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Breach of email accounts impacts 50,000 patients of Minnesota hospital

Minnesota-based hospital operator Alomere Health this month began notifying patients of a data breach affecting 49,351 individuals, after a malicious actor gained access to two employee email accounts in late October and early November. The first incident took place between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2019, while the second account hijacking happened days later on…

Dread Zeppelin: Ransomware targets health care and IT sectors in U.S., Europe

Cybercriminals have spun off a ransomware that was originally known to target Russian organizations into a new malicious encryptor used in targeted campaigns against strategically selected health care and IT companies in America and Europe. Dubbed Zeppelin, the new ransomware is a descendant of VegaLocker, a Delphi-based Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering that was discovered in early…

Report: Dental practices feel the pain of ransomware attack on IT provider

More than 100 dentist offices have reportedly been affected by a recent Sodinokibi ransomware attack on a Colorado-based company that provides IT services to the oral-care practices. Security expert Brian Krebs reported this past weekend via his blog post that Englewood, Colo.-based Complete Technology Solutions (CTS), was attacked back on Nov. 25, apparently via a compromised remote…

Ransomware attack on nursing homes’ services provider threatens lives

Cybercriminals are reportedly demanding a $14 million extortion payment after using Ryuk ransomware to infect Virtual Care Provider Inc. (VCPI), a company that provides IT consulting and cloud-based data hosting and security services to roughly 110 nursing home operations around the U.S. The Nov. 17 attack took place at 1:30 a.m. local time, encrypting the…

The fairly convincing phishing scam is being hosted on a compromised EA Games server.

Threat actor impersonates German, Italian and American gov’t agencies to spread malware

Since October, a threat actor has been impersonating governmental agencies in phishing emails designed to infect American, German and Italian organizations with various forms of malware, including the Cobalt Strike backdoor, Maze ransomware and the IcedID banking trojan. Business and IT services, manufacturing companies, and healthcare organizations make up a large share of the targets…

Open database exposes 93K files on patients of substance abuse facilities

A misconfigured AWS s3 storage bucket reportedly exposed roughly 93,000 billing files that contain information on patients of three drug and alcohol addiction facilities operated by San Juan Capistrano, California-based Sunshine Behavioral Health, LLC. Patients at SBH’s Monarch Shores location in San Juan Capistrano; Chapters Capistrano facility in San Clemente, Calif.; and Willow Springs Recovery…

It’s privacy vs. innovation as Google collects data on 50 million medical patients

Google and health care provider organization Ascension have publicly confirmed a recent report that the two companies have embarked on a massive initiative to aggregate the data of roughly 50 million patients and store it on the cloud. The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern…

St. Louis health center stymied by September ransomware attack

Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers, a St. Louis-area medical and social services provider, was victimized last September by a ransomware attack that continues to prevent access to data collected from patients, health care providers and employees. The Associated Press reported on Friday that the breach affects roughly 152,000 people. The provider serves thousands of…

Phishing scam behind Kalispell Regional Healthcare data breach

Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) just reported a cyberattack that took place in late August and exposed patients’ health information. The Kalispell, Mont. facility had several employees fall for a phishing email scam, resulting in the attackers gaining the login credentials to KRH’s system, the hospital said in a statement. “This summer we discovered that several…

Health, personal data of 1 million New Zealanders exposed in series of intrusions

The medical and personal information of about 1 million people was exposed after a breach of Tū Ora Compass Health, a primary health organization (PHO) located in New Zealand. The non-governmental organization (NGO) discovered four intrusions – by what Ministry of Health Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said were two hacktivists and two “more sophisticated…

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