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Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Contribute to 2017 Top Data Breaches

December 13, 2017 - With the majority of healthcare providers reporting that they were impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack in the past 12 months, it is not surprising that nine out of the 10 largest breaches reported to OCR in 2017 were caused by hacking or IT incidents. Save for one reported incident, the largest data breaches came from ransomware attacks, unauthorized server access, and computer viruses....


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78% of Providers Report Healthcare Ransomware, Malware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Email is the most likely cause for a data breach, according to recent research, with 78 percent of providers reporting that they experienced a healthcare ransomware or malware attack in the past 12 months. Eighty-seven percent of respondents...

Henry Ford Health System PHI Data Breach Affects 18K

by Elizabeth Snell

Henry Ford Health System experienced a PHI data breach after an unauthorized individual gained access to or stole a group of employees’ email accounts, according to an online statement from the organization. Henry Ford said it is notifying...

How an Ohio Hospital Avoided a Widespread Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Having the necessary and applicable data security tools in place, along with comprehensive employee education, are critical for ransomware attack prevention measures. Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of the potential threats and be...

26% of Orgs Would Pay Ransomware After Healthcare Cyberattack

by Elizabeth Snell

While the majority of healthcare IT and security professionals in the UK and US are confident in their organization’s ability to respond to a healthcare cyberattack, there are still some that are not sure their entity can properly respond,...

Data Backups Aid in Ransomware Attack Recovery for KS Agency

by Elizabeth Snell

East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) said in an online statement that it was the victim of a ransomware attack on September 5, 2017, leaving files encrypted and inaccessible. ECKAAA said it immediately hired a cybersecurity company...

ECRI: Healthcare Ransomware, Cybersecurity Threats Top Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to understand the potential safety issues that come with medical devices and systems, according to the ECRI Institute. Healthcare ransomware threats, medical device networking flaws, and other cybersecurity threats...

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which could bring legitimate harm...

16K Patients Notified Following Phishing Scam in MD Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Maryland-based Chase Brexton Health Care reported that “a number of” its employees fell for a phishing scam between August 2, 2017 and August 3, 2017. Employees received a “bogus” survey via email, which once completed,...

Why Guidance is Critical for Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers must adhere to HIPAA rules and required state regulation with regard to maintaining data security. But not all regulations are specific in how covered entities should approach healthcare cybersecurity in an evolving industry....

Ransomware Attack May Impact 19K Oncology Hematology Patients

by Kate Monica

On June 17, 2017, Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA suffered a ransomware attack potentially impacting some patient EHRs on the practice’s server and computer workstations, according to an online statement. The potentially affected...

St. Mark’s Ransomware Attack Could Affect 33K Patients

by Kate Monica

St. Mark’s Surgery Center, LLC suffered a ransomware attack between April 13 and April 17, 2017 that impacted its server, according to an online statement. On May 8, 2017, a forensics team found evidence the attack potentially affected...

Phishing Attack May Impact PHI of 3.4K at CA Treatment Center

by Kate Monica

City of Hope in California recently suffered a data breach in which four staff member email accounts were accessed by an unauthorized party through an email phishing attack. The cancer research and treatment center employees received the phishing...

Nuance Restores 75% of Clients After NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Nuance Communications, Inc. stated that it has restored 75 percent of its clients following the NotPetya malware attack it experienced last month. Nuance Healthcare, which offers a transcription platform used by medical...

Patient Data Exposure Possibly Impacts 15K at FL Center

by Kate Monica

On May 5, 2017, Tampa Bay Surgery Center was made aware of a security incident in which certain patient data was posted to a public online file-sharing site by an unauthorized third party. Law enforcement informed the healthcare center that the...

Top 3 Essentials in Preparing for Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

With each week seeming to bring in a report of a new ransomware attack, healthcare organizations cannot afford to assume that this type of cybersecurity issue will never affect them. Preparing for ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry...

UC Davis Health System Phishing Attack Potentially Impacts 15K

by Kate Monica

On May 15, 2017, UC Davis Health suffered a potential security breach when a phishing email was sent to an employee. Through the phishing email, hackers gained access to the employee’s account and posed as the account owner to send emails...

NH-ISAC Issues Petya Ransomware Vaccine, Mitigation

by Elizabeth Snell

The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) announced that it had a Petya ransomware vaccine, and also discussed mitigation tactics that organizations can follow to minimize the potential risk of infection. Entities...

Saint Thomas Health Data Breach from Misplaced Documents

by Kate Monica

In April, Saint Thomas Health discovered a potential health data breach involving patient information at its facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The breach potentially impacted 2,859 Saint Thomas patients, the organization said in an online...

Health System, Pharma Firm Report Cybersecurity Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Pennsylvania-based Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS) reported that it had experienced a cybersecurity incident on June 27, 2017. While HVHS did not specifically identify the type of ransomware attack, it said that it was “identified...

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