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EMR Vendor Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patient Records

December 7, 2018 - California-based Redwood Eye Center notified the California Attorney General of a potential breach caused by a ransomware attack on its EMR hosting vendor IT Lighthouse. The third-party vendor hosts and stores the specialist’s patient data. On Sept. 20, officials were notified by IT Lighthouse of a ransomware attack the previous day. Redwood worked with the third-party vendor, a...


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Weekend Ransomware Attack Interrupts Care at 2 Ohio Hospitals

by Jessica Davis

Patients needing emergency care were diverted away from East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center over the weekend due to a ransomware attack. Officials confirmed the attack began on Friday night and continued into...

Healthcare Makes Up One-Quarter of SamSam Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare organizations have accounted for one-quarter of SamSam ransomware attack victims so far this year, said security firm Symantec in a recent blog post.  In total, 67 different organizations across sectors have been...

Ransomware Attack at Iowa Eye Clinic Puts PHI of 40K at Risk

by Fred Donovan

Iowa-based Jones Eye Clinic suffered a ransomware attack that may have compromised personal data on 40,000 patients, the Sioux City Journal reported Oct. 24. Information that might have been exposed included patient full name, address,...

Healthcare Continues To Bear the Brunt of Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare remains the most targeted industry by ransomware attacks, which have spiked in the third quarter of 2018, according to latest data from specialist insurer Beazley. Ransom demands in the most sophisticated type of breaches also...

VON Canada Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

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...

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...

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