DDoS attack almost crashes children's hospital website

Officials haven't confirmed a DDoS scheme, but noted the attackers hit the hospital's website with large attacks designed to overwhelm it with traffic.

Feds warn health care sector of looming cyber attacks

The FBI believes that the lax security systems that the health care industry has in place make it a prime target for cyber attacks.

Second burglary breach within a month for Coordinated Health

More than 700 Pennsylvania patients have been impacted after Coordinated Health experienced its second burglary-related data breach within a month.

Fate of unencrypted drive unknown, PHI of 5,500 in Virginia at risk

A Virginia-based chiropractic center is not quite sure what happened to an unencrypted thumb drive, which contained personal information - including Social Security numbers - on more than 5,500 patients.

Three laptops stolen from New York podiatry office, 6,475 at risk

Nearly 6,500 patients of New York-based Sims and Associates Podiatry may have had personal information compromised after three laptops were stolen.

Attack exercise reveals threat-sharing roadblock within health orgs

Attack exercise reveals threat-sharing roadblock within health orgs

In the "CyberRx" exercise, many organizations expressed concerns about communicating threat information to integral team members outside IT.

More than 1,400 medical records compromised in Texas breach

More than 1,400 medical records were compromised after unauthorized access was gained to the health records system used by a Texas cardiology clinic.

HHS reveals "high-risk" security issues at Medicaid agencies

HHS reveals "high-risk" security issues at Medicaid agencies

An HHS report, based on audits between 2010 and 2012, noted serious vulnerabilities affecting 10 state Medicaid agencies.

Medical staffers fall for phishing emails, data on 8,300 compromised

Nearly 20 staffers with Washington-based Franciscan Medical Group were tricked by phishing emails, resulting in a compromise of personal information for 8,300 patients.

Network Rx: Health care security

Network Rx: Health care security

With the addition of 15,000 mobile devices accessing its network, a medical center found assurance - and met compliance mandates, reports Greg Masters.

Devices stolen from Palomar Health staffer, data on 5K patients at risk

An encrypted laptop and two unencrypted flash drives containing personal information on 5,000 patients were stolen from a Palomar Health employee.

AvMed breach settlement awards plaintiffs regardless of suffered fraud

AvMed breach settlement awards plaintiffs regardless of suffered fraud

Legal experts say the settlement serves as a small win for plaintiffs, and a much bigger one for their attorneys.

More than 1,000 UK HealthCare patients impacted by stolen laptop

A password protected laptop stolen from Talyst, a provider of pharmacy billing management services, has resulted in the compromise of personal information for more than 1,000 patients of University of Kentucky HealthCare.

About 55K in San Francisco impacted in theft of Sutherland computers

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is warning more than 55,000 patients served in DPH facilities that their personal information may have been compromised in a Feb. 5 breach of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions.

Employee with Minnesota-based insurer risks data of 38K members

Roughly 38,000 members of Minnesota-based HealthPartners may have personal information at risk after an employee brought home electronic files containing the data.

Personal info ends up online, nearly 9,000 Ohio patients affected

A file containing personal information on almost 9,000 patients of HealthSource of Ohio was viewed 47 times in the roughly five-week span it was inadvertently made available on the internet.

Virus compromises sensitive info on 5,400 Colorado hospital patients

Social Security numbers and payment card data is among the personal information that may have been compromised for about 5,400 Colorado patients after a computer virus was identified on some hospital computers.

HHS CISO talks new threat briefings, alerts for health industry

HHS CISO talks new threat briefings, alerts for health industry

On Thursday, Kevin Charest, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CISO, spoke to SCMagazine.com about the new initiative.

Unencrypted desktops stolen from Calif. medical center, 10k impacted

Nearly 10,000 patients of University of California San Francisco Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore may have personal information at risk after unencrypted desktop computers containing their data were stolen.

Study: Health care orgs see modest decline in incidence, cost of data breaches

Study: Health care orgs see modest decline in incidence, cost of data breaches

An annual study on patient privacy and security marked improvements on the data breach front, though organizations voiced concerns with health information exchanges (HIEs).

Iowa DHS data breach dates back 2008, more than 2,000 impacted

Information on more than 2,000 individuals leaked outside a secure network because, since 2008, two employees with the Iowa Department of Human Services used personal online accounts and storage devices.

Oregon man received thousands of medical records on his home fax

Personal information on multiple patients was compromised after a Wisconsin hospital unknowingly faxed their records to an Oregon man.

Payroll vendor breached, data on more than 43,000 employees at risk

More than 43,000 former and current employees of Chicago-based Assisted Living Concepts are being notified that their personal data may be at risk after an unauthorized third party gained access to sensitive payroll files.

