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Coordinated Attack Holds 22 Municipalities Hostage, Marks Escalating Ransomware Threat

On August 16, a coordinated ransomware attack was launched on 22 city, county and police department offices in Texas, seizing and disabling systems and encrypting data. The collective ransom demanded by what state authorities have described as a “single threat actor” is $2.5 million. While larger municipalities, like Lubbock County, were able to quickly identify…

StockX, Poshmark, Capital One Breaches Highlight Data Security Risks

On August 1, TechCrunch reported that online retailer StockX did not reveal that it had suffered a data breach in May that exposed 6.8 million user records. Within days of discovering the breach, StockX emailed users and instructed them to change their passwords following what the company referred to as system updates on its platform,…

License Plate Photos Compromised in US Customs Contractor Cyberattack

The United States has 328 ports of entry. Each day more than 1 million individuals enter or leave the country; their movements and identities are recorded for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to use under a strict data policy that stresses use limitation and information security. Despite the CBP’s stringent precautions, the agency announced…

Perdue Foods’ Third Recall Raises Concerns for Companies and Consumers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Perdue Foods’ third major product recall of 2019 in a news release on May 31. The company recalled approximately 31,703 pounds of frozen and refrigerated chicken products for potentially containing foreign materials. In early January Perdue Foods also recalled approximately 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken breast nuggets due to…

Study Reveals Two Out of Three Hotels Inadvertently Leak Guests’ Data

On April 10, Symantec released a study showing two-thirds of hotel websites leak guests’ booking details to third-party sites. Marriott International, which experienced a massive data breach in November 2018, was not included in that study. On February 14, the City of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Marriott International for that breach that exposed the…

Autonomous Ships Shaping New Coverage Considerations

As the global economy expands and oceans become more crowded, the shipping industry is looking to autonomous ships to reduce accidents, increase efficiencies and cut costs. Last month a Dutch consortium engaged a vessel equipped with collision avoidance technology in 11 test scenarios in the North Sea, and earlier this month the Maritime and Port…

Harassment Claims Rise in the Wake of #MeToo, Reports EEOC

As society’s focus on sexual harassment grows, so too does the number of people filing claims against employers. According to a report released last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment claims rose 13.6 percent from 2017 to 2018. A 2019 study by NAVEX Global found an 18 percent increase in employee-reported cases…

Boeing’s 737 Max Production Slowdowns, Legal Battles Highlight Supply-Chain Vulnerabilities

After two devastating crashes that resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives, Boeing has grounded its 737 Max planes. Multiple sources have linked the crashes—Lion Air Flight 610 in October 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in March 2019—to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), the plane’s automatic safety system, though the U.S. Federal…

5G-Assisted Surgeries and Telemedicine Call for Evolved Coverage

When Antonio Maria de Lacy, M.D., oversaw the complex surgical removal of a cancerous tumor from a patient’s colon in Barcelona, Spain, in February, he was not in the room or even in the building. Using 5G technology, de Lacy supervised a team of surgeons from more than three miles away. The future of medicine…

From Motorcycles to Life-Saving Devices, 3D Printing Full of Promise and Risk

Every day, it seems, brings news of another milestone achieved thanks to 3D printing. Just last month doctors at Penn State Children’s Hospital surgically implanted a 3D-printed esophageal “splint” in 13-month-old Ramiah Martin, who was born without a trachea and with a malformed esophagus. Digital manufacturer Carbon and football helmet designer Riddell recently announced plans…