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Apple is contending with some serious security issues. A San Diego health care provider and Kansas organ transplant facilitator are reckoning with separate hacks. And Dell is patching some old flaws. This is CyberScoop for May 4, 2021.

Apple’s latest cleanup

Apple released a series of security updates Monday to counter hackers who are actively exploiting two flaws affecting some later-generation iPhones, as well as a whole host of iPad and iPod models. Both flaws would have allowed hackers to arbitrarily execute code on victim devices, according to Apple. The company acknowledged that there are reports that hackers have been exploiting both issues in the wild to hack victims’ devices. It’s the latest vulnerability cleanup Apple has had to grapple with in the past several months. Shannon Vavra has the details.

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Crooks continue to target the health sector

If you needed a reminder of the enduring cybercriminal threat to health care organizations, it came this week as a big San Diego health care provider and a Kansas organ transplant facilitator grappled with separate hacks. The former breach has forced Scripps Health to reschedule some patient appointments, and the latter reportedly affected up to 17,000 people. Sean Lyngaas reports.

Dell driver vulnerabilities sat around since 2009

SentinelOne researchers uncovered several vulnerabilities that have existed in Dell drivers since 2009, they revealed on Tuesday. The flaws put hundreds of millions of machines at potential risk from hackers who could initiate attacks like ransomware or wipers, SentinelOne said. Dell issued a mitigation alert in advance of the research's release. Tim Starks has more.

Illinois AG wasn't ready

The office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul admitted last week that it was the victim of a ransomware attack that included the theft and publication of agency files. The announcement arrived about three weeks after a data breach was first detected, and just a few months after the office was warned of its vulnerabilities in an audit that revealed a culture of lax cybersecurity practices. The audit found that the attorney general’s office “had not implemented adequate internal controls," like regular risk assessments. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed takes it from here.

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