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VON Canada Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

September 27, 2018 - Home-based healthcare organization VON Canada is recovering from a ransomware attack that shutdown all its computers systems, forcing it to revert to manual operations for scheduling care and exchanging patient information. VON Canada said Sept. 18 it has returned normal operations in Nova Scotia and continues to work on restoring normal operations in Ontario. The organization has...


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Europol Warns Nation-States Behind More Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

The European law enforcement agency Europol is warning that nation-states are increasingly behind ransomware attacks, such as the 2017 WannaCry campaign. The WannaCry ransomware targeted medical devices and...

Cybercriminals Using Innovative GrandCrab for Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

Over the last few months, cybercriminals have begun using the innovative GrandCrab ransomware for their ransomware attacks, according to Fortinet’s Threat Landscape Report Q2 2018. GrandCrab is the first ransomware to accept Dash...

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Net Creator $6M So Far

by Fred Donovan

SamSam ransomware attacks, which have targeted healthcare organizations, has netted its creator $6 million so far, according to a recent report by security firm Sophos. Three-quarters of the victims are based in the United States, and the...

PHI of 105K People At Risk in Boys Town Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Nebraska-based Boys Town National Research Hospital reported to OCR July 20 a healthcare data breach that may have exposed PHI on 105,309 individuals. In a statement, Boys Town said it discovered on May 23 unusual activity relating to an...

CISOs Stockpile Cryptocurrency in Case of Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

The threat of a ransomware attack has led nearly three-quarters of CISOs to stockpile cryptocurrency to pay cybercriminals, according to survey of 1,700 IT, security, and business leaders in the United States, the UK, and Germany by...

Despite Flashy Attacks, Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline

by Fred Donovan

Even with some well-publicized ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations this year, such as Allscripts and LabCorp, healthcare ransomware attacks are on the decline, according to the latest analysis by cybersecurity firm...

Cass Regional Finally Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Cass Regional Medical Center finally has its EHR system back online and is no longer diverting emergency patients to other hospitals a week after it suffered a ransomware attack. The initial attack, reported by the Missouri-based hospital...

Allscripts Wants Ransomware Attack Class-Action Lawsuit Dismissed

by Fred Donovan

EHR vendor Allscripts wants a district court judge in Illinois to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics over the SamSam ransomware attack that encrypted patient data and took...

Cass Diverts Patients, Shuts Down EHR Due to Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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