Data breaches caused by hacking, so-called IT incidents and unauthorized access are on the rise, with 162% more incidents at healthcare organizations so far in 2017 as there were in all of 2016, according to data from HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.Security experts said that’s because hacking has gotten easier and organizations are now reporting
Pacific Alliance Medical Center’s servers were hit by a ransomware attack in June, and officials said the investigation couldn’t rule out whether patient data was accessed. Los Angeles-based Pacific Alliance Medical Center has disclosed that it was hit by a ransomware attack, potentially breaching protected health information of its patients. On June 14, the hospital
More than 2,000 data breaches have been reported the Department of Health and Human Services since 2009, when the HITECH Act began requiring the agency to post breaches on a public web portal. But a lot has changed since the agency posted that first breach, according to Healthcare Info Security, which analyzed all 2,018 breaches.
It was fascinating to read a Perspectives article in The New England Journal of Medicine, written by two physicians who practice inside the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom It was fascinating to read a Perspectives article in The New England Journal of Medicine, written by two physicians who practice inside the National
he young computer expert who stopped the WannaCry global cyber attack could face decades in a US prison following accusations that he helped create and sell a malicious software that targeted bank accounts. Marcus Hutchins, who saved the NHS from cyber criminals, could face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison in the US
The cybercriminals behind the global WannaCry ransomware attack have finally cashed in the $143,000 — or 52.2 bitcoins — paid by some its victims, according to an online bot tracking payments made to WannaCry hackers. The bitcoin payments made by victims were withdrawn Wednesday night — with the last withdrawal made at 3:25 a.m. Thursday.
If 2016 was a banner year for healthcare data breaches, 2017 is on pace to be just as bad, if not worse. Statistics compiled by several outlets paint a bleak picture of data security across the industry. A midyear report (PDF) published by Protenus counted 233 breach incidents reported to the Department of Health and
It was a disaster, no question, but the West Virginia system found it could have been a lot worse had it not put the right mechanisms in place. When the staff of West Virginia’s Princeton Community Hospital came into work on June 27, they had no idea what awaited them: The health system was one
The biopharma giant is still trying to restore its systems and hasn’t produced bulk product since it was hit by the NotPetya wiper malware on June 27. The June 27 global Petya cyberattack is still wreaking havoc on its victims more than a month later. Biopharma giant Merck is the latest to admit the wiper
In healthcare, unintended disclosure continued to drive the majority of healthcare losses in the first half of 2017, according to Beazley. Hackers never quit. Their ceaseless assault on healthcare has continued during 2017, racking up hit after hit against provider organizations. Ransomware attacks continued their rise in the first half of 2017, up 50 percent