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Children’s Mercy Hospital Phishing Attack Impacts PHI of 60K

July 5, 2018 - A phishing attack targeting employees at Missouri-based Children’s Mercy Hospital may have compromised PHI on more than 60,000 individuals, the Kansas City Star reported July 3. The information possibly accessed by hackers included patient names, medical record numbers, dates of hospital stays and procedures, diagnoses and conditions, and other clinical information. "The hospital...


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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 center...

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...

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...

Reported Kansas PHI Data Breach Could Involve Info of 11K

by Elizabeth Snell

An unauthorized email from a Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) employee was sent to a group of business associates, which created a possible PHI data breach, according to a KDADS online statement. KDADS became aware...

OCR Highlights 8 Tips for Avoiding Healthcare Phishing Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated, which is why organizations must remain vigilant in their detection measures, OCR explained in its recent cybersecurity newsletter. Hackers can take advantage of popular holidays to...

Decatur County General EMR Security Incident Impacts 24K

by Elizabeth Snell

Tennessee-based Decatur County General Hospital experienced an EMR security incident when unauthorized software was installed on the server the EMR vendor supports on the organization’s behalf. Decatur County received a security incident...

78% of Healthcare Workers Lack Data Privacy, Security Preparedness

by Elizabeth Snell

Improved data privacy and security employee training programs will greatly benefit healthcare organizations as they work to keep pace against evolving cybersecurity threats, according to recent research. Seventy percent of employees in numerous...

Prevent Healthcare Phishing with Employee Security Training

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing a strong employee security training program is consistently noted as a key way for covered entities to prevent healthcare phishing attacks. Organizations of all sizes need to ensure that staff members can recognize malicious emails...

67% of CISOs Believe a Cybersecurity Attack Will Happen in 2018

by Elizabeth Snell

CISOs are increasingly concerned about the likelihood of falling victim to a cybersecurity attack, with 67 percent reporting that they think their organization will face that type of data breach in 2018, according to a recent survey. Conducted...

Remaining Vigilant Against Increasing Healthcare Ransomware Threats

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare ransomware attacks increased by 89 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to recent research from Cryptonite. Furthermore, one-quarter of all IT/hacking events reported to OCR in 2017 were attributed to ransomware incidents. Gathering...

Healthcare Phishing, Computer Viruses Top Cyber Attack Methods

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should consider increasing their cybersecurity measures as 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, according to research from Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA)....

Henry Ford Health System PHI Data Breach Affects 18K

by Elizabeth Snell

Henry Ford Health System experienced a PHI data breach after an unauthorized individual gained access to or stole a group of employees’ email accounts, according to an online statement from the organization. Henry Ford said it is notifying...

NH-ISAC Calls for Improved Healthcare Email Security Practices

by Elizabeth Snell

Nearly all top healthcare providers – 98 percent – have not implemented Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC), which could lead to healthcare email security issues, according to a recent survey....

PHI of 9.5K Possibly Compromised in WI Healthcare Phishing Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) announced that it suffered a healthcare phishing attack and that certain PHI may have been affected as it was in the accessed employee email accounts. An investigation and manual document review showed that...

16K Patients Notified Following Phishing Scam in MD Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

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,...

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...

Cyberattacks Threaten Thousands of Patient Health Records

by Kate Monica

A part of smaller specialty practices have allegedly suffered cyberattacks at the hands of the same team of hackers.* Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the hacking incidents as ransomware attacks. TheDarkOverlord...

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...

Ransomware Attack May Impact 19K Oncology Hematology Patients

by Kate Monica

On June 17, 2017, Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA suffered a ransomware attack potentially impacting some patient EHRs on the practice’s server and computer workstations, according to an online statement. The potentially affected...

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