Ransomware

Why Healthcare Is A Top Target For Hackers

The healthcare field is currently in a precarious position. New technologies promise to improve care and increase the success of outcomes with far greater consistency. But those same technologies create vulnerabilities and invite cyberthreats that put every one of those agendas in jeopardy. U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights believes the final

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Aetna Breach Case Gets Messier

And while two new legal battles related to the breach incident begin to play out in federal courts, some experts say the case is offering early lessons to covered entities and business associates about the importance of good vendor management practices. “This current litigation playing out between Aetna and its contractors should serve as the

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Malware incident discovered in May, 2017 affected 2,600 patients

Partners HealthCare System, whose hospitals include Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s, revealed today that it had discovered a malware attack in May, 2017 that may have exposed 2,600 patients’ information. They learned of the problem on May 8, but because data was mixed in with code, numbers, other data, and unformatted, it took them

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Allscripts Lawsuit: What Makes It Different?

A class action lawsuit filed against Allscripts in the wake of a ransomware attack that recently disrupted patient care at hundreds of healthcare practices will spotlight a variety of critical security and legal issues, says attorney Steven Teppler. “This is not your father’s data breach case,” says Teppler, a member of the attorney team representing

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Allscripts Ransomware Attack: Lawsuit Already Filed

A week after Allscripts was hit with a ransomware attack that disrupted patient care services of hundreds of its healthcare clients, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the cloud-based electronic health records vendor for allegedly “failing to secure its systems and data from cyberattacks, including ransomware attacks.”

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Ransomware Outlook: 542 Crypto-Lockers and Counting

“From a business standpoint, the biggest threat, especially at the end of last year, was ransomware,” says Adam Kujawa, director of malware intelligence at security firm Malwarebytes. One measure of the problem is the many different types of ransomware available to would-be cybercriminals, be they based in their parents’ basement or part of a larger

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Healthcare on High Alert: The Evolution of Samsam Ransomware

Two years ago, we alerted our readers to two new ransomware variants: Samsam and Maktub Locker. Interestingly, both ransomware variants were “self-contained”—without the need to “call home” via a command and control server. “Maktub” reportedly translates into “it is written” or “it is fate.” But, the meaning of “Samsam” less certain. In certain languages, “Samsam”

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