Medicine

The Big Short: Alleged Security Flaws Fuel Bet Against St. Jude Medical

In-brief: The stock of medical device maker St. Jude plunged by 5% on Thursday after a report called for investors to bet against (or “short”) the company’s stock over serious security vulnerabilities in a range of the company’s implantable cardiac devices.

Privacy Forum Pushes Guidance for Wearables, Health Apps

In-brief: new guidance from the Future of Privacy Forum urges connected health device makers to address security and privacy issues to prevent sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. 

Silent Epidemic: Do Software Errors Already Affect Patient Outcomes?

In-brief: Software- and hardware related failures already may already affect patient outcomes, experts say, but nobody is measuring it.

REPORT: 2015 Sees Big Jump in Ransomware Attacks

In-brief: 2015 was a record year for ransomware, according to Symantec’s latest Internet Security Threat Report. There’s evidence that cyber criminals are coupling ransomware with sophisticated, targeted attacks. 

Update: Regulator says Ransomware Infections Likely Reportable Under HIPAA

In-brief: The Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance that declared most ransomware infections to be reportable under the Federal HIPAA patient privacy law.