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LabCorp’s Network Security Breach May Have Exposed PHI of Millions

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After recently dodging a legal bullet over an alleged HIPAA violation, LabCorp is now facing a network security breach that forced the North Carolina-based laboratory diagnostics firm to shut down its IT network, possibly placing PHI of...

Patient Safety Concerns Driving Medical Device Security Investment

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Medical device security and patient data privacy are two of the areas in which the healthcare industry is investing to curb the costs of adverse patient safety events, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan. Other areas of...

Allscripts Wants Ransomware Attack Class-Action Lawsuit Dismissed

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EHR vendor Allscripts wants a district court judge in Illinois to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by Florida-based Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics over the SamSam ransomware attack that encrypted patient data and took...

Health Plan Victims of Healthcare Data Breaches Surge 1,000%

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The total number of individuals impacted by healthcare data breaches at health plans surged by more than 1,000 percent in the first five months of 2018, according to Fortified Health Security’s 2018 Mid-Year Horizon Report. Health...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries

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In their 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Report, IBM and the Ponemon Institute found that healthcare data breach costs average $408 per record, the highest of any industry for the eighth straight year and nearly three times higher than the...

Children’s Mercy Faces Lawsuit Over Healthcare Data Breach

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A class action lawsuit was filed this week against Kansas City, Missouri-based Children’s Mercy Hospital in response to a healthcare data breach that affected more than 60,000 individuals earlier this year, the Kansas City Star...

Insider Health Data Security Threats Bigger Concern than External

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Many healthcare professionals are more concerned about insider threats to health data security than external breaches, according to a survey by HIMSS on behalf of SailPoint. There is an acute level of concern about the threats posed...

Cass Diverts Patients, Shuts Down EHR Due to Ransomware Attack

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Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Missouri, has diverted trauma and stroke patients and shut down its EHR system due to a ransomware attack, the hospital said in a July 9 statement on its website. Cass became aware of the...

CHIME Says Healthcare Cybersecurity Should Be Innovation Focus

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Healthcare cybersecurity should be one focus area of a public-private workgroup that HHS is suggesting to examine healthcare innovation and investment, argued the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in its...

Connected Medical Device Security Increasing Healthcare Worry

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Medical device security will become an increasing concern for healthcare organizations, particularly as more of these devices are connected to the Internet, internal networks, and Wi-Fi, predicted a new report by Transparency Market...

Vulnerable APIs Could Be Used to Execute a Healthcare Data Breach

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Application programming interfaces (APIs) will be exploited more by hackers to gain access to healthcare organizations and execute a healthcare data breach or other type of cyberattack, according to the June 2018 HIMSS Healthcare and...

Cybercriminals Move from Ransomware Attacks to Crypto Mining

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The cyberthreat landscaping is changing rapidly. For example, ransomware attacks, which have devasted the healthcare industry, are being replaced by cryptocurrency mining attacks among cybercriminals motived by financial gain, according to...

Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Afflict Medtronic Heart Monitor

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The Medtronic MyCareLink handheld patient monitor, used for patients with an implantable heart device, suffers from a number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to gain access to the operating system and product...

Cybercriminals Target Hospitals with SamSam Ransomware Attacks

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Cybercriminals increased their SamSam (aka SAMSA) ransomware attacks against the healthcare sector in the first quarter of 2018, with numerous cases reported of hospitals paying the ransom to regain access to their systems, according...

Recent WannaCrypt Ransomware Attack Not Really Ransomware

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When you mention the word WannaCry, health IT security folks break into a cold sweat. They remember the havoc that the WannaCry ransomware attack wreaked on the healthcare industry last year. Cybercriminals claiming to be from the...

Healthcare Internet Crimes Cost Victims $925,849 Last Year

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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...

Top 10 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Healthcare CISOs

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Faced with an onslaught of threats these days, healthcare chief information security officers (CISOs) need to take a deep breath and focus on cybersecurity best practices. The number and frequency of these threats—ransomware,...

Siemens Flags Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in RAPID Blood-Gas Analyzers

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Siemens Healthineers is warning about two cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting its RAPID blood-gas analyzers that could enable attackers to compromise the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the devices.  The...

Cryptocurrency Mining Tops Ransomware Attacks as New Cyberthreat

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While ransomware attacks continue to preoccupy the minds of healthcare IT security pros, a new threat is emerging—cryptocurrency mining. Not as devastating as ransomware, cryptocurrency mining malware can still degrade system...

Natus Plugs 8 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in EEG Software

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Natus Medical has updated its NeuroWorks software to plug eight cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could enable an attacker to get control of the Natus Xltek electroencephalogram (EEG) device and crash it, according to a June 14 ICS-CERT...

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