In 2016, 91 percent of the U.S. population had health insurance coverage which means at a given time, any person will be effected in the event of a healthcare data breach. How it affects individuals may differ case by case perspective, but its impact to affected people and healthcare institutions are far from mild. In our latest research paper titled Cybercrime and other Threats faced by Healthcare industry, we look at the other side of a healthcare data breach and trace back what happens to electronic health records (EHR) after they are stolen.Read More
Today, the Trend Micro Forward-Looking Threat Research team released the paper Leaking Beeps: Unencrypted Pager Messages in the Healthcare Industry, our research about a weakness we identified in pager technology. If you are concerned about keeping your health information private, I would highly recommend you read through it. I, for one, was not expecting the findings we made. Pagers are secure, right? We’ve used them for decades, they are hard to monitor, and that’s why some of our most trusted industries use them, including the healthcare sector.
Nope. Wrong. All it took to see hospital information in clear text from hundreds of miles (or kilometers if you are a non-US person like me) away is an SDR software and a USB dongle. Frankly, I was stunned. The problem with pagers—like many other technologies—is that they were designed and developed in a bygone era, and very few people go back to see if current technologies easily break the trust we had in these older ones or not (by virtue of making ease of monitoring—accidental or intentional—something easily done by a common person).Read More
With the coming holidays also come news of various credit card breaches that endanger the data of many industries and their customers. High-profile breaches, such as that of the Hilton Hotel and other similar establishments, were accomplished using point-of-sale (PoS) malware, leading many to fear digital threats on brick-and-mortar retailers this Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday season. Researchers also found a broad campaign that uses the modular ModPOS malware to steal payment card data from retailers in the US.
However, from what we have seen, it is not only retailers in the US that are at risk of breaches. Our researchers recently found an early version of a potentially powerful, adaptable, and invisible botnet that seeks out PoS systems within networks. It has already extended its reach to small and medium sized business networks all over the world, including a healthcare organization in the US. We are calling this operation Black Atlas, in reference to BlackPOS, the malware primarily used in this operation.Read More
We’re back to look inside the crystal ball of future technologies. This is the third post of the “FuTuRology” project, a blog series where the Trend Micro Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) team predicts the future of popular technologies. In the last two installments of this series, we introduced our future technology threat landscape project and started to…Read More
This is the second post in the “FuTuRology” project, a blog series where the Trend Micro Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) team predicts the future of popular technologies. Make sure to check the first entry of the series for a brief introduction on the project. Predicting the future sucks. It does because we are never right….Read More