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Healthcare Phishing

16K Patients Notified Following Phishing Scam in MD Facility

October 19, 2017 - Maryland-based Chase Brexton Health Care reported that “a number of” its employees fell for a phishing scam between August 2, 2017 and August 3, 2017. Employees received a “bogus” survey via email, which once completed, gave email access to an unknown third-party. From there, the attacker logged into the email accounts and re-routed employee paychecks to an unknown...


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Arkansas Facility Ransomware Attack Potentially Affects 128K

by Elizabeth Snell

Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center recently announced on its website that it experienced a ransomware attack on its computer network on July 26, 2017. An investigation determined that the ransomware had been installed either earlier that...

Neurology Foundation Unauthorized PHI Access Could Affect 12K

by Elizabeth Snell

Rhode Island-based The Neurology Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) recently announced that an employee had been making unauthorized PHI access. The employee had been using a company credit card to make unauthorized purchases, but it was discovered...

Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

by Elizabeth Snell

Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of which...

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

The Anthem data breach from 2015 was a wakeup call for numerous industries, but especially healthcare, showing that phishing attacks can have far reaching effects. A $115 million settlement proposal was announced in June 2017, which would require...

UC Davis Health System Phishing Attack Potentially Impacts 15K

by Kate Monica

On May 15, 2017, UC Davis Health suffered a potential security breach when a phishing email was sent to an employee. Through the phishing email, hackers gained access to the employee’s account and posed as the account owner to send emails...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

50% of Industry Incidents from Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Half of the reported healthcare data security incidents from October 2015 to September 2016 stemmed from healthcare ransomware attacks, according to a recent NTT Security report. The NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report found that...

Healthcare Data Security Incidents Second Highest in 2016

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare continues to lag behind other regulated industries with security measures, according to recent research, with healthcare data security incidents ranking second for the services industry in 2016. Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security...

Potential Ransomware Attack Encrypts Patient Data in KY

by Elizabeth Snell

Kentucky-based Estill County Chiropractic (ECC) recently announced on its website that it had experienced a potential ransomware attack, where an unauthorized user installed malicious software that encrypted patient files. ECC said that it immediately...

2016 Healthcare Data Breaches Largely From Employee Error

by Elizabeth Snell

While the business sector led the way in reported data breaches for 2016, healthcare came in second by accounting for 34.5 percent of overall reported breaches, according to research from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout....

Anthem Data Breach Reportedly Caused by Foreign Nation Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The large-scale cybersecurity attack on Anthem in 2015 that led to 78.8 million consumer records potentially being exposed in a data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker, according to the California Department of Insurance. An investigation...

Healthcare Top Target in Gatak Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare industry is one of the most common victims of the Gatak ransomware attacks, according to research from Symantec. The Gatak Trojan will lead victims to a website that offers key generators for pirated software, and is the majority...

OCR Warns of Phishing Scam to HIPAA Covered Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: OCR released an additional update on November 30 with new details regarding the phishing scam.  Employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates should be aware of an alleged phishing scam that is using Department...

Protect Healthcare Data with User Training, Secure Systems

by Bill Kleyman

As covered entities and business associates of all sizes work to protect healthcare data, there are numerous aspects to consider, especially as cybsecurity threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated.  We often focus on major...

Health IT Leaders Cite Data Theft As Key Cybersecurity Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

Social engineering attacks and data theft are the main cybersecurity concerns when it comes to health IT, according to a recent survey of healthcare chief information and chief information security officers. The College of Healthcare Information...

Phishing Scam Creates Potential Patient Data Exposure in MA

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Baystate Health recently announced that several of its employees had fallen victim to a phishing scam, which potentially exposed the information of approximately 13,000 patients. Baystate learned on August 22, 2016 that five...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge Gaps in Phishing Awareness

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a need for both simulated phishing attacks and question-based evaluations to ensure that healthcare cybersecurity measures are able to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey. The Wombat Beyond the Phish Report found that...

Prevent Healthcare Phishing by Strengthening Employee Training

by Dylan Sachs of BrandProtect

Cyber criminals view the healthcare industry as a prime target. Just this year, we have witnessed hospitals like Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, MedStar Health’s Union Memorial Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland, and Methodist Hospital...

How Rise in Phishing Attacks Affects Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many healthcare organizations and business associates are constantly working to prevent phishing attacks from compromising healthcare data security. Yet, cyberattacks were still the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015 and recent studies...

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