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Australian patient data vulnerable to cyber attacks, audit finds

May 30, 2019

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Victoria’s auditor general Andrew Greaves and his office were able to hack into some of the state’s biggest health databases. They used basic hacking tools to access patient data at five different organisations – Barwon Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital, […]


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Phishing attack risks data of 30,000 patients of Mississippi facility

February 19, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport in Mississippi is notifying patients that protected health information may have been compromised by a phishing attack. The facility reported that access to the information was achieved by an attack on an employee’s email account on […]


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HHS cybersecurity guidance ramps up pressure to protect data

January 7, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

New cybersecurity best practices from the Department of Health and Human Services are more than helpful suggestions for provider organizations—they set security practices that are likely to become the de facto standard industry wide. The new guidance, available here, should […]


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Data breach at Atrium Health impacts more than 2.6M records

November 28, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

A major cyber event at Atrium Health, an expansive delivery system with more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations, could affect more than 2.6 million patient records. Included in that total are about 700,000 affected individuals whose Social Security […]


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HHS opens health cybersecurity coordination center

October 31, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Health and Human Services this week officially opened a cybersecurity center designed to support and improve the cyber defense of the U.S. healthcare industry. The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center—located at HHS headquarters in Washington—is meant to […]


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Cass Regional recovers after ransomware attack

July 12, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville, Mo., is continuing to recover from a ransomware attack that was discovered at 11 a.m. on July 9 and affected email and internet services, as well as its electronic health records system. Data in […]


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Ransomware attack in Indiana hits multispecialty practice

May 23, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Allied Physicians of Michiana, a 50-provider multispecialty practice in South Bend, Ind., suffered a ransomware attack on May 17 that was caused by a SamSam malware variant. Records from an unknown number of patients were temporarily affected by the incident. […]


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HHS warns SamSam ransomware is still ravaging healthcare

April 11, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Hackers have launched at least eight separate cyberattacks on healthcare and government organizations so far this year using SamSam ransomware, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The 2018 attacks include incidents involving two Indiana-based hospitals and one […]


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Stop the Insanity: Physician’s Information Security Practices Must Change to End Cyberattacks

December 26, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

New data reporting on the incidence of malware and ransomware incidents in healthcare find that the majority of physicians are experiencing cyberattacks while many fear they are in the line of fire for future attacks. At the same time, most […]


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New malware hijacks contact addresses to send phishing emails

November 10, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

A new Trojan horse malware gambit appears to be expanding into the healthcare sector, threatening to use an organization’s stored email addresses as a platform to send out seemingly legitimate phishing emails. The innovative spear phishing emails are distributing Ursnif, […]


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HHS takes steps to hire senior cyber advisor

November 2, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Health and Human Services is making progress in efforts to hire a senior advisor for cyber security, with hopes to have the position filled by early next year. The agency wants to fill the position to give […]