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OIG Faults Maryland for Inadequate Medicaid Data Security

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The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that Maryland’s Medicaid data security program has failed to secure sensitive data and information systems. An OIG audit released August 14 concluded that numerous, significant...

258K People At Risk in Adams County of Wisconsin Data Breach

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Personal information, including PHI, on 258,120 people was exposed in a data breach of the Adams County, Wisconsin, computer system. The Adams County government said in an August 10 release that the breach involved PII, PHI, and tax...

Healthcare Data Security Angst Drives Biometrics Market Growth

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Concerns about healthcare data security and privacy are fueling rapid growth in the healthcare biometrics market, which is forecast by Verified Market Intelligence to grow at a 19.1 percent CAGR through 2025. The market is expected...

Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Lurk in Philips IntelliSpace System

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ICS-CERT is warning about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in Philips’ IntelliSpace Cardiovascular (ISCV) cardiac image and information management systems that could enable an attacker to escalate privileges on the ISCV server and...

McAfee Uncovers Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Patient Monitors

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McAfee Labs has discovered cybersecurity vulnerabilities in a protocol used by patient monitors to communicate with central monitoring stations. If hackers could exploit the weakness in the RWHAT protocol used by connected medical devices...

Medtronic Criticized for Lax Medical Device Security Response

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Researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan Butts criticized Medtronic’s response to medical device security issues in its products during a presentation at the BlackHat security conference held last week in Las Vegas. The researchers said...

3.15M Records Exposed by 142 Healthcare Data Breaches in Q2 2018

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In the second quarter of 2018, 3.15 million patient records were compromised in 142 healthcare data breaches, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer. A discouraging 30 percent of privacy violations involved repeat offenders,...

ICS-CERT Flags Medtronic Devices for Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

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A Medtronic patient monitor and an insulin pump were flagged this week by ICS-CERT for cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could expose sensitive data to attackers. The Medtronic MyCareLink patient monitor suffers from insufficient...

Court Rejects Review of FTC Actions in LabMD Data Security Case

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A federal appeals court rejected a request by LabMD founder Michael Daugherty for a review of a previous decision that shielded FTC lawyers from allegations that they engaged in unfair enforcement action regarding the now-defunct medical...

Healthcare IT Security Worst of Any Sector With External Threats

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Healthcare IT security is the worst of any sector when it comes to external security posture, according to a recent report by security advisory firm Coalfire. The Coalfire Penetration Risk Report used customer penetration test data...

Man Convicted of DDoS Attack Against Boston Children’s Hospital

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Martin Gottesfeld of Somerville, Massachusetts, was convicted by a federal jury of carrying out a DDoS attack against Boston Children’s Hospital and against Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, the Department of...

SamSam Ransomware Attacks Net Creator $6M So Far

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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...

FBI Warns About Attackers Targeting Internet of Things Devices

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Healthcare organizations are increasingly deploying Internet of Things (IoT) devices to improve employee productivity and patient care. However, those same devices are being targeted by cybercriminals, warned the FBI in an August 2 public...

Accidents Were Most Frequent Cause of Healthcare Data Breaches

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In the second quarter of 2018, the most frequent cause of healthcare data breaches was accidental disclosures, according to incidents reported to the Beazley Breach Response Services team.  Accidental disclosures made up 38 percent...

Phishing Attack Exposes PHI of 1.4M UnityPoint Health Patients

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Iowa-based UnityPoint Health said July 30 that it notified approximately 1.4 million patients of a recent email phishing attack incident that may have compromised their PHI. Patient information that might have...

HHS Leads Federal Agencies in Email Security Implementation

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HHS has secured the most domains of any federal agency as part of the DMARC email security protocol implementation mandated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to a study by email security firm Agari. The Domain-based...

Half of US Adults Are Anxious About Healthcare Data Security

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Around half of US adults (49%) are extremely or very concerned about their healthcare data security, such as diagnoses, health history, and test results, according to a survey of more than 2,000 US adults by The Harris Poll on behalf of...

CMS Would Drop Security Risk Analysis from Interoperability Score

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CMS is proposing that the Protect Patient Health Information objective and its associated measure, security risk analysis, would no longer be scored as a measure but would act as a prerequisite for a participating clinician to earn any...

HHS Fails To Fix Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities, Putting PHI At Risk

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HHS has failed to remedy cybersecurity vulnerabilities in its systems that could put PHI at risk, warned the GAO in a report released July 25. The GAO cited problems at CMS that threaten to compromise Medicare beneficiary data and the...

Up to $150K for Victims of Flowers’ Healthcare Data Breach

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More than 1,200 people could receive up to $150,000 in payments following the tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Alabama-based Flowers Hospital for a 2014 healthcare data breach, TV station WTVY reported on July...

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