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Ransomware Attack on May Eye Care Breaches 30K Patient Records

November 15, 2018 - Pennsylvania-based May Eye Care Center and Associates reported a breach of 30,000 patient records after falling victim to a ransomware attack on July 29. The ransomware infected May Eye Care’s server, compromising its electronic health record system. The breach included patient data like names, dates of birth, addresses, medical diagnoses, treatment details, clinical notes and...


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Health Data Breach Compromised PHI on 566K CNO Customers

by Fred Donovan

CNO Financial Group reported to OCR on Oct. 25 that a breach compromised PHI on 566,217 individuals. CNO Financial Group’s largest unit, Bankers’ Life, issued a statement describing the breach. The group discovered...

Healthcare Makes Up One-Quarter of SamSam Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare organizations have accounted for one-quarter of SamSam ransomware attack victims so far this year, said security firm Symantec in a recent blog post.  In total, 67 different organizations across sectors have been...

Ransomware Attack at Iowa Eye Clinic Puts PHI of 40K at Risk

by Fred Donovan

Iowa-based Jones Eye Clinic suffered a ransomware attack that may have compromised personal data on 40,000 patients, the Sioux City Journal reported Oct. 24. Information that might have been exposed included patient full name, address,...

Healthcare Continues To Bear the Brunt of Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare remains the most targeted industry by ransomware attacks, which have spiked in the third quarter of 2018, according to latest data from specialist insurer Beazley. Ransom demands in the most sophisticated type of breaches also...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Is a Top Safety Issue for Hospital Pros

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare cybersecurity was listed as one of the top safety issues for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, behind severe weather and active shooter incidents, according to a survey of 300 healthcare safety professionals by Rave...

Remote Access System Hacking Is No. 1 Patient Safety Risk

by Fred Donovan

Hackers attacking healthcare through remote access systems and disrupting operations is the number one patient safety risk, according to the ECRI Institute’s annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2019. ECRI Institute said it...

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...

Europol Warns Nation-States Behind More Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

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...

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...

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