Hacking group attacks state agency websites | Action on IoT cybersecurity is lacking, survey says | McAfee: N. Korea hackers spread malicious apps through Google Play
May 18, 2018
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Hacking group attacks state agency websites
Hacking group AnonPlus has attacked three websites run by the Workers' Compensation Administration of New Mexico, so the state has pulled down the sites. The group in recent days has also claimed to have struck websites run by other states.
Government Technology online (5/16) 
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Action on IoT cybersecurity is lacking, survey says
Cybersecurity professionals understand the need for internet of things security, but many organizations still lack IoT-specific policies, according to a Pwnie Express survey. "Technologies like medical devices are new attack surfaces that, a lot of times, the guys in IT security aren't thinking about," says Pwnie Express CEO Todd DeSisto.
Internet of Things Institute (5/16) 
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McAfee: N. Korea hackers spread malicious apps through Google Play
McAfee: N. Korea hackers spread malicious apps through Google Play
A group of hackers from North Korea used the Google Play store to host at least three apps designed to target the personal data of defectors, McAfee researchers say. The apps have already been removed by Google, but they had at least 100 downloads at the time of removal.
Ars Technica (5/17) 
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Technology Trends
$30M cardiac innovation fund launched by heart group, Philips and UPMC
A $30 million venture capital fund called Cardeation Capital has been launched by the American Heart Association, Royal Philips and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to support products for addressing cardiovascular disease and stroke created by emerging health care companies. The fund, which will be managed by Aphelion Capital, will invest in medtech, health information technology, health care services, diagnostics, digital health and consumer tools, but not in pharmaceuticals or biotechnology companies, said AHA CEO Nancy Brown.
AuntMinnie (free registration) (5/17),  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (5/17),  Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Big data startup Cask Data bought by Google
Cask Data, a big data analytics startup, has been acquired by Google. Cask's team is being incorporated into Google Cloud, although Cask said it will continue to support existing products and customers.
TechCrunch (5/17) 
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Funding round pulls in $3.4M for CareTaker Medical
A round of financing brought in $3.4 million for Charlottesville, Va.-based connected monitor company CareTaker Medical. The proceeds will be used for worldwide commercialization of the CareTaker wearable device, which continuously measures blood pressure and heart rate and transmits data to an Android device or to a hospital.
MobiHealthNews (5/16) 
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LifePlus' CGM multi-sensor watch being tested in 5 trials
LifePlus announced five clinical trials around the world are being performed to evaluate its LifeLeaf noninvasive continuous blood glucose monitoring multi-sensor wearable, which also monitors blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and respiration rate. The multi-sensor watch also noninvasively and continuously tracks chronic conditions, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and hypertension, and provides users with cloud-based artificial intelligence solutions and notifications in real time.
MobiHealthNews (5/17) 
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Government and Regulatory
CMS setting up pool of contractors to improve quality in Medicare
The CMS is allotting up to $25 billion to create a pool of Medicare quality improvement contractors that can get results quickly on a national, regional and local scale. Organizations can apply through June 26 to join the newly established Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors, with award recipients receiving five-year renewable contracts.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (5/16) 
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Auto-enrollment could cut uninsured rate, reduce risk
Automatic enrollment in health insurance could reduce the nation's uninsured rate, improve risk pools in individual plan markets, reduce premiums and reduce per capita federal subsidies, according to two recent Health Affairs blog posts. The authors proposed auto-enrollment in catastrophic coverage, but doing so may not improve risk pools unless catastrophic plans are integrated into the Affordable Care Act's tiered risk pools, writes David Anderson of Duke University's Margolis Center for Health Policy.
Health Affairs Blog (5/17) 
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