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Cass Diverts Patients, Shuts Down EHR Due to Ransomware Attack

July 10, 2018 - Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri, has diverted trauma and stroke patients and shut down its EHR system due to a ransomware attack, the hospital said in a July 9 statement on its website. Cass became aware of the ransomware attack on its IT infrastructure at 11 AM on Monday. The attack disrupted its internal communication systems and access to its EHR system. In response...


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Cybercriminals Move from Ransomware Attacks to Crypto Mining

by Fred Donovan

The cyberthreat landscaping is changing rapidly. For example, ransomware attacks, which have devasted the healthcare industry, are being replaced by cryptocurrency mining attacks among cybercriminals motived by financial gain, according to the...

Cybercriminals Target Hospitals with SamSam Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

Cybercriminals increased their SamSam (aka SAMSA) ransomware attacks against the healthcare sector in the first quarter of 2018, with numerous cases reported of hospitals paying the ransom to regain access to their systems, according to...

Recent WannaCrypt Ransomware Attack Not Really Ransomware

by Fred Donovan

When you mention the word WannaCry, health IT security folks break into a cold sweat. They remember the havoc that the WannaCry ransomware attack wreaked on the healthcare industry last year. Cybercriminals claiming to be from the WannaCry-Hack-team...

Cryptocurrency Mining Tops Ransomware Attacks as New Cyberthreat

by Fred Donovan

While ransomware attacks continue to preoccupy the minds of healthcare IT security pros, a new threat is emerging—cryptocurrency mining. Not as devastating as ransomware, cryptocurrency mining malware can still degrade system performance...

Ransomware Attacks Topped List of Cyber Insurance Claims

by Fred Donovan

More than one-quarter of cyber insurance claims received by AIG last year were the result of ransomware attacks, the largest percentage of any cyberattack type, according to the insurance giant’s 2017 cyber insurance claim statistics. AIG...

Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology Suffers Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Minnesota-based Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (APP) said that it suffered a Triple-M ransomware attack on March 30-31. It notified OCR on May 18 that 6,546 individuals were affected by the attack. APP related that Eastern European hackers...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Soared in Q3 2017

by Fred Donovan

The number of healthcare ransomware attacks exploded in the third quarter of 2017, far outpacing all other types of cyberattacks against healthcare companies, but then dropped off sharply in the fourth quarter, according to the latest data from...

Healthcare Providers Score High on Ransomware Attack Mitigation

by Fred Donovan

Researchers have found that healthcare providers are doing a good job of implementing recommendations in the ONC SAFER Guides’ contingency planning guide, which was updated last year to incorporate strategies for ransomware attack mitigation....

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Focus on Victims Who Will Pay Up

by Fred Donovan

Cybercriminals carrying out SamSam ransomware attacks, which have been identified by HHS as posing a significant threat to healthcare organizations this year, focus on victims that are most likely to pay to get their data back, such as hospitals,...

Likely Ransomware Attack Exposes 85K Patient Records in CA

by Fred Donovan

California-based Center for Orthopaedic Specialists (COS) admitted that a recent cybersecurity incident, which was described similar to a ransomware attack, succeeded in encrypting 85,000 patient records. “The patient data that was encrypted...

SamSam Ransomware Attackers Target Healthcare Providers

by Fred Donovan

So far this year, there have been at least eight cyberattacks on healthcare and government organizations employing the SamSam ransomware, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a report released March 30. SamSam ransomware...

Primary Health Care PHI Data Security Incident Affects 10K

by Elizabeth Snell

Unauthorized access to employee email accounts may have led to a PHI data security incident at Primary Health Care Inc. (PHC), according to an organization statement. PHC discovered the access to four employee accounts and the related Google...

Healthcare Ransomware, Data Breaches Represent Top Industry Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

For the second straight year, healthcare data breaches were cited as a top threat to the industry, according to the annual HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Healthcare ransomware and malware that steals credentials are also key worry areas for information...

Healthcare Ransomware Attack Affects 6.5K at AL Practice

by Elizabeth Snell

A healthcare ransomware attack allowed an unknown hacker to gain access to EMR software containing patient medical records, Jemison Internal Medicine, PC (JIM) announced on its website. The Alabama-based practice said the virus encrypted its...

36K Notified of Potential Healthcare Data Breach from Mailing Error

by Elizabeth Snell

A mailing error has led to a potential healthcare data breach for Triple-S Advantage (Triple-S) members, according to an online company statement. The Puerto Rico-based organization is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association....

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed after Allscripts Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics, P.A. (Orthopedics) filed a class-action lawsuit in the wake of the Allscripts ransomware attack that took place on January 18, 2018. Allscripts’ EHR system was infected by SamSam ransomware,...

Patient Data Likely Unaffected in Adams Health Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Indiana-based Adams Health Network experienced a ransomware attack on January 11, the organization confirmed in an online statement. CEO Jo Ellen Eidam said that a virus was put on the computer systems but patient care was not interrupted and...

Allscripts Ransomware Attack Impacts Limited Number of Applications

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: An Allscripts spokesperson emailed an additional update to HealthITSecurity.com on January 26, 2018 about the ransomware attack.  An Allscripts ransomware attack was reported on January 18, 2018, with certain applications made inaccessible....

NC Data Breach Legislation Accounts for Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Following an increase in reported state data breaches in 2017, North Carolina’s attorney general and a state representative introduced data breach legislation to better protect individuals. The updated Act to Strengthen Identity Theft Protections...

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