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Cryptomining Top Malware Threat, Multi-Purpose Malware Surges

January 14, 2019 - For the past 13 months, cryptomining topped the list of leading malware threats, according to Check Point’s latest Global Threat Index for December 2018. In fact, the top four malware threats were cryptomining variants, despite the value of cryptocurrency declining in 2018. Coinhive was the most prevalent, with about 12 percent of organizations falling victim across the globe. In...


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Hackers Launching DNS Infrastructure Hijacking Campaign, Feds Warn

by Jessica Davis

Hackers are targeting Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure with a global hijacking campaign across all sectors, according to a new alert from the Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration...

New Phishing Tool Bypasses Two-Factor Authentication

by Jessica Davis

A security researcher recently released a hacking tool that takes phishing attacks to a whole new level: It both automates phishing attacks and breaks through two-factor authentication functions with ease. Modlishka was created by Piotr...

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....

Email Hack on Vermont Provider Breaches 32,000 Patient Records

by Jessica Davis

Elizabethtown Community Hospital, part of the University of Vermont Health Network, notified about 32,000 patients that their personal health information was breached during an email hack. On October 18, hospital officials discovered an...

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...

Biggest Challenges, Lessons Learned from Health Cybersecurity in 2018

by Jessica Davis

The cybersecurity issues faced by the healthcare sector in 2018 aren’t much different from those in recent years. However, hackers are increasing in sophistication and steadily improving success rates. The year started off with a...

HealthEquity Email Hack Breaches Data of 190K Patients

by Jessica Davis

An email hack on two employee email accounts potentially breached the personal data of 190,000 HealthEquity customers. HealthEquity provides health savings accounts and similar services to more than 3.4 million individuals. This is the...

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...

Does Quantum Computing Threaten Healthcare Data Security?

by Fred Donovan

While some in healthcare see quantum computing as a way to harness big data to improve healthcare diagnostics and drug development, others see it as a threat to healthcare data security. Last year, IBM launched an initiative, IBM Q, to...

Orangeworm Jeopardizes Healthcare Data Security at Large Firms

by Fred Donovan

A new cyber group called Orangeworm is undermining healthcare data security at large firms using malware known as Trojan.Kwampirs to gain remote access to compromised computers, warned security firm Symantec in a new report released April...

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...

Hacking Continues to Cause Majority of Reported Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

Through June 2017 there has been a 29 percent increase from 2016 in US reported data breaches, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. Overall, the number of breaches could hit a 37...

Healthcare Hacking Leading Cause for 2017 Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Cybersecurity issues continue to plague the healthcare industry, so it should come as no surprise that healthcare hacking and IT incidents account for the majority of large-scale incidents in 2017. OCR numbers show that four of the five...

CoPilot Security Breach Potentially Impacts 220K Patients

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. announced it detected unauthorized access of one of its databases and notified potentially impacted patients of the security breach. CoPilot has no evidence any information has been...

New Hampshire Hospital Data Breach Affects 15K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

A patient at New Hampshire Hospital reportedly hacked into the New Hampshire Department Of Health And Human Services (DHHS), posting information online and creating a potential data breach for 15,000 individuals. DHHS said in an online...

Health Data Hacking Incident Affects 29K at Texas Hospital

by Elizabeth Snell

Texas-based Integrity Transitional Hospital recently reported a health data hacking incident that may have affected the information of 29,514 patients, according to the Office for Civil Rights data breach reporting tool. Integrity...

UC Davis Health Email Breach Exposes 1,326 Patients’ Data

by Patrick Ouellette

UC Davis Health System announced that it discovered a provider’s email had been compromised by an unknown source on September 26, breaching 1,326 patients’ data. According to the release on the UC Davis Health website,...

Addressing health cyber risks with intelligence sharing

by Patrick Ouellette

If they haven’t been hacked already, healthcare organizations are undoubtedly hearing cyber criminals’ footsteps. But what are these organizations seeing from hackers and how are they reacting to high-profile breaches such as...

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