Roughly 1,100 Indianapolis patients impacted following laptop theft

More than a thousand patients of St. Vincent Indianapolis hospital are being notified that their personal information may have been compromised after a password-protected laptop containing the data was stolen.

Three nursing homes' security info discovered online

Security researchers discovered new documents online containing details about equipment and network firewall passwords that put multiple nursing homes' electronic medical records and payment information at risk.

Missing thumb drive puts 3,500 Texas cancer center patients at risk

More than 3,500 patients of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center may have had personal information compromised after a researcher's unencrypted USB thumb drive went missing.

Report: U.S. officials suspect developers in Belarus compromised healthcare.gov

U.S. intelligence agencies were concerned that developers, with ties to Belarus, helped "produce the website," The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Texas health system attacked, data on more than 400K compromised

More than 400,000 patients and employees of St. Joseph Health System in Texas are being notified that their personal information may have been accessed following an attack on the health system's computer system.

Apple meets with FDA over mobile medical apps

Apple executives had a discussion with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in mid-December.

Wisconsin health insurer loses hard drive, 41K members impacted

About 41,000 members of Wisconsin-based Unity Health Insurance are being notified that their personal information may be at risk after a portable hard drive was reported missing.

Hundreds impacted after Washington doctor's laptop is stolen

A laptop containing personal information - including Social Security numbers - on roughly 900 individuals at Washington nursing homes was stolen from the vehicle of a South Sound doctor.

Phishing scam lures three Calif. physicians, patient data compromised

Roughly 1,800 patients of UC Davis Health System in California are being notified that their personal information may be at risk after the email accounts of three physicians were compromised in a phishing scam.

Health care industry to ready itself for simulated attack exercise "CyberRX"

Health care industry to ready itself for simulated attack exercise "CyberRX"

The exercises are expected to occur in March and July and will be conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and major health care companies.

Two employees fired after hospital computer containing PHI is dumped

Two employees at Georgia-based Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital have been fired after a desktop computer containing information on nearly 6,800 individuals was mistakenly thrown away.

Unsecured file leads to data compromise of 12,000 in Wyoming

Data on nearly 12,000 past and present clients of the Wyoming Department of Health Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children may be at risk after an unsecured file was sent to a partner.

Stolen laptop compromises more than 12,000 New Mexico patients

A laptop stolen from the office of a New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants employee may have led to a compromise of unsecured protected health information for more than 12,000 individuals.

Programming error leads to 50K Medicaid cards mailed to wrong addresses

It was a computer programming error in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services that led to the Medicaid cards of almost 50,000 children being mailed to wrong addresses.

Virginia hospital employee accesses records for four years, gets fired

An employee with Riverside Health System in Virginia was fired for inappropriately accessing the medical records of nearly 1,000 patients over the span of four years.

Rx for medical devices

Rx for medical devices

Network-connected-and-configured devices can be infected by malware that provides access to patient data, monitoring systems and implanted patient devices.

Stolen laptop impacts 3,500 individuals in South Carolina

Nearly 3,500 members of the South Carolina Health Insurance Pool may have had personal information compromised after a password-protected laptop containing the sensitive data was stolen from an independent auditor's car.

Employee sends info on 2,000 to personal email address, gets fired

An employee with a private contractor for Colorado Medicaid was fired after sending an email to a personal account that contained sensitive information on almost 2,000 people.

Computers stolen from Calif. EDD facility, personal info compromised

An undisclosed number of individuals may have had personal information compromised after a secured California Employment Development Department facility was broken into and computers were stolen.

Former Microsoft exec takes lead in mending healthcare.gov issues

Kurt DelBene will now serve as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Jeff Zients, who previously managed healthcare.gov.

Two unencrypted N.J. health insurance laptops stolen, more than 800k impacted

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is notifying more than 800,000 members that their personal information may have been compromised after two unencrypted laptops were stolen.

Patient information in Virginia accessed on unsecured server

The Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia is sending notification letters to roughly 1,500 individuals after one of the county's health care clinics inadvertently left private pharmaceutical records on an unsecured computer server.

House legislators request investigation into FDA hack

Representatives of the Energy and Commerce Committee have asked the FDA to hire experts to investigate the incident which occurred in October.

Staffer compromises more than a thousand Pittsburgh patients

More than a thousand patients treated at a variety of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center locations over the past year are being notified that their personal information was viewed inappropriately by a former employee.

