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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…

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,…

Be wary of medical-related emails: Proofpoint

Coronavirus may be the subject of choice for cybercriminal to lure victims into opening or responding to a message, but that does not mean other serious medical issues are also not being abused. Proofpoint found a small campaign recently running using emails purportedly from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with the subject line “Test of…

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Munson Healthcare data breach exposes PHI

The northern-Michigan based Munson Healthcare group reported several employee email accounts were hacked and being accessed for two and a half months last year exposing PHI. The breach was discovered on January 16, 2020 and the investigation into the incident revealed the email accounts in question were being accessed by an outside source between July…

Cyberattack halts Tissue Regenix’s U.S.-based manufacturing operations

U.K.-based medical technology company Tissue Regenix acknowledged on Tuesday that it took its systems offline after an unauthorized party accessed them and those of its U.S.-based third-party IT service provider. According to a report from Reuters, the Leeds-based company said the shutdown will negatively impact its ability to manufacture products at its U.S. facility in…

Privacy takes a hit, as storage bucket leaks cannabis dispensary POS data

A misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket was discovered leaking data that had been collected by a point-of-sale system used by multiple cannabis dispensaries, researchers from vpnMentor reported on Wednesday. The exposed bucket, which was found on Christmas eve and closed by Jan. 14, was found to contain more than 85,000 files. These included…

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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…

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