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Week-Long Hack on Vermont Provider Breaches 32,000 Patient Records

December 18, 2018 - Elizabethtown Community Hospital, part of the University of Vermont Health Network, notified about 32,000 patients that their personal health information was breached during an email hack. On October 18, hospital officials discovered an unauthorized user had accessed an employee email account. The password to the account was immediately changed and officials hired a forensics team to...


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Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patients in Georgia

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A ransomware attack on specialist Mind and Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia potentially breached the data of about 16,000 patients. Officials discovered a ransomware attack infected a company server on September 30, a Sunday. The...

Email Error, Lack of Encryption Breaches Nebraska Patient Data

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Fremont, Nebraska-based Prairie Fields Family Medicine is notifying 6,450 patients that their patient data was potentially breached due to an emailing error. An employee inadvertently sent an unencrypted spreadsheet to the wrong email...

Third-Party Vendor Hack Breaches 48,000 Baylor Frisco Patients

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Texas-based Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Frisco is notifying about 47,948 patients or guarantors that their payment information was exposed for a week, after a hack on its third-party vendor’s credit card processing...

Malware Attack Hits University of Maryland Medical System

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The University of Maryland Medical System was hit by a malware attack early Sunday morning, disrupting some IT system functions. According to officials, an outside source attempted to infiltrate the IT systems with a malware virus around...

EMR Vendor Ransomware Attack Impacts 16,000 Patient Records

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California-based Redwood Eye Center notified the California Attorney General of a potential breach caused by a ransomware attack on its EMR hosting vendor IT Lighthouse. The third-party vendor hosts and stores the specialist’s...

20,000 Patients Impacted by Ransomware Attack on Illinois Specialist

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The Center for Vitreo-Retinal Diseases in Illinois recently began notifying 20,371 patients that their data was potentially breached after a ransomware attack in September. On September 18, officials discovered a ransomware attack...

42,000 Records Breached in Cancer Treatment Center Phishing Hack

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center is notifying about 41,948 patients that their personal data was potentially breached by a phishing attack. On September 26, officials discovered an email account was...

Data of 7,000 Tandigm Health Patients Exposed by Site Vulnerability

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Philadelphia-based Tandigm Health recently notified about 7,000 patients that their personal data may have been exposed for more than six months, due to a website vulnerability. On Sept. 25, 2018, Tandigm officials discovered a potential...

DOJ Indicts SamSam Hackers Behind Targeted Ransomware Attacks

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The Department of Justice indicted two Iranian hackers behind the targeted and highly successful SamSam ransomware campaign that has plagued the healthcare sector for several years. The federal prosecutors charged Mohammad Mehdi Shah...

2.65M Atrium Health Patient Records Breached in Third-Party Vendor Hack

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The data of more than 2.65 million Atrium Health patients was breached for a week-long period, due to a cyberattack on the health system’s billing vendor AccuDoc Solutions in September. The North Carolina billing vendor prepares...

176.3 Patient Records Taken in Reported Breaches Since 2009

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Hacking is less common in the healthcare sector than theft and unauthorized disclosure, but those cybercriminals stole more than half of the breached patient records from 2009 to 2017, according to a new JAMA Internal Medicine report. The...

HealthEquity Email Hack Breaches Data of 190K Patients

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An email hack on two employee email accounts potentially breached the personal data of 190,000 HealthEquity customers. HealthEquity provides health savings accounts and similar services to more than 3.4 million individuals. This is the...

Phishing Attack Impacts Health Data of 128K Employees, Patients

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New York Oncology Hematology is notifying 128,400 employees and patients that their patient data may have been breached, after 15 employees fell victim to a phishing campaign in April. The phishing emails were highly targeted, appearing...

Ransomware Attack on May Eye Care Breaches 30K Patient Records

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Pennsylvania-based May Eye Care Center and Associates reported a breach of 30,000 patient records after falling victim to a ransomware attack on July 29. The ransomware infected May Eye Care’s server, compromising its electronic...

Phishing Attacks Breach Data of 42K Florida Patients for 3 Months

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Florida-based Health First notified 42,000 patients that their personal data may have been exposed for three months after several employees fell victim to phishing attacks. The breach was reported to the Department of Health and Human...

Health Data Breach Compromised PHI on 566K CNO Customers

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CNO Financial Group reported to OCR on Oct. 25 that a breach compromised PHI on 566,217 individuals. CNO Financial Group’s largest unit, Bankers’ Life, issued a statement describing the breach. The group discovered...

Ransomware Attack at Iowa Eye Clinic Puts PHI of 40K at Risk

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Iowa-based Jones Eye Clinic suffered a ransomware attack that may have compromised personal data on 40,000 patients, the Sioux City Journal reported Oct. 24. Information that might have been exposed included patient full name, address,...

ERS Online Coding Error Exposes 1.25M Users to Health Data Breach

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The Employee Retirement System (ERS) of Texas reported to OCR on Oct. 15 that information on potentially 1.25 million people may have been exposed in a health data breach. In a statement on its website, ERS explained that a coding error...

PHI on 37K at Risk in Gold Coast Health Plan Phishing Attack

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California-based Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) reported to OCR Oct. 5 that a phishing attack exposed PHI on 37,005 individuals. In a Oct. 8 news release, GCHP said that attackers compromised an employee’s email account,...

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