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Phishing Attacks

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

July 26, 2017 - The Anthem data breach from 2015 was a wakeup call for numerous industries, but especially healthcare, showing that phishing attacks can have far reaching effects. A $115 million settlement proposal was announced in June 2017, which would require Anthem to guarantee a certain level of funding for information security. The provider would also need to implement or maintain data security system...


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UC Davis Health System Phishing Attack Potentially Impacts 15K

by Kate Monica

On May 15, 2017, UC Davis Health suffered a potential security breach when a phishing email was sent to an employee. Through the phishing email, hackers gained access to the employee’s account and posed as the account owner to send emails...

PHI Security of 20K Possibly Affected from RI Laptop Theft

by Kate Monica

On February 25, 2017, Lifespan Corporation suffered a possible healthcare data breach in which an employee’s laptop was stolen. The theft occurred when an individual broke into an employee’s car and stole several items, including...

Verizon Finds Phishing Attacks, Malware Top Data Breach Causes

by Elizabeth Snell

Increased propriety research, prototypes, and amounts of confidential personal data have all helped fuel cyberespionage attacks, such as phishing attacks, according to a recent Verizon report. There was also a 50 percent increase in ransomware...

Potential Ransomware Attack Encrypts Patient Data in KY

by Elizabeth Snell

Kentucky-based Estill County Chiropractic (ECC) recently announced on its website that it had experienced a potential ransomware attack, where an unauthorized user installed malicious software that encrypted patient files. ECC said that it immediately...

Anthem Data Breach Reportedly Caused by Foreign Nation Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

The large-scale cybersecurity attack on Anthem in 2015 that led to 78.8 million consumer records potentially being exposed in a data breach was caused by a foreign nation attacker, according to the California Department of Insurance. An investigation...

OCR Warns of Phishing Scam to HIPAA Covered Entities

by Elizabeth Snell

UPDATE: OCR released an additional update on November 30 with new details regarding the phishing scam.  Employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates should be aware of an alleged phishing scam that is using Department...

Phishing Scam Creates Potential Patient Data Exposure in MA

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Baystate Health recently announced that several of its employees had fallen victim to a phishing scam, which potentially exposed the information of approximately 13,000 patients. Baystate learned on August 22, 2016 that five...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Knowledge Gaps in Phishing Awareness

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a need for both simulated phishing attacks and question-based evaluations to ensure that healthcare cybersecurity measures are able to protect sensitive data, according to a recent survey. The Wombat Beyond the Phish Report found that...

Prevent Healthcare Phishing by Strengthening Employee Training

by Dylan Sachs of BrandProtect

Cyber criminals view the healthcare industry as a prime target. Just this year, we have witnessed hospitals like Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, MedStar Health’s Union Memorial Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland, and Methodist Hospital...

How Rise in Phishing Attacks Affects Healthcare Data Security

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Many healthcare organizations and business associates are constantly working to prevent phishing attacks from compromising healthcare data security. Yet, cyberattacks were still the top cause of healthcare data breaches in 2015 and recent studies...

How to Protect Your Entity from Healthcare Phishing Attacks

by Lysa Myers of ESET

We read with horror about healthcare organizations getting hacked, spilling personal health details that no one wants to find dumped out onto the public internet. The origins of these attacks are all-too-frequently healthcare phishing attacks,...

Phishing Scam Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach in WY

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Wyoming Medical Center has reported on their website a potential healthcare data breach due to a phishing scam. Approximately 3,184 individuals were notified by the medical center that their PHI may have been accessed by an unauthorized user....

Healthcare Ransomware Cases Highlight Security Needs

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare ransomware issues continue to be reported, causing many industry stakeholders to refer to this type of cyber attack as one of the top concerns for 2016. Ransomware is a type of malware that typically prevents an organization from accessing...

More Hospitals Affected by Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

by Elizabeth Snell

It seems that healthcare ransomware attacks is not an issue that will disappear anytime soon, as two more hospitals recently reported that they were victims of this type of cyberattack. San Diego, California-based Alvarado Hospital Medical Center...

Understanding Ransomware and Healthcare Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Ransomware is quickly becoming a popular topic when it comes to healthcare data security, and covered entities and their business associates should take notice of this latest threat to sensitive information. No organization should assume that...

Patient PHI Affected in California Facility Phishing Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

A California-based cancer research and treatment center recently announced that some patient PHI may have been compromised in a phishing attack. City of Hope reported on its website that four staff members had their email accounts accessed by...

Phishing Scam Leaks Employee Information at NJ Facility

by Elizabeth Snell

Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey recently announced that more than 5,000 employees at some of its facilities may be at the risk of identity theft following a phishing scam that potentially compromised their information. Facilities...

More DDoS Attacks Show Need for Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

Distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks are up during the third quarter of 2015, reinforcing the healthcare industry’s growing concern for healthcare data security. According to an assessment performed by Akamai, all industries concerned...

Visual Hacking Poses a New Healthcare Data Security Threat

by Sara Heath

Although the healthcare data security industry is heavily investing in precautionary measures on their technical devices, they are missing a less sophisticated gap in their security efforts: visual hacking. According to 3M, visual hacking is...

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