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August 8, 2018
The personal data of 2,373,764 patients was left exposed online after Hova Health, a telemedicine company based in Mexico, misconfigured a MongoDB database. Security researcher Bob Diachecko made the discovery using the Shodan.io search engine, which scans the internet for open ports on connected devices and web servers. The database was publically available and could be accessed or changed by...
By Dave Muoio July 9, 2018
Prying eyes. Polar now joins Strava in the list of fitness app makers accidentally betraying military information. According to a report from the Dutch publication De Correspondent, an opt-in feature within the app posts users’ routes to an online map can become a gateway to their private information with diligent searching and a simple modification of the browser’s web address. Working with the...
Winston Armstrong and Sandeep Chandra talk about hybrid cloud with HIMSS TV
By HIMSS TV July 2, 2018
Winston Armstrong, CISO at the San Diego Super Computer Center, and Sandeep Chandra, director of health cyberinfrastructure at the same center, both tout the benefits of a hybrid cloud with medical devices in terms of security as well as analytics. But key safeguards are needed to keep it secure.
By Dave Muoio July 2, 2018
A security vulnerability affecting more than 3,000 mobile apps is exposing more than 4 million protected health records that include prescription details and sensitive chat messages, according to a report from mobile app security firm Appthority. The opening — which also includes 2.6 million plaintext passwords and user IDs, 25 million GPS location records, and 50,000 financial records — is a...
By Jack McCarthy November 11, 2016
Healthcare organizations are moving fast to embrace mobile apps, with 82 percent implementing a mobile strategy, and 78 percent achieving positive ROI from mobile app investments already, according to a new survey published by open source software specialist Red Hat. In the coming year, Red Hat found, U.S. demand for patient-facing apps (60 percent) is expected to slightly outpace demand for...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2015
Just last week, the Consumer Electronics Association released guidelines about privacy policies for health and fitness devices. At the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium in Boston last week, a panel of experts also had some ideas about maintaining privacy and security in the world of health and fitness devices -- a world where HIPAA often doesn't apply. Right now, the biggest...