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Phishing Attacks

16K Patients Notified Following Phishing Scam in MD Facility

October 19, 2017 - 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, gave email access to an unknown third-party. From there, the attacker logged into the email accounts and re-routed employee paychecks to an unknown...


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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...

St. Mark’s Ransomware Attack Could Affect 33K Patients

by Kate Monica

St. Mark’s Surgery Center, LLC suffered a ransomware attack between April 13 and April 17, 2017 that impacted its server, according to an online statement. On May 8, 2017, a forensics team found evidence the attack potentially affected...

Phishing Attack May Impact PHI of 3.4K at CA Treatment Center

by Kate Monica

City of Hope in California recently suffered a data breach in which four staff member email accounts were accessed by an unauthorized party through an email phishing attack. The cancer research and treatment center employees received the phishing...

Best Practices for Preventing Phishing Attacks, Data Breaches

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

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....

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