The Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage at the end of February – caused by a simple typo – had widespread effects across the web. Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) hosts a wide variety of data, and more than 140,000 unique domains make use of it.Amazon has identified human error as the cause. And although data wasn’t lost, there was […]


The news this past week included another major data breach.  This time, it was a database that included 198 million voter records.  1.1 terabytes of personally identifiable information of American voters, including their names and addresses and rankings of their political leanings.  The database was assembled by a political consulting company named Deep Root Analytics. […]


Last month, the WannaCry ransomware attack, according to Reuters, struck more than 150 nations, affecting upwards of 200,000 computers. Cyence, a firm specializing in cyber-risk modeling, estimated the total economic damage to be around $4 billion. Victims ranged from individual users to massive organizations, including transportation systems in Germany, a communications firm in Spain and hospitals […]

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With the advent of new technologies (particularly those enabling real-time video communication), telehealth is becoming an increasingly common means of providing healthcare services. Telehealth has some distinct advantages, the most obvious of which is convenience. Patients have quicker access to healthcare when they need it, and practices can cut the costs associated with meeting, managing, […]


Dept. of Defense Cybersecurity Deadline Approaching With an eye toward securing potentially sensitive information, the U.S. Department of Defense has spent the past few years updating its cybersecurity regulations covering defense contractors and subcontractors. The major 2015 hack at the Office of Personnel Management has, among other incidents, served as a catalyst, and the new […]


WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack On Friday, a massive global ransomware attack (using the ransomware known at WannaCry or Wanna Decryptor) attacked thousands of computer networks in over 150 countries.  Reports this morning indicate that as workers return to their computers and continue to open phishing emails, the attacks are continuing to spread again.  (The attack […]