOP 
april 2019 by conner
Millions of fingerprints stolen in US government hack - BBC News
"It is easy to get a new password, pin or credit card after a breach but it's rather harder to get new fingers."
hacking  government 
september 2015 by conner
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