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Even during pandemic, healthcare orgs successfully fending off attacks

Despite an increased toll on their computer systems amid Covid-19, healthcare organizations throughout the world generally are doing a good job of mitigating inbound attack attempts, according to a Vectra analysis of the first five months of 2020. The report cites a doubling of data exfiltration behaviors to external destinations in Europe, Middle East and…

NetWalker claims credit for attack on Crozer-Keystone Health System

The NetWalker ransomware group claimed to be behind an attack on Philadelphia area Crozer-Keystone Health System, prompting the health care provider to take systems offline. The hackers are threatening to begin releasing information nicked in the attack in six days, according to a Cyberscoop report. The company, which operates eight medical facilities, including four hospitals,…

Execs, dignitaries call on nations to help end cyberattacks on health care orgs

The CyberPeace Institute and dozens of international leaders and dignitaries on Tuesday collectively urged the world’s governments in an open letter to help put an end to cyberattacks on hospitals and health care institutions that are already under the incredible strain of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the past weeks, we have witnessed attacks that…

Alleged Collection 1 hacker nabbed; ransomware campaign targeting hospitals disrupted

The Ukrainian Secret Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of a man who they say is the hacker who amassed hundreds of millions of stolen credentials and then used an internet message board to announce their availability as a data set known as Collection 1. And in another significant win for law enforcement officials, Romania…

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No reprieve for health care orgs as ransomware hits hospital operator, plastic surgeons

If there was any lingering hope that cybercriminals would show mercy on health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis — as some claimed they would do — that pipe dream evaporated with the news that various ransomware groups attacked Fresenius, Europe’s largest private hospital operator, as well as a pair of U.S.-based plastic surgery clinics.…

In growing market for genetic data, privacy implications prove lasting

ExecuPharm employee info compromised following reported ransomware attack

ExecuPharm, a provider of pharmaceutical clinical research support services, has suffered a data security incident that has reportedly been identified as a CLOP ransomware attack, coupled with a corresponding data leak. Security experts have expressed concern that cybercriminals will target health care organizations at a time when their services may be needed to help respond…

Compromised email account leads to Saint Francis Ministries data breach

An unauthorized party gained entry into an an employee’s email account at Saint Francis Ministries, accessing sensitive personal identifying information, as well as financial and protected health data. In an online notification and corresponding press release, the Salina, Kan.-based non-profit organization said the actor accessed the account between Dec. 13 and 20 of 2019. Saint…

Med group’s breach disclosure claims SSNs unaffected; leaked docs suggest otherwise

The Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic, a network of medical providers based in Texas, has officially confirmed a combination data breach-ransomware attack that exposed sensitive information. The company is claiming that social security numbers were not impacted in the incident, despite security experts having demonstrated that the attackers have published stolen documents containing patients’ and employees’…

Maze ransomware attackers extort vaccine testing facility

The cybercriminal gang behind Maze ransomware has been extorting a UK-based clinical research organization that’s been preparing to play a potential role in testing vaccine candidates for the novel coronavirus, despite assurances that they would not harm any health care organizations during the COVID-19 crisis. SC Media first reported an attack on the medical center,…

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