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California Moves to Close Gaps in Data Breach Notification Law

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assembleymember Marc Levine are seeking to strengthen the state’s data breach notification law, which aims to close a loophole and expand requirements to include compromised biometrics...

Senator Asks AMA, HIMSS How to Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is calling on some of the healthcare sector’s biggest stakeholders to share what they are doing to prevent cyberattacks and how those efforts can be supported by the government. The letter was sent to...

Phishing Attack Breaches Data of 30,000 Memorial Hospital Patients

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An employee of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi fell victim to a phishing attack, which breached the data of 30,000 patients for more than a week in December. On December 17, officials discovered an unauthorized party gained...

Health Data of 974,000 UW Medicine Patients Exposed for 3 Weeks

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The University of Washington Medicine is notifying about 974,000 individuals that some of their patient data was left exposed on the internet for three weeks due to a misconfigured server. The breach was discovered on December 26, when a...

Facebook Accused of Exposing User Health Data in Complaint to FTC

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A group of health privacy experts recently filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, accusing Facebook of misleading users about its privacy policies of its “closed” health groups. Filed in December with the FTC and...

2.7M Medical Calls, Sensitive Audio Exposed Online for 6 Years

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A 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide Service server used to store the phone calls made to the service for healthcare information was left unencrypted and exposed online with no user authentication requirement, according to IDG Computer...

Europol, Bitdefender Share GandCrab Ransomware Decryption Tool

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The No More Ransom campaign released a decryption tool for the newest GandCrab ransomware variant, one of the most notorious ransomware families that has hit the healthcare sector hard in the last year. The decryptor was developed in...

Ransomware Attacks Classified as a Felony Under Proposed Maryland Bill

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Hackers who launch ransomware attacks would face felony charges and stiffer penalties under recent legislation proposed by Maryland state Senators and cross-filed with House members. The bill directly names hackers who attempt to...

Blue Shield, AltaMed Patient Data Breached in Business Associate Hack

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Sharecare Health Data Services (SHDS) recently notified AltaMed Health Services and California Physicians Service (dba Blue Shield of California) of a network hack that potentially breached the data of thousands of their...

Government Report Finds China Could Use Medical Data for Blackmail

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China has been rapidly increasing its investment in the US biotechnology sector in recent years, which has potentially given them access to genetic, private, and medical data that could pose a security risk, according to a new report from...

42,000 AdventHealth Patients Impacted in Yearlong Data Breach

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About 42,000 AdventHealth Medical Group Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine patients are being notified that their personal and health data was breached for more than a year due to a hack of the Florida provider’s systems. On December...

Google Cloud Partners with Imprivata on Single Sign-On Access

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Imprivata, a health IT security firm, is partnering with Google Cloud to enable single sign-on capabilities on Chrome devices in the healthcare sector, the companies announced this week at HIMSS19. The collaboration will leverage...

What’s at Stake with Healthcare IoT and Cloud? Unnecessary Risk

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The healthcare sector continues to adopt IoT technologies and move into the cloud at a rapid pace. But while these technologies support a value-based care model and can improve patient care, the tools can pose serious risks that...

United Hospital District Reports June 2018 Breach from Phishing Attack

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Minnesota-based United Hospital District is notifying 2,143 patients that their data was compromised during a June 2018 phishing attack. According to officials, the breach occurred for about two weeks from June 10 and June 27, 2018. The...

OIG Finds Security Risks in NIH Data Sharing Processes, Controls

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General discovered risks in the ways the National Institutes of Health shares its sensitive data, including the controls of permitted access to sensitive NIH...

HIPAA Needs Clarity Around Patient Data Sharing, AMIA, AHIMA say

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In recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Health Information Management Association and American Medical Informatics Association are recommending updates to HIPAA that would both clarify right to...

15 Million Patient Records Breached in 2018; Hacking, Phishing Surges

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Fifteen million patient records were breached during 503 healthcare data breaches in 2018, nearly triple the amount of reported incidents from the previous year, according to the Protenus 2019 Breach Barometer. Protenus analyzed the...

Blockchain Vendors Team with MDW on Medical Imaging Security

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Radiology blockchain marketplace Medical Diagnostic Web is partnering with two blockchain vendors, Bitfury and Longenesis, to build a new platform designed to maintain, share, and secure medical imaging data, the companies announced at...

Email Fraud Attacks on Healthcare Jumped 473% Since 2017

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Email fraud attacks on the healthcare sector increased by a whopping 473 percent between the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a new report from Proofpoint. Proofpoint analyzed over 160 billion emails sent...

Phishing, Negligent Insiders Leave Healthcare Vulnerable, HIMSS says

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The healthcare sector is continuing to make positive improvements around cybersecurity, with many allocating more budgets to shore up threats. However, legacy systems and failure to perform phishing tests “raise grave concerns”...

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