Malware on hospital computer impacts thousands of Seattle patients

A UW Medicine employee opened an email attachment and unknowingly downloaded malware, which led to the compromise of about 90,000 patients of Seattle-based Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center.

Researcher lobbies for increased security on medical devices

Researcher lobbies for increased security on medical devices

Jay Radcliffe showed how his insulin pump was vulnerable to a remote takeover.

Florida health employee caught photographing patient data, gets fired

Florida Digestive Health Specialists LLP is notifying about 4,400 patients that a former employee improperly accessed their personal information and photographed the data.

Patients compromised again, second UCSF laptop theft within two months

More than 8,000 patients of University of California, San Francisco are receiving notification letters after a possibly unencrypted laptop that contained the personal information was stolen from a physician's vehicle.

Thousands of California doctors impacted in Anthem breach

Thousands of doctors at Anthem Blue Cross of California are being notified that their personal information was mistakenly posted online.

California hospital notifies patients of missing thumb drive

More than a thousand patients of a California hospital are being notified that their personal information may have been compromised.

Milwaukee contractor loses flash drive, compromises thousands

Thousands of city workers in Milwaukee, as well as their spouses and domestic partners, had personal information compromised after a flash drive that contained the data was stolen.

Unencrypted laptop stolen, 11,000 dialysis patients impacted

More than 11,000 patients and some employees of Colorado-based kidney care company DaVita are being alerted after an unencrypted laptop containing their personal data was stolen from a staffer's vehicle.

(ISC)² intros program to certify security, privacy pros in health care

The HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) certification program was introduced on Monday.

Hacker tests biometric device by implanting "Circadia 1.0" in his arm

The device records the wearer's body temperature and uploads the data to any Android device via Bluetooth.

Two nurses' aides guilty for using patient data to commit tax fraud

Two former nurses' aides for Virginia-based nonprofit Sentara Healthcare have pleaded guilty to accessing thousands of electronic patient records and using the information to file fraudulent tax returns.

Missouri hospital fires physician's assistant for accessing patient information

An employee of a staff physician at Boone Hospital Center in Missouri was fired after inappropriately accessing patient information on the hospital network.

Laptops stolen, data of 700k California hospital patients compromised

The theft of two laptops has led to a compromise of personal information, including Social Security numbers, for more than 700k patients of California-based AHMC hospitals.

Dick Cheney's wireless heart monitor was modified to curb hacking threat

In a TV interview, Cheney revealed that the wireless feature of his defibrillator was disabled due to concerns of an assassination attempt.

Wisconsin hospital bills erroneously mailed to unauthorized persons

A system settings error caused financial statements to be mailed to roughly 8,000 people who received care from a Wisconsin hospital, but an undisclosed number were sent to unauthorized persons.

Insecure email puts more than a thousand NC patients at risk

An employee with North Carolina-based CaroMont Health sent out an insecure email containing personal information on more than 1,300 patients.

Burglary compromises info of thousands at Calif. medical center

More than 3,500 patients of University of California San Francisco Medical Center may have had data compromised after a hospital laptop was stolen from an employee's vehicle.

Unauthorized user accesses medical records at Iowa-based health system

Nearly two thousand patients may have personal information at risk after an unauthorized user accessed an electronic medical record system for Iowa-based UnityPoint Health.

Stolen laptop compromises hundreds of Wisconsin hospital patients

Patients treated this year at St. Mary's Janesville Hospital in Wisconsin may have had personal data compromised when a health care laptop was stolen from the car of an employee.

Keeping every body safe: Medical devices

Keeping every body safe: Medical devices

Criminals leverage medical devices for targeted attacks, says Dale Nordenberg of the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium. Karen Epper Hoffman reports.

Unencrypted laptop stolen from Calif. hospital puts patients at risk

Patients of California-based Santa Clara Valley Medical Center had their medical data compromised when an unencrypted laptop was stolen from the audiology department.

Compliance deadline on HIPAA rules brings expanded responsibilities for third parties handling data

Business associates of HIPAA-covered entities are now legally bound to follow the same guidelines when securing patients' protected health information.

Kaiser Permanente employee sends out email containing patient data

A Kaiser Permanente employee sent out an email with an attachment that contained personal information on hundreds of patients.

Study: Medical ID theft victims increasingly report spoofed sites and phishing as cause of fraud

The number of victims fooled by spurious emails or fake websites has doubled since last year, and experts say the scams are still under-reported.

Card information stolen in attack on hospital payment vendor

Card information for thousands of Medical University of South Carolina patients may be at risk following a malicious attack on its third party card payment vendor.

Laptop and flash drive stolen from doctor's car

A laptop and flash drive containing health information for thousands of patients of St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis was stolen from a doctor's car.

