Ransomware

2018 Cybersecurity prediction: Extortion attempts, ransomware will proliferate

For about two years, the healthcare industry has come up against some major cyber threats. Ransomware especially has proven problematic — along with being a nuisance — as it can shut down entire systems and disrupt care. This year saw the rise of wiper malware or ransomworms, where viruses masquerading as ransomware destroyed complete networks,

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If hackers attacked the hospital

NETWORKED “SMART” devices are poised to revolutionize health care, from infusion pumps that provide essential safety checks for the medications they deliver to multimillion-dollar robots that allow for more precise surgery and Bluetooth-connected pacemakers. But with these new opportunities come new risks — especially in a vulnerable setting such as a hospital. This was brought

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CSO Offers New Models to Battle Phishing Attacks

A presentation on new models to battle email phishing leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. In the Security Report, you’ll hear (click on player beneath image to listen): Excerpts from Aetna Global Security Chief Security Officer Jim Routh’s presentation on a model-driven cybersecurity approach to mitigate phishing attacks from the ISMG Healthcare

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4 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Bounce Back from Ransomware

With the advent of ever-evolving cyberthreat vectors, such as the WannaCry worm, ransomware attacks that are hitting hospitals at an increased rate, healthcare organizations are more vulnerable than ever to attack. But even as healthcare organization IT teams begin to tighten security, implement effective best practices and training, and bring in new suites of security

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No. 1 Patient Safety Threat? Ransomware, Cyberattacks

While dirty hospital mattresses and the failure to properly disinfect medical gear are among top safety risks posed to patients, ransomware and other cyberattacks will pose even bigger threats to patients in 2018, according to the ECRI Institute. The non-profit patient safety research organization named ransomware and cybersecurity threats as the No. 1 health technology

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Ransomware attack calls unlikely hero to action: Your neighborhood HIE

Erie County Medical Center saga shows why working with your local health information exchange on disaster recovery and business continuity plans can keep you operational, even when your data is encrypted by hackers. On Sunday morning, April 9, at about 11 a.m., Daniel Porreca received the kind of text message no one wants: Erie County

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Postmortem Finds NHS ‘Could Have Prevented’ WannaCry

The National Health Service in England should have been able to block the “unsophisticated” WannaCry ransomware outbreak that hit the world in May, government auditors say. But the failure of so many NHS trusts and organizations to block WannaCry means that unless substantial cybersecurity improvements get made, the NHS will remain easy pickings for online

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Petya cyberattack cost Merck $135 million in revenue

Third-quarter revenue for the global pharma giant was drastically reduced in part by the temporary production shutdown, higher demand than planned and lost sales in certain markets due to the virus. Global pharma giant Merck is still suffering the lingering effects of falling victim to the global Petya/NotPetya attack that devastated industries around the globe

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Ransomware in Healthcare: Time for Vigilance

As organizations combat BadRabbit, the latest global ransomware campaign, healthcare entities in the U.S. should monitor the situation and take preventive measures to avoid becoming the next potential victim of any emerging malware, experts advise.

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New WannaCry variant takes down North Carolina provider

The computer network of Pinehurst-based FirstHealth of the Carolinas was shut down by a new form of WannaCry last week. The health system detected the virus on Tuesday afternoon, and the organization took its system offline while it attempted to remove the malware from its system, according to FirstHealth’s alert. FirstHealth’s staff initiated its downtime

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