FBI Warns of "Spear Phishing" for Your Data and Ideas

    View Authors August 2014
    The widely reported data breach at Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) appears to have relied upon a "spear phish email" to launch the initial malware, according to a recent alert from the FBI. Experts engaged by CHS believe that the attacker is an "Advanced Persistent Threat." The FBI alert provides tips for organizations to prevent or identify a similar breach as well as technical information about specific network and host indicators. Companies with valuable intellectual property or with data covered by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) are advised to heed the FBI’s warning.