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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…

Healthcare IT workers struggle to secure IoT devices during COVID-19

Ventilators and respirators, on the front line against the respiratory symptoms often deadly for coronavirus patients, may seem like natural points of vulnerability for medical organizations, but the real threats come from the flood of high-tech IoT medical equipment that must be integrated into a network and properly secured from attack. Under normal circumstances hospitals…

As unemployment claims soar, cyber workforce remains strong

Of the nearly 10 million Americans who recently have filed for unemployment insurance – 6.6 million this week and 3.3 million the week before – as the coronavirus pandemics shut down businesses and the economy, the cybersecurity workforce seemingly has been spared. But experts warned that widespread layoffs in the future could leave organizations vulnerable.…

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’…

Privacy in critical care after telehealth demands jump

As coughs and body aches drive anxious Americans to telemed services in record numbers, relieving the burden on medical facilities stressed to breaking with COVID-19 cases, the subsequent relaxation of privacy requirements puts them at risk of PHI compromises, cyberattacks and privacy violations. The shift to online medicine has resulted in the dissemination of a…

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