tci Part B Insider - 2017 Issue 1

Industry Notes: Fraudulent Cybersecurity Firm Masquerades As the OCR in Phishing Scam

Falling in line with cyber Monday’s tradition of glitches and deceit, a cybersecurity firm targeted HIPAA entities and business associates masquerading as OCR director, Jocelyn Samuels, through email that used an HHS letterhead in a phishing scam. “The email prompts recipients to click a link regarding possible inclusion in the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Rules Audit Program. The link directs individuals to a non-governmental website marketing a firm’s cybersecurity services,” the HHS press release from Nov. 28, 2016 said. “In no way is this firm associated with the U.S. Department of Health...

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