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Europol Warns Nation-States Behind More Ransomware Attacks

September 19, 2018 - The European law enforcement agency Europol is warning that nation-states are increasingly behind ransomware attacks, such as the 2017 WannaCry campaign. The WannaCry ransomware targeted medical devices and caused widespread problems for healthcare organizations, including UK's National Health Service. It cost organizations worldwide $4...


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HMC Says Ransomware Attack Turned Into Healthcare Data Breach

by Fred Donovan

Health Management Concepts (HMC) recently experienced a ransomware attack that quickly turned into a healthcare data breach. In an Aug. 22 letter, attorneys for HMC informed the New Hampshire Attorney General that it discovered on...

Firms Lack Cyber Insurance Despite Healthcare Data Breach Costs

by Fred Donovan

Given the proliferation and cost of healthcare data breaches and ransomware attacks, it is surprising that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have no cyber insurance, according to a survey of security executives by Ovum for...

Cybercriminals Using Innovative GrandCrab for Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

Over the last few months, cybercriminals have begun using the innovative GrandCrab ransomware for their ransomware attacks, according to Fortinet’s Threat Landscape Report Q2 2018. GrandCrab is the first ransomware to accept Dash...

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Net Creator $6M So Far

by Fred Donovan

SamSam ransomware attacks, which have targeted healthcare organizations, has netted its creator $6 million so far, according to a recent report by security firm Sophos. Three-quarters of the victims are based in the United States, and the...

CISOs Stockpile Cryptocurrency in Case of Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

The threat of a ransomware attack has led nearly three-quarters of CISOs to stockpile cryptocurrency to pay cybercriminals, according to survey of 1,700 IT, security, and business leaders in the United States, the UK, and Germany by...

Despite Flashy Attacks, Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Decline

by Fred Donovan

Even with some well-publicized ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations this year, such as Allscripts and LabCorp, healthcare ransomware attacks are on the decline, according to the latest analysis by cybersecurity firm...

Cass Regional Finally Recovers from Devastating Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Cass Regional Medical Center finally has its EHR system back online and is no longer diverting emergency patients to other hospitals a week after it suffered a ransomware attack. The initial attack, reported by the Missouri-based hospital...

Allscripts Wants Ransomware Attack Class-Action Lawsuit Dismissed

by Fred Donovan

EHR vendor Allscripts wants a district court judge in Illinois to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics over the SamSam ransomware attack that encrypted patient data and took...

Cass Diverts Patients, Shuts Down EHR Due to Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri, has diverted trauma and stroke patients and shut down its EHR system due to a ransomware attack, the hospital said in a July 9 statement on its website. Cass became aware of the...

Cybercriminals Move from Ransomware Attacks to Crypto Mining

by Fred Donovan

The cyberthreat landscaping is changing rapidly. For example, ransomware attacks, which have devasted the healthcare industry, are being replaced by cryptocurrency mining attacks among cybercriminals motived by financial gain, according to...

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...

Recent WannaCrypt Ransomware Attack Not Really Ransomware

by Fred Donovan

When you mention the word WannaCry, health IT security folks break into a cold sweat. They remember the havoc that the WannaCry ransomware attack wreaked on the healthcare industry last year. Cybercriminals claiming to be from the...

Healthcare Internet Crimes Cost Victims $925,849 Last Year

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare internet crimes cost victims $925,849 last year, according to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) 2017 Internet Crime Report.  The report includes stats on internet crime complaints received by the...

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...

RISE Ransomware Attack Puts 3,731 Patients at Risk

by Fred Donovan

RISE Wisconsin reported June 7 to OCR that it suffered a ransomware attack in which PHI on 3,731 individuals may have been exposed. In a press release, RISE said that patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and...

Organizations Lack Adequate Budget for Medical Device Security

by Fred Donovan

Despite recognizing medical device security as a priority, only 37 percent of more than 100 healthcare practitioners had budgets to implement their device security strategy, according to a HIMSS survey. Most respondents (85%) said...

Ransomware Attacks Topped List of Cyber Insurance Claims

by Fred Donovan

More than one-quarter of cyber insurance claims received by AIG last year were the result of ransomware attacks, the largest percentage of any cyberattack type, according to the insurance giant’s 2017 cyber insurance claim...

Ransomware Attack Worries Healthcare IT Pros the Most

by Fred Donovan

A ransomware attack is the type of cyberattack that most worries healthcare IT professionals, according to a survey of 102 HIMSS18 attendees by security firm Imperva. Almost 10 percent of those surveyed had paid a ransom or extortion fee,...

Public Server Exposure Creates PHI Data Security Worries for 200K

by Fred Donovan

Unsecured files on a public FTP server maintained by Arkansas-based practice management software provider MedEvolve may have caused a PHI data security breach for more 200,000 patients, reported DataBreaches.net. Most of the patient files...

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