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NY Computer Virus Raises Healthcare Data Security Concerns

April 13, 2017 - Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has been battling a computer virus that was discovered on its computer system early Sunday morning, causing concern over the organization’s healthcare data security. The hospital has voluntarily shut down its entire system to mitigate any further damage in response to the attack. The FBI and state police cybersecurity investigators have been looking...


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NY Computer Virus Raises Healthcare Data Security Concerns

by Kate Monica

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has been battling a computer virus that was discovered on its computer system early Sunday morning, causing concern over the organization’s healthcare data security. The hospital has voluntarily shut down...

55K Potentially Affected by Virus Encrypting Pediatric Servers

by Kate Monica

On February 6, 2017, ABCD Pediatrics discovered a virus had gained access to the healthcare organization’s servers and encrypted patient data. The Texas-based pediatric facility immediately contacted IT personnel to take all servers offline...

Potential Ransomware Attack Encrypts Patient Data in KY

by Elizabeth Snell

Kentucky-based Estill County Chiropractic (ECC) recently announced on its website that it had experienced a potential ransomware attack, where an unauthorized user installed malicious software that encrypted patient files. ECC said that it immediately...

Urology Austin Ransomware Attack Possibly Affects 279K

by Elizabeth Snell

Urology Austin recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on January 22, 2017, which potentially exposed patient data that was stored on the compromised server. The OCR data breach reporting tool states that 279,663...

Ransomware Attack Mitigation in Updated ONC SAFER Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

Best practices for ransomware attack mitigation and prevention, along with general contingency planning, were recently discussed in updated SAFER Guides from the ONC. First published in January 2014, the SAFER Guides “provide an easy-to-use...

Metropolitan Urology Ransomware Attack Affects 18K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Wisconsin-based Metropolitan Urology Group (MUG) recently notified patients that it had experienced a ransomware attack on November 28, 206. MUG explained in a statement on its website that it became aware of the incident on January 10, 2017....

VA University Health System Security Breach Impacts 2.7K

by Kate Monica

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System recently discovered a data breach potentially impacted over 2,700 patients, according to an announcement in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. On January 10, 2017, VCU Health System became aware...

How AI Can Help Fight Healthcare Ransomware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is facing more ransomware threats every day, and is a prime target for such attacks. However, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) explained in a recent paper that artificial intelligence could greatly aid organizations...

79K Patients Affected by Emory Healthcare Data Breach

by Kate Monica

Nearly 80,000 patients were potentially impacted by a recent data breach at Georgia-based Emory Healthcare’s Orthopaedics & Spine Center and Brain Health Center (EHC) at Emory Clinic. On January 3, 2017, EHC became aware of an incident...

Md. Introduces Ransomware Bill with Criminal, Civil Penalties

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent ransomware bill introduced into the Maryland General Assembly calls for steeper penalties for individuals who utilize the malicious software for such attacks. Maryland Senator Sen. Susan Lee sponsored the bill, HB 340, which “creates...

Delaware Health Data Breach Potentially Impacts 19K

by Kate Monica

At Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Delaware, two subcontractors suffered a breach leaving 16 self-insured customers and 19,000 Highmark members vulnerable to a potential attack. The incident came to light January 13, 2017 after the Delaware...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Fuel Protection Market Growth

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare continues to digitize medical records and increase its use of ePHI, it is also making it a larger target for ransomware attacks, according to recent research. The healthcare industry is also facing more ransomware attacks than any...

Southcentral Foundation Cyberattack Affects 14K in AK

by Kate Monica

Alaska-based Southcentral Foundation recently announced on its website that it experienced a data breach regarding PHI on October 18, 2016. Employee email accounts were potentially accessed during a cyberattack. The incident involved the potentially...

Quest Diagnostics Data Breach Affects 34K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Quest Diagnostics recently announced that it became aware of a PHI data breach on November 28, 2016, that may have involved the information of 34,000 patients. On November 26, 2016, an unauthorized third party accessed the MyQuest by Care360®...

How FTC Ransomware Prevention Tips Can Apply to Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

When it comes to ransomware in healthcare, the ramifications can be especially devastating. Not only could providers potentially be locked out of their own EHR systems, but patient care could be hindered. Organizations should take note of ransomware...

HIPAA Audits, Ransomware, Mobile Security Top 2016 Headlines

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security is an ever-evolving area, with covered entities constantly working to ensure that they have the necessary tools in place to keep patient data safe. Over the past year, data breaches continued to be a hot topic in healthcare,...

IDC Predicts Healthcare Ransomware Attacks to Double by 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

Numerous industries have been working to combat, prevent, and mitigate malicious malware attacks. The healthcare sector has found itself particularly vulnerable to such attacks, and research has shown that the number of healthcare ransomware...

Healthcare Top Target in Gatak Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry is one of the most common victims of the Gatak ransomware attacks, according to research from Symantec. The Gatak Trojan will lead victims to a website that offers key generators for pirated software, and is the majority...

Half of Businesses Report Ransomware Attack in Past Year

by Elizabeth Snell

An increase in IT security spending and adjusting security strategies to focus on mitigation are two of the most common responses businesses listed after becoming the victim of a ransomware attack in the last year, according to a recent survey....

Potential Horizon BCBS Data Breach for 170K from Printing Error

by Elizabeth Snell

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) announced earlier this month that one of its vendors potentially exposed the information of up to 170,000 members in a potential data breach. Command Marketing Innovations (CMI) did...

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