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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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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 some...

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 they used...

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 statistics. AIG...

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, while...

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 on...

Older Healthcare OSes Open to Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry is the slowest industry in upgrading to Windows 10, meaning that many in healthcare are running older versions of Windows more susceptible to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to the latest data from Duo Security....

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...

Cyberattackers Exploiting Weaknesses in Healthcare Data Security

by Fred Donovan

Cyberattackers are exploiting inherent weaknesses in healthcare data security, making the sector the most targeted industry in the first quarter of 2018, according to Rapid7’s quarterly threat report released May 15. The Rapid7 research...

Healthcare Data Security Programs Get Short Shrift in IT Budgets

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare data security programs continue to be underfunded and understaffed, a Black Book Market Research cybersecurity survey of close to 2,500 healthcare security professionals found. Almost all of the respondents agreed that cyberattackers...

Healthcare Providers Score High on Ransomware Attack Mitigation

by Fred Donovan

Researchers have found that healthcare providers are doing a good job of implementing recommendations in the ONC SAFER Guides’ contingency planning guide, which was updated last year to incorporate strategies for ransomware attack mitigation....

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...

Helping Struggling Hospitals Recover from Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

The biggest cybersecurity issue for hospitals is response and recovery from ransomware attacks, observed Fernando Martinez, senior vice president and chief digital officer at the Texas Hospital Association and president/CEO of Texas Hospital...

Top 5 Healthcare Data Security, Infrastructure Threats

by Bill Kleyman

We’ve had the chance to discuss all of the amazing new solutions and technologies impacting the healthcare world, as well as healthcare data security. We know that IoT, telemedicine, and new healthcare services are all affecting the...

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Focus on Victims Who Will Pay Up

by Fred Donovan

Cybercriminals carrying out SamSam ransomware attacks, which have been identified by HHS as posing a significant threat to healthcare organizations this year, focus on victims that are most likely to pay to get their data back, such as hospitals,...

House Wants Advice on Easing Device Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

by Fred Donovan

The House Energy and Commerce Committee wants public input on how to reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities in legacy healthcare IT systems and medical devices. Citing the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack that exploited a flaw in a 30-year software...

Medical Device Security Should Be Focus for Healthcare Providers

by Fred Donovan

While ransomware attacks on hospitals have caught the headlines, medical device security and supply chain risk should be of greater concern to healthcare providers, according to a recent report by Trend Micro and HITRUST entitled Securing Connected...

SamSam Ransomware Attackers Target Healthcare Providers

by Fred Donovan

So far this year, there have been at least eight cyberattacks on healthcare and government organizations employing the SamSam ransomware, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a report released March 30. SamSam ransomware...

Healthcare Industry Worst in Stopping Insider Data Breaches

by Fred Donovan

The healthcare industry is the worst when it comes to stopping insider data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released April 10. The report found that the healthcare industry was the only sector...

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