In Los Angeles, the theft of computers from a county contractor's office that contained personal data for over 342,000 patients has led to a call for tighter security.
The Los Angeles County supervisors are proposing tighter protocols for patient medical data, reports the LA Times:
The county already requires that workers' laptops be encrypted. The supervisors voted Tuesday to extend that policy to also encrypt all county departments’ computer workstation hard drives. They also asked that county staff members develop a plan to require "all County-contracted agencies that exchange personally identifiable information and protected health information data with the County" to encrypt sensitive information on their computers as a condition of their contracts
A class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this month.
Unsealed court documents reveal the identity of Fxmsp, a hacker from Kazakhstan who is blamed for information theft from more than 300 companies and governments, in 44 different countries around the world.
The United States Internal Revenue Service says it purchased access to a marketing database that offers location data for millions of US cellphones, so the IRS can identify and track persons suspected of tax-related crimes.
Following the discovery and prompting of a security researcher at Awake Security, Google says it has removed 106 malicious Chrome extensions that had 32 million downloads, and which were gathering browsing history and sensitive credentials from users.
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