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MedStar Ransomware Attack Caused by Known Security Flaw

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Last month’s ransomware attack on MedStar Health’s computer systems was from a well-known security vulnerability in an application server, according to an Associated Press article. The ransomware attack occurred after hackers discovered...

Computer Virus Possibly Exposes PHI in Healthcare Data Breach

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Mercy Iowa City, an acute care hospital and regional referral center, recently announced that it experienced a possible healthcare data breach after discovering a computer virus. While Mercy Iowa City did not state how many individuals were affected,...

Ransomware Attack in DC Causes Health Data Breach Concerns

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The FBI is investigating a recent potential ransomware attack at MedStar Health, a healthcare system based in Washington DC and Maryland. According to The Washington Post, MedStar Health officials shut down its email and EHR systems on March...

Ransomware Attack Hits KY Hospital, Patient Files Encrypted

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A Kentucky-based hospital has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, according to Jessica Gavin of WFIE. According to sources at Methodist Hospital, its servers were infected with the Locky ransomware virus, which copies all vital files, encrypts...

Wal-Mart Pharmacy Coding Error Causes Healthcare Data Breach

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Wal-Mart’s online pharmacy suffered a healthcare data breach last month after a software coding error led some customers to be able to view other customers’ data. According to a Reuters report, Wal-Mart underwent a 72-hour period...

Stolen Laptop Leads to Possible Healthcare Data Breach in KS

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Valley Hope Association, a Kansas-based non-profit that provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment, recently announced a data security breach after a work-issued laptop containing patient information was stolen from an employee’s car...

Patient PHI Affected in California Facility Phishing Attack

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A California-based cancer research and treatment center recently announced that some patient PHI may have been compromised in a phishing attack. City of Hope reported on its website that four staff members had their email accounts accessed by...

Phishing Scam Leaks Employee Information at NJ Facility

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Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey recently announced that more than 5,000 employees at some of its facilities may be at the risk of identity theft following a phishing scam that potentially compromised their information. Facilities...

Hollywood Presbyterian Pays $17,000 after Ransomware Attack

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Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) has paid $17,000 after a ransomware attack, which encrypted its EHR and demanded the sum of money in exchange for the encryption key. According to a public statement from the hospital, there is no...

Healthcare Data Breach in CA Caused by Impersonation Scam

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Magnolia Health Corporation (MHC) has reported a potential data breach due to a likely scam that has affected all active MHC employees and its affiliated facilities. According to a public announcement made by MHC, a third-party individual impersonated...

Auditing Company Reports Potential Healthcare Data Breach

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Auditing company Seim Johnson recently reported a potential healthcare data breach that could affect over 30,000 individuals. Nebraska-based Community Hospital might be one of the affected facilities, as it announced earlier this week that it...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

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An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

Potential Medicaid Data Breach for 13K Louisiana Recipients

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The Louisiana Attorney General’s office recently announced that an individual was arrested on Medicaid fraud charges, stemming from stolen Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHCC) information. LHCC explained in a statement on its website...

Improper Disposal Leads to Potential Healthcare Data Breach

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Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP) reported that patient records were found in a recycling dumpster on November 27, 2015. CMHP said it was contacted by law enforcement about the records, and that it immediately sent employees to the recycling...

Centene Healthcare Data Breach Affects 950K Patients

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Centene Corporation announced that it experienced a potential healthcare data breach that may affect approximately 950,000 individuals. Centene reported that there is an ongoing search for six missing hard drives, which were unaccounted for in...

Mont. Facility Reports Healthcare Data Breach Affecting 28K

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Montana-based New West Health Services d/b/a New West Medicare recently reported a potential healthcare data breach following a laptop theft. While the New West announcement did not specify how many individuals were potentially affected, the...

St. Luke’s Cornwall Data Breach Due To Missing Thumb Drive

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St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) reported a potential healthcare data breach after a USB thumb drive was stolen on October 31, 2015. After an investigation, SLCH determined that the thumb drive “appears to have included a file”...

IU Health Arnett Healthcare Data Breach Affects 30K Patients

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In late 2015, the Indiana University Health Arnett (IU Health Arnett) discovered that it fell victim to a healthcare data breach when an unencrypted storage device went missing from its emergency department. According to a hospital statement,...

Potential PHI Data Breach for Child Welfare Agency

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California-based child welfare agency Hillsides notified certain individuals that they may have been the victims of a PHI data breach after an employee sent internal files to a personal email address. Hillsides reported that it became aware of...

Mental Health Record Data Breach for Wis. Clinic

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A Wisconsin counseling center recently reported a data breach that may have exposed mental health records for approximately 500 individuals. Fox River Counseling Center had an “unsecured laptop” stolen on October 23, according to...

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