FTC files complaint against LabMD after investigating its security practices

The Federal Trade Commission alleges that the medical testing provider exposed the data of more than 9,000 consumers, putting them at risk of identity theft.

Unencrypted medical laptop goes missing, compromising patients

The specialized computer, which works in tandem with a health center medical machine, contained patient data and images.

Email asking how health care nonprofit handles personal data contained personal data

A document containing personal information inadvertently was attached to an Alaska nonprofit's mass distributed email survey, which, among other questions, asks clients how they believe the entity handles their sensitive health care materials.

Data of millions at risk after Illinois medical group burglary

Data of millions at risk after Illinois medical group burglary

Thieves stole four unencrypted computers from an administrative building of Advocate Medical Group in Chicago.

Employee fired for stealing external hard drive containing patient data

Employee fired for stealing external hard drive containing patient data

A medical clinic worker was fired after stealing an external drive containing personal medical information on thousands of patients.

Employee fired for emailing health data to herself

Emailing protected health information (PHI) to a personal email address cost one Rocky Mountain Spine Clinic employee her job last week.

Stolen laptop compromises patients of California medical group

A California-based medical group experienced a data breach when a laptop containing sensitive patient information was stolen.

Black Hat: Diabetic researcher finds insulin pump glitch that almost killed him

Security researcher Jay Radcliffe dug deeper into the medical device's flaw after he experienced a dangerous mishap.

Laptop theft leads to compromised student health records

Health records for 2,000 Fairfax County public school students could be exposed after a laptop was stolen from a school nurse's vehicle.

Patients notified after resident doctors store their data on Google

Patients notified after resident doctors store their data on Google

More than 3,000 patients at an Oregon hospital were notified of their information being stored in an unauthorized cloud service.

Medical supply company files lawsuit after breach

San Jose Medical Supply Co. in California has filed a lawsuit against former employees for allegedly disclosing customer information to two competitors, which it also is suing.

Social Security numbers of Va. students printed on mailing labels

Nearly 20,000 University of Virginia students were affected when Social Security numbers were mistakenly printed on mailing address labels.

Records of more than 17K Medicaid patients in New York compromised by employee

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) suspects an employee of forwarding more than 17,000 records to personal email account.

Thousands of patients affected in California hospital data breach

A Long Beach Memorial Medical Center employee may be responsible for a data breach that is said to have impacted thousands of patients.

Firewall management can prevent the HIPAA bite

Firewall management can prevent the HIPAA bite

Health care organizations with multiple locations need systems in place to manage health information security systems, and it all starts with their firewalls.

Six employees fired at LA hospital for accessing patient records

More than a dozen patient records, including at least one celebrity, were accessed by employees at a Los Angeles hospital.

Health insurance credentials fetch high prices in the online black market

Health insurance credentials fetch high prices in the online black market

Stolen health insurance dossiers can earn their sellers more than a thousand dollars, a senior researcher at Dell SecureWorks reports.

Hospital patient records turn up in Dallas park after contractors fails to destroy them

Hundreds of thousands of patients potentially exposed after hospital records from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth turn up in Dallas park.

WellPoint settles following government investigation in wake of breach

The Indianapolis-based health insurer must pay the Department of Health and Human Services $1.7 million to avoid heftier fines under HIPAA for its 137-day long breach ending in 2010.

Data of 50K Michigan residents compromised after website hack

Data of 50K Michigan residents compromised after website hack

The leaked information was from the Michigan Department of Community Health, which is notifying impacted individuals.

Lost thumb drive leads to compromised patient data

Information for more than 2,000 patients was lost when a Nebraska doctor's thumb drive went missing.

Iowa Human Services breach places 8,000 personal records at risk

The personal information of former patients and employees at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, Iowa, as well as workers at other state facilities, may have been exposed after a backup computer tape went missing.

Veterans' patient information found in recycle bin

Patients of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Fayetteville, N.C., may have had their personal information exposed after more than 1,000 personal records were improperly disposed of.

Laptop stolen from Calif. health care provider exposing data of 1,500

The laptop was stolen from Monterey Park, Calif.-based SynerMed.

Malware compromises data of patients at UMass Amherst health center

The incident impacted patients at the Center for Language, Speech and Hearing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Hospital posts personal patient information on public website

More than 1,000 patients were affected by the breach after a hospital employee, as part of a routine update, accidentally exposed the information.

Idaho State University to pay HHS $400K after investigation reveals shoddy security

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to ramp up its investigations of health care-related entities as a result of breaches.

Sign up to our newsletters

POLL