Ransomware

Six Lessons From Boston Childrens Hacktivist Attack

Boston Children’s Hospital CIO Daniel Nigrin, M.D., discussed how the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack his organization endured in 2014 spurred it to action. Most health system CIOs have heard about the 2014 attack on Boston Childrens Hospital by a member or members of the activist hacker group Anonymous. The hospital was forced to

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WannaCry cyber attack cost the NHS 92m as 19,000 appointments cancelled

devastating global cyber attack that crippled computers in hospitals across the UK has cost the NHS 92m, a report from the Department of Health has found.The so-called WannaCry hack, which shut down hundreds of thousands of computers around the world with messages from hackers demanding ransom payments, hit a third of hospital trusts and 8pc

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War Declared on Default Passwords

With at least 20 billion new consumer devices set to be internet-connected by 2020, initiatives in the U.K. and California are trying to ensure that as many IoT devices as possible will be out-of-the-box secure, for starters by not shipping with default passwords.

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Responding to Ransomware Attacks: Critical Elements

VON Canada, the Victorian Order of Nurses – which claims to be Canada’s largest national, not-for-profit home and community care organization – says a ransomware incident that started on Sept. 1 resulted in a systemwide outage.”There is no evidence at this time to indicate that any employee, client or volunteer information was compromised in any

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Ethical hacking: What to look for in a pen tester

Simulated attacks on a healthcare organization can help infosec leaders assess their security posture, but not all pen testers are created equal and not every provider is ready to be tested. Healthcare data breaches increased 70 percent between 2010 and 2017, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Bupa Fined 175,000 After Stolen Data Surfaces on Dark Web

The Information Commissioner’s Office didn’t hold back in its criticism of Bupa. The ICO says that three months after the incident was discovered, Bupa had still failed to ensure that rogue employees couldn’t exfiltrate personal data (see Insurer Bupa Blames Breach on Rogue Employee).

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Phishing in the healthcare industry: What you need to know

Over the past few years, weve seen a huge rise in the volume of cyber attacks targeting healthcare organizations.And thats not surprising. For starters, healthcare organizations are renowned for having low-security budgets, making them an easy target for cyber criminals. Add that to the fact healthcare records are more valuable on the black market than

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Hospitals Fined $1 Million After TV Crews Film Patients

The cases at the center of the Department of Health and Human Services’ settlements with Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s hospitals – both owned by Partners Healthcare – and Boston Medical Center are similar to another case in 2016.In the 2016 incident, HHS’s Office for Civil Rights entered a $2.2 million settlement with New

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Independence Blue Cross reports data breach affecting 17,000 members

A major Philadelphia insurer is warning 17,000 members their health information may have been compromised as part of a data breach resulting from employee error.After launching an investigation in July, Independence Blue Cross determined that an employee uploaded a file containing member information to a public-facing website. The document was accessible between April 23 and

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