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Potential WV Health Data Breach from Laptop Theft Affects 43K

January 11, 2018 - West Virginia-based Coplin Health Systems recently reported a possible health data breach after it discovered that a laptop potentially containing personal health information was stolen. The device was stolen from an employee’s automobile on or about November 2, 2017, the notification letter said, which was signed by Coplin Health Systems CEO Derek Snyder. The laptop was password protected...


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Kathryn Marchesini Named New ONC Chief Privacy Officer

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced through an internal email that Katheryn Marchesini, JD, had been appointed to the ONC Chief Privacy Officer position. National Coordinator Donald Rucker, MD explained that Marchesini is an...

29K Impacted by SSM Health Data Breach from Unauthorized Access

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St. Louis, Missouri-based SSM Health recently reported that it experienced a potential data breach after an employee accessed patient records without authorization. The access occurred between February 13, 2017 and October 20, 2017 when the employee...

Ransomware Attack Raises Health Data Security Worry for 2.6K

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Columbus, Nebraska-based Eye Physicians, P.C. experienced a ransomware attack on October 7, 2017 that encrypted files on some of its servers. The organization was able to immediately restore servers through a backup, it explained in an online...

PA Security Breach from Missing External Hard Drive Affects 4.1K

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Pennsylvania-based Washington Health System (WHS) Greene recently announced that a missing external hard drive has created security breach concerns at the organization. The device was for the Bone Densitometry machine and contained certain patient...

Unauthorized Server Access Creates Data Security Concern for 47K

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Carl Albert State College (CASC) is re-notifying certain individuals of unauthorized server access from 2016 that may create data security concerns. CASC explained in an online statement that the server was accessed on April 7, 2016. It...

Healthcare Ransomware Attacks Contribute to 2017 Top Data Breaches

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With the majority of healthcare providers reporting that they were impacted by a healthcare ransomware attack in the past 12 months, it is not surprising that nine out of the 10 largest breaches reported to OCR in 2017 were caused by hacking...

Henry Ford Health System PHI Data Breach Affects 18K

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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...

12K Affected in ShopRite Supermarkets Data Security Incident

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ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. announced that the Kingston, New York ShopRite experienced a data security incident that potentially put personal and medical information of customers at risk. A pharmacy device that captured signatures was inadvertently...

PHI of 9.5K Possibly Compromised in WI Healthcare Phishing Attack

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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...

Catholic Charities Healthcare Cyberattack Impacts 4.6K

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Catholic Charities announced that its Glens Falls office experienced a healthcare cyberattack on a server containing information of approximately 4,600 current and former clients and several employees. Unauthorized software was discovered on...

Data Backups Aid in Ransomware Attack Recovery for KS Agency

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East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) said in an online statement that it was the victim of a ransomware attack on September 5, 2017, leaving files encrypted and inaccessible. ECKAAA said it immediately hired a cybersecurity company...

Computer Theft Raises Health Data Security Concerns for 8K

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Brevard Physician Associates announced on its website that it was burglarized on September 4, 2017, raising possible health data security concerns for 7,976 patients. The Melbourne, Florida-based facility stated that it was notified on September...

New WannaCry Malware Strain Affects FirstHealth Computer Network

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FirstHealth of the Carolinas announced on its website that a new version of the WannaCry malware strain forced the organization to shut down its information system network. A statement posted on October 20, 2017 said that FirstHealth’s...

Healthcare Identity, Access Management Center of Imprivata Deal

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Imprivata recently acquired the Identity and Access Management Business of Caradigm, according to a press release. The move should help healthcare identity and access management specifically, with a focus on reducing security risks and operational...

16K Patients Notified Following Phishing Scam in MD Facility

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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,...

Kromtech Security Discovers Health Data Breach of 150K Patients

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Kromtech Security researchers found a potential publicly accessible Amazon S3 repository that may have led to a health data breach impacting over 150,000 individuals, according to a company report. “Patient Home Monitoring” is...

Arkansas Facility Ransomware Attack Potentially Affects 128K

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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

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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

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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...

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