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Cryptocurrency Mining Tops Ransomware Attacks as New Cyberthreat

June 18, 2018 - 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 performance and cause vital healthcare IT systems to slow down or even shut down due to the enormous processing power the malware uses to mine cryptocurrency....


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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 European hackers...

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 statement...

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 from...

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 . The...

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 the most...

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 individuals...

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 incident...

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 potential...

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 numerous...

Retirement Community Reports Potential PHI Data Breach for 5.2K

by Elizabeth Snell

Maryland-based Westminster Ingleside King Farm Presbyterian Retirement Communities, Inc. (Ingleside) experienced a possible PHI data breach when it was targeted by a malware attack, according to an online statement. Ingleside discovered the malware...

Report Discusses How to Approach Botnets, Cybersecurity Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

There must be greater resilience against botnets and other distributed, automated threats in an effort to properly combat evolving cybersecurity threats, according to a recent report from federal agencies. The Departments of Commerce and Homeland...

US Reports North Korea Caused WannaCry Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The WannaCry ransomware attack that affected numerous sectors around the world, including healthcare organizations, was caused by North Korea, according to Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Bossert...

Healthcare Data Security Attacks Account for 40% of Q3 Incidents

by Elizabeth Snell

Malware and ransomware were top concerns for entities in 2017 Q3, with public and healthcare data security attacks accounting for more than 40 percent of total incidents in that time frame, according to a recent McAfee Labs report. There were...

Healthcare Phishing, Computer Viruses Top Cyber Attack Methods

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should consider increasing their cybersecurity measures as 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, according to research from Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA)....

78% of Providers Report Healthcare Ransomware, Malware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Email is the most likely cause for a data breach, according to recent research, with 78 percent of providers reporting that they experienced a healthcare ransomware or malware attack in the past 12 months. Eighty-seven percent of respondents...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Require HHS Bill of Materials

by Elizabeth Snell

The increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats is pushing organizations to utilize numerous technologies to combat potential dangers. It can often be difficult though to have clear visibility into the hardware or software in those...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the details...

Nuance Restores 75% of Clients After NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Nuance Communications, Inc. stated that it has restored 75 percent of its clients following the NotPetya malware attack it experienced last month. Nuance Healthcare, which offers a transcription platform used by medical...

NCCIC Cautions Multiple Sectors of Recent Malware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Sophisticated malware threats that appear to be leveraging stolen administrative credentials may affect numerous industries, including healthcare, according to a recent National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) warning....

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