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Ransomware Corrupts 24,000 Patient Records of California Specialist

January 7, 2019 - A ransomware attack on the Podiatric Offices of Bobby Yee corrupted and possibly altered the medical records of 24,000 patients, according to a recent notification. Typically, ransomware merely encrypts the data on the infected computers, workstations or servers, along with any systems connected to the impacted device. However, the attack on the Podiatric Offices concluded with the...


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Hackers Breach Data of 4,300 Missouri Patients for 3 Months

by Jessica Davis

Missouri-based Choice Rehabilitation Center is notifying 4,309 patients that their data was breached in a months-long hack on a corporate email account. On November 7, Choice discovered that one of its email accounts was hacked....

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Breach Impacts 15,000 Customers

by Jessica Davis

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is notifying 15,000 customers that their data was potentially breached due to a stolen laptop. According to the notice, the stolen laptop belonged to a business associate of one of its subsidiaries. An...

Malware Attack on BJC Healthcare Breaches Credit Card Data

by Jessica Davis

The patient portal of Missouri-based BJC Healthcare was hacked with malware, which potentially intercepted the credit and debit card numbers of 5,850 patients. According to officials, the breach was discovered on November 19. An...

Email Error, Lack of Encryption Breaches Nebraska Patient Data

by Jessica Davis

Fremont, Nebraska-based Prairie Fields Family Medicine is notifying 6,450 patients that their patient data was potentially breached due to an emailing error. An employee inadvertently sent an unencrypted spreadsheet to the wrong email...

Third-Party Vendor Hack Breaches 48,000 Baylor Frisco Patients

by Jessica Davis

Texas-based Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Frisco is notifying about 47,948 patients or guarantors that their payment information was exposed for a week, after a hack on its third-party vendor’s credit card processing...

Data of 7,000 Tandigm Health Patients Exposed by Site Vulnerability

by Jessica Davis

Philadelphia-based Tandigm Health recently notified about 7,000 patients that their personal data may have been exposed for more than six months, due to a website vulnerability. On Sept. 25, 2018, Tandigm officials discovered a potential...

2.65M Atrium Health Patient Records Breached in Third-Party Vendor Hack

by Jessica Davis

The data of more than 2.65 million Atrium Health patients was breached for a week-long period, due to a cyberattack on the health system’s billing vendor AccuDoc Solutions in September. The North Carolina billing vendor prepares...

Dental Breach Notification Sparked by EMR Vendor Refusal

by Jessica Davis

Florida-based Key Dental Group is notifying some of its patients of a breach, after its electronic medical record vendor refused to return a patient database at the end of its contract. According to officials, Key Dental received a...

176.3 Patient Records Taken in Reported Breaches Since 2009

by Jessica Davis

Hacking is less common in the healthcare sector than theft and unauthorized disclosure, but those cybercriminals stole more than half of the breached patient records from 2009 to 2017, according to a new JAMA Internal Medicine report. The...

Phishing Attack Impacts Health Data of 128K Employees, Patients

by Jessica Davis

New York Oncology Hematology is notifying 128,400 employees and patients that their patient data may have been breached, after 15 employees fell victim to a phishing campaign in April. The phishing emails were highly targeted, appearing...

Ransomware Attack on May Eye Care Breaches 30K Patient Records

by Jessica Davis

Pennsylvania-based May Eye Care Center and Associates reported a breach of 30,000 patient records after falling victim to a ransomware attack on July 29. The ransomware infected May Eye Care’s server, compromising its electronic...

Phishing Attacks Breach Data of 42K Florida Patients for 3 Months

by Jessica Davis

Florida-based Health First notified 42,000 patients that their personal data may have been exposed for three months after several employees fell victim to phishing attacks. The breach was reported to the Department of Health and Human...

45,000 Patient Records Exposed in Nuance Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Nuance, a Burlington, Mass.-based provider of speech recognition software, said in a May 10 SEC filing that a healthcare data breach occurred when an unauthorized third party gained access to 45,000 patient records hosted on one of its...

UnityPoint Allegedly Mishandled Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

UnityPoint Health delayed reporting a healthcare data breach, incorrectly told affected patients that their Social Security numbers were not part of the breach, and declined to compensate victims for damage to their credit from the breach,...

1.13M Records Exposed by 110 Healthcare Data Breaches in Q1 2018

by Fred Donovan

Around 1.13 million patient records were compromised in 110 healthcare data breaches in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released May 3 in the Protenus Breach Barometer. Healthcare insiders were most likely to snoop on family...

Healthcare Data Breaches Now Covered by Arizona Law

by Fred Donovan

Arizona is now including healthcare data breaches in its data breach notification law. Under legislation introduced in January and signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey earlier this month, information about an individual's...

HIPAA Covered Entities Get Pass on OR Data Breach Notification Law

by Fred Donovan

HIPAA covered entities in Oregon are exempt from a new requirement that organizations in the state report data breaches within 45 days of discovery. Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law at the end of March amendments (Senate Bill...

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