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Phishing Attack Breaches Data of 30,000 Memorial Hospital Patients

February 21, 2019 - An employee of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, Mississippi fell victim to a phishing attack, which breached the data of 30,000 patients for more than a week in December. On December 17, officials discovered an unauthorized party gained access to an employee email account on December 6. The account was immediately secured, and an investigation was launched to determine the scope of the...


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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....

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...

Trojan Malware Tops Ransomware as Biggest Hacking Threat to Healthcare

by Jessica Davis

Trojan malware upended ransomware as the greatest hacking threat to the healthcare sector in 2018, according to a new report from Malwarebytes Labs. Specifically, Emotet and Trickbot hacking trojans were the most common malware strains,...

Cryptomining Top Malware Threat, Multi-Purpose Malware Surges

by Jessica Davis

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...

Malware Attack Hits University of Maryland Medical System

by Jessica Davis

The University of Maryland Medical System was hit by a malware attack early Sunday morning, disrupting some IT system functions. According to officials, an outside source attempted to infiltrate the IT systems with a malware virus around...

New Stealthy Russian Hacking Tool Targets Government Agencies

by Jessica Davis

A new Russian hacking tool is targeting government systems in the United States and Europe through spear-phishing attacks, using stealthy, sophisticated mechanisms to go undetected. Discovered by Palo Alto Networks, the...

While New Strains Slow, Ransomware Attacks Continue Apace

by Fred Donovan

While the emergence of new ransomware strains has slowed, the total number of ransomware samples is growing, fueling continued ransomware attacks, according to the latest data from McAfee Labs. The number of ransomware samples increased...

ALYN Hospital Employs Ericom Shield to Bolster Healthcare Data Security

by Fred Donovan

Israel’s ALYN Hospital recently turned to Ericom Shield to bolster its healthcare data security, particularly for its web-based communication. ALYN is an Israeli hospital for rehabilitation of children with physical, respiratory,...

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...

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...

Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology Suffers Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Minnesota-based Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (APP) said that it suffered a Triple-M ransomware attack on March 30-31. It notified OCR on May 18 that 6,546 individuals were affected by the attack. APP related that Eastern...

Data on 500K Patients Exposed in LifeBridge Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

LifeBridge Health, a healthcare provider located in northwest Baltimore, has notified more than 500,000 patients that their personal information may have been exposed in a September 2016 healthcare data breach, the provider said in a...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Soared in Q3 2017

by Fred Donovan

The number of healthcare ransomware attacks exploded in the third quarter of 2017, far outpacing all other types of cyberattacks against healthcare companies, but then dropped off sharply in the fourth quarter, according to the latest data...

Healthcare Least Prepared for Ransomware Attacks, Other Cyberattacks

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare and public health sector is the least prepared of the critical infrastructure industries for ransomware attacks and other types of cyberattacks, according to a recent Pwnie Express survey of 582 IT security professionals...

Healthcare Industry Takes Brunt of Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry is taking the lion’s share of ransomware attacks, according to a threat report released May 1 by endpoint security firm Cylance. Ransomware attacks grew three-fold last year, with healthcare being affected...

CarePlus Health Reports PHI Data Breach Impacting 11K

by Elizabeth Snell

A series of programming and printing errors resulted in Explanation of Benefits (EOB) letters being sent to the incorrect CarePlus Health Plan members, an organization spokesperson confirmed to HealthITSecurity.com. Approximately 11,200...

Decatur County General EMR Security Incident Impacts 24K

by Elizabeth Snell

Tennessee-based Decatur County General Hospital experienced an EMR security incident when unauthorized software was installed on the server the EMR vendor supports on the organization’s behalf. Decatur County received a security...

45% of Orgs Claim Employees Biggest Cloud Security Risk

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare cloud security is increasingly critical for organizations as they continue to implement more options for data storage and backup. Employees must also be properly trained on the latest cybersecurity trends to properly mitigate...

78% of Healthcare Workers Lack Data Privacy, Security Preparedness

by Elizabeth Snell

Improved data privacy and security employee training programs will greatly benefit healthcare organizations as they work to keep pace against evolving cybersecurity threats, according to recent research. Seventy percent of employees in...

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