Breach, Threat Management, Data Security, Malware, Ransomware

Data breach at Blue Springs Family Care endangers patient records, enables ransomware attack

Missouri-based health care provider Blue Springs Family Care has disclosed a ransomware attack resulting from a data breach that may have also compromised patients records -- 44,979, to be precise, according to news reports [12].

According to a letter publicly posted by the company, the perpetrators potentially had access to a variety of information, including patients' full names, home addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, account numbers, driver's license numbers, medical diagnoses, and disability codes.

The ransomware attack was discovered on May 12, at which point investigators determined that an unauthorized party intruded into Blue Springs' computer systems and loaded "a variety of malware programs" including the malicious cryptor, the letter said.

"In response to this incident, we have taken steps to strengthen our defenses against similar incidents in the future," the letter reads. "Immediately after discovery of the incident, we engaged a forensic information technology company to assist with quarantining the affected systems and to install software to monitor whether any unauthorized person was accessing the system. We also deployed new technology to prevent future intrusions, including a new firewall. Most recently, we are transitioning to a new electronic health record provider that will provide encryption of all protected health information."

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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