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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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”...

Hackers Attempt to Extort Ontario Healthcare Provider CarePartners


CarePartners experienced a data breach in 2018, and now the hackers are attempting to extort the Ontario-based provider for 5 bitcoins, or about $18,000, to prevent the public release of employee and patient files, according to...

Slack Adds HIPAA-Compliant Features to Enterprise Grid Messaging


Slack recently added HIPAA compliance to its security features, directly related to file uploads. While the compliance is not currently related to communication channels or direct messaging between patients and providers, two sources told...

OCR Settles with Cottage Health for $3M After 2 Patient Data Breaches


California-based Cottage Health settled with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights for $3 million and the adoption of a corrective action plan, over two separate security incidents in 2013 and 2015 that...

How Multi-Factor Authentication Can Combat Phishing, Cyberattacks


Healthcare has been steadily moving into consumerization, as the industry shifts into value-based care and patients demand easier access to their data. At the same time, cyber threats and hackers have increased in sophistication,...

24,000 Patient Records Breached in EyeSouth Partners Email Hack


Georgia-based EyeSouth Partners recently began notifying 24,113 patients that their protected health information was potentially compromised after an employee email hack. On October 25, officials discovered an individual gained...


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