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120,000 Health Alliance Patients Impacted by Wolverine Breach

March 6, 2019 - Health Alliance Plan is notifying about 120,000 patients that their personal and medical data was potentially breached after a ransomware attack on its third-party vendor Wolverine Solutions Group in September. According to Wolverine’s notice, the vendor fell victim to a ransomware attack on September 25. The malware encrypted many of the vendor’s records, rendering those...


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Senator Asks AMA, HIMSS How to Improve Healthcare Cybersecurity

by Jessica Davis

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, is calling on some of the healthcare sector’s biggest stakeholders to share what they are doing to prevent cyberattacks and how those efforts can be supported by the government. The letter was sent to...

Europol, Bitdefender Share GandCrab Ransomware Decryption Tool

by Jessica Davis

The No More Ransom campaign released a decryption tool for the newest GandCrab ransomware variant, one of the most notorious ransomware families that has hit the healthcare sector hard in the last year. The decryptor was developed in...

Ransomware Attacks Classified as a Felony Under Proposed Maryland Bill

by Jessica Davis

Hackers who launch ransomware attacks would face felony charges and stiffer penalties under recent legislation proposed by Maryland state Senators and cross-filed with House members. The bill directly names hackers who attempt to...

Notorious Ryuk Ransomware Adds Trojans to Cyberattack Method

by Jessica Davis

Ryuk ransomware – which pummeled the healthcare sector in the fall – has added Emotet and Trickbot trojans to its attack method, to gain access into a network, according to new research from FireEye and CrowdStrike. The...

Ransomware Attack Impacts EHR of Rhode Island Provider

by Jessica Davis

Rhode Island-based Thundermist Health Center was hit by a ransomware attack early Thursday, impacting some patient care. According to its website, officials acted quickly to contain the attack and were able to protect patient data and...

DOJ Indicts SamSam Hackers Behind Targeted Ransomware Attacks

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Justice indicted two Iranian hackers behind the targeted and highly successful SamSam ransomware campaign that has plagued the healthcare sector for several years. The federal prosecutors charged Mohammad Mehdi Shah...

Weekend Ransomware Attack Interrupts Care at 2 Ohio Hospitals

by Jessica Davis

Patients needing emergency care were diverted away from East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center over the weekend due to a ransomware attack. Officials confirmed the attack began on Friday night and continued into...

Ransomware Attack on May Eye Care Breaches 30K Patient Records

by Jessica Davis

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 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...

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