Ransomware

Hackers Are Not Natural Disasters Or Acts Of God

Data breaches are unfortunately becoming more and more common as the never-ending march toward digital transformation carries on while picking up pace. No other sector is as directly impacted by breaches than health care as medical records are considered an order of magnitude more valuable than even credit cards.Existing security measures as we all know

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Mental Health Provider Pays Ransom to Recover Data

Rochester, Minnesota-based Associates in Psychiatry & Psychology says in a notification statement that on March 31, it discovered that some of its computers containing patient data had been accessed remotely and encrypted by attackers.A separate FAQ document posted on the practice’s website notes that “hackers from Eastern Europe” encrypted all the data files on the

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Phishing hack on Ohio provider breaches data of 42,000 patients for a month

A hacker hit some email accounts of Aultman Health Foundation with a phishing attack in February, but officials didnt discover the breach until March 28. A phishing attack on Ohio-based Aultman Health Foundation potentially breached the data of 42,600 patients of its AultWorks occupational medicine division, hospital and 25 physician practices for more than a

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Minnesota ransomware attack shows the right way to handle breach response

While only about 6,500 patients were impacted by a cyberattack on Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology in March, the provider’s transparency in its breach notification is a valuable example for other organizations. Minnesota-based Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology is notifying 6,546 of its patients that their data may have been breached after a ransomware attack

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Malware Attacks: A Tale of Two Healthcare Incidents

Two recently disclosed malware attacks in the healthcare sector illustrate that detection and mitigation of such attacks can be rapid, or it can take many months. The bigger of the two incidents – impacting nearly 539,000 patients – was a malware attack on LifeBridge Health that occurred in September 2016 but was not discovered until

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Twitter: We Goofed; Change Your Password Now

Users would be at risk if a hacker penetrated Twitter’s internal systems and obtained the log. But Twitter doesn’t believe that the data has been misused or has left its systems, says Parag Agrawal, the company’s CTO, in a Thursday blog post detailing the password flub.Nonetheless, the company is recommending a password reset for its

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KRACK Wi-Fi flaw puts medical devices at risk

Discovered in October, the fundamental WP2 protocol vulnerability can cause a complete loss of control of data and let a hacker launch a man-in-the-middle attack. Medical devices manufactured by medical technology vendor Becton, Dickinson and Company are vulnerable to the notorious KRACK bug, which could potentially expose patient records, according to an ICS-CERT alert.Discovered last

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Device manufacturer Inogen reports data breach affecting 30K consumers

A company that manufacturers portable oxygen devices is notifying 30,000 customers their information was leaked after an employee email account was hacked in January. California-based Inogen reported the data breach in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing Friday. According to the company, an employee email account was accessed by an unauthorized user between Jan. 2

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