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Catholic Charities Healthcare Cyberattack Impacts 4.6K

November 16, 2017 - 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 the server during compute security upgrades, the organization said in its online statement. The incident was discovered on August 30, 2017, with a forensic...


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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...

Top 3 Health Data Breaches Impact Nearly 1.5M Individuals

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Hacking and IT security issues, including phishing scams and ransomware attacks, are still the leading causes for the largest health data breaches in 2017, according to data from OCR. The three largest incidents thus far – two of which...

CO Hospital Email Breach Possibly Exposes PHI of 3.4K Families

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Children’s Hospital Colorado recently informed patients of a potential security breach possibly affecting the PHI of nearly 3,400 patient families. On July 11, 2017, Children’s Colorado discovered an employee’s email account...

Ransomware Attack May Impact 19K Oncology Hematology Patients

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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...

MI Computer System Health Data Breach May Involve Data of 106K

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In March of 2017, Michigan-based McLaren Medical Group (MMG) learned its computer system had been accessed by an unauthorized party, leading to a health data breach, according to an MMG statement issued to HealthITSecurity.com. The accessed system...

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

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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

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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...

PHI of 4.7K Ohio Patients Affected by Unauthorized EHR Access

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  The Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care (DDC) at UC Health recently suffered an instance of unauthorized EHR access, potentially affecting patient PHI security. On June 2, 2017, the UC Health Privacy Office learned that an employee...

Ransomware Attack May Affect 10K Plastic Surgery Patients

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On February 12, 2017, Plastic Surgery Associates of South Dakota discovered its health IT systems had experienced a ransomware attack. The healthcare organization immediately attempted to remove the ransomware from the infected servers and decrypt...

Anthem Vendor Reports Potential Data Breach Affecting 18K

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An Anthem vendor recently announced that it suffered a potential data breach that could impact 18,580 Medicare members. LaunchPoint Ventures, LLC (LaunchPoint) is a Medicare insurance coordination services vendor. The organization learned on...

Tewksbury Hospital PHI Data Breach Threatens 1K Patients

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Massachusetts-based Tewksbury Hospital recently discovered evidence of an incident of unauthorized EHR access potentially creating a PHI data breach. In April of 2017, a former Tewksbury Hospital patient stated an unauthorized individual may...

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