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Europol, Bitdefender Share GandCrab Ransomware Decryption Tool

February 19, 2019 - The No More Ransom campaign released a decryption tool for the newest GandCrab ransomware variant, one of the most notorious ransomware families that has hit the healthcare sector hard in the last year. The decryptor was developed in partnership with the Romanian police, security firm Bitdefender and Europol, along with other global law enforcement. No More Ransom is a private-public...


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Government Report Finds China Could Use Medical Data for Blackmail

by Jessica Davis

China has been rapidly increasing its investment in the US biotechnology sector in recent years, which has potentially given them access to genetic, private, and medical data that could pose a security risk, according to a new report from...

OIG Finds Security Risks in NIH Data Sharing Processes, Controls

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General discovered risks in the ways the National Institutes of Health shares its sensitive data, including the controls of permitted access to sensitive NIH...

Blockchain Vendors Team with MDW on Medical Imaging Security

by Jessica Davis

Radiology blockchain marketplace Medical Diagnostic Web is partnering with two blockchain vendors, Bitfury and Longenesis, to build a new platform designed to maintain, share, and secure medical imaging data, the companies announced at...

Email Fraud Attacks on Healthcare Jumped 473% Since 2017

by Jessica Davis

Email fraud attacks on the healthcare sector increased by a whopping 473 percent between the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a new report from Proofpoint. Proofpoint analyzed over 160 billion emails sent...

Community Health Systems Reaches Settlement over 2014 Breach of 4.5M

by Jessica Davis

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems reached a settlement with the 4.5 million patients impacted by its 2014 data breach. CHS operates more than 200 hospitals across the country and is one of the largest hospital networks in the U.S....

Ransomware Attack on Florida’s FABEN OB-GYN Results in Data Loss

by Jessica Davis

Florida-based FABEN Obstetrics and Gynecology was hit with a ransomware attack in November, which encrypted server files and caused some data to be permanently lost. On November 21, officials discovered a GandCrab ransomware infection on...

The Hits and Misses of HHS Healthcare Cybersecurity Guidelines

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services released a four-volume set of cybersecurity guidelines for the healthcare sector last month, which was applauded by many for its extensive breakdown of both risks and mitigations. Drafted in...

DHS Alerts to Vulnerabilities in Stryker and BD Medical Devices

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center released two advisories on Tuesday, notifying the healthcare sector of vulnerabilities in Stryker medical beds and Becton, Dickinson (BD)...

Credential Compromise Top Goal of Phishing Attacks in 2018

by Jessica Davis

Phishing attacks exploded in 2018, with hackers leveraging the attacks in hopes to score the credentials from their victims, according to a new report from Proofpoint researchers. Compromising credentials as the goal of phishing attacks...

Alaska Bungles Breach Notification, 87,000 Patients Impacted

by Jessica Davis

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recently updated its breach notification to include substantially more patients than were included in its initial announcement from June 2018. But in the process, those estimates also...

North Carolina Reintroduces Strict Data Breach Notification Law

by Jessica Davis

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine reintroduced data privacy legislation that would give organizations just 30 days to report a breach. For healthcare providers in the state, the law would effectively cut in...

Hospitals Spend 64% More on Advertising After a Data Breach

by Jessica Davis

Hospitals spend 64 percent more annually on advertising after a breach over the following two years, according to a recent report from the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers Sung J. Choi and M. Eric Johnson examined nonfederal...

Judge Approves Flowers Hospital Settlement over 2014 Data Breach

by Jessica Davis

A federal judge has approved a settlement between Flowers Hospital and the 1,200 patients whose data was stolen from the hospital in 2014, according to Alabama news station WTVY. The Alabama-based provider will pay the victims up to...

Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patients in Georgia

by Jessica Davis

A ransomware attack on specialist Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia potentially breached the data of about 16,000 patients. Officials discovered a ransomware attack infected a company server on September 30, a Sunday. The...

AI, IoT, Medical Devices Top Health Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

by Jessica Davis

Cybersecurity continued to be a struggle for many in the healthcare sector this year, with several massive breaches, successful targeted phishing campaigns, and security events caused by human error. While providers struggled with the...

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...

DOJ Indicts SamSam Hackers Behind Targeted Ransomware Attacks

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Justice indicted two Iranian hackers behind the targeted and highly successful SamSam ransomware campaign that has plagued the healthcare sector for several years. The federal prosecutors charged Mohammad Mehdi Shah...

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...

Arizona MCOs Fail OIG Security Audit, Putting Medicaid Data at Risk

by Jessica Davis

A Department of Health and Human Service Office of Inspector General audit of two Arizona Managed Care Organizations found significant, security vulnerabilities in its information systems, which call into question the integrity of the...

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