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Massachusetts Health Firm Reports Cyber Attack

A major medical imaging and outpatient surgery firm in Massachusetts has reported a cyber attack that may have compromised the medical data and identity of millions of patients. Shields Health Care Group said it recently became aware of suspicious activity …

How FBI Helped Thwart ‘Despicable’ Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital

The FBI thwarted a planned cyberattack on a children’s hospital in Boston that was to have been carried out by hackers sponsored by the Iranian government, FBI Director Christopher Wray said last week. Wray told a Boston College cybersecurity conference …

Irish Patient Data May Have Been Posted on Dark Web After Cyber Attack: Minister Says

Reports of Irish patient data posted online after a cyber attack on Ireland’s health service appear to be accurate, a government minister said, as the fallout from the hack continues. A Financial Times report that some patient data has appeared …

Ireland’s Health Service Operator Hit by ‘Significant’ Ransomware Attack

DUBLIN – Ireland’s health service operator shut down all its IT systems on Friday to protect them from a “significant” ransomware attack, crippling diagnostic services, disrupting COVID-19 testing and forcing hospitals to cancel many appointments. An international cyber crime gang …

Russia-Based Hackers Plan New Wave of Attacks Against U.S. Hospitals: Security Firm

A Russia-based ransomware group responsible for a new wave of attacks against U.S. hospitals is laying the groundwork to cripple at least ten more, according to the cyber-security firm Prevailion Inc. Prevailion’s analysis comes a day after the FBI and …

Dozens of U.S. Hospitals Hit With String of Ransomware Attacks

Eastern European criminals are targeting dozens of U.S. hospitals with ransomware, and federal officials on Wednesday urged healthcare facilities to beef up preparations rapidly in case they are next. The FBI is investigating the recent attacks, which include incidents in …

Singapore Data Leak of Records of 14,200 HIV Patients Blamed on U.S. Citizen

Records of as many as 14,200 people with HIV and their 2,400 contacts have been “illegally disclosed online”, Singapore’s health ministry said in a statement, marking the second cyber attack the city-state has suffered in a year. The HIV-registry data …

U.S. Healthcare Sector Plagued by Cyber Breaches Caused by Human Error: Beazley

Whether it is an email sent to the wrong recipient, discharge instructions given to the wrong patient, or a server containing protected health information (PHI) accidentally left open to the public, healthcare entities continue to struggle with data breaches caused …

Willis Partners with HITRUST to Address the Healthcare Industry’s Cyber Exposures

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), an organization supporting the healthcare industry in advancing the state of information protection, has partnered with Willis North America to identify a common approach and develop products to better align insurance premiums with cyber …

90% of Healthcare Firms Hit by Cyber Attack: Ponemon

A rise in cyber attacks against doctors and hospitals is costing the U.S. healthcare system $6 billion a year as organized criminals who once targeted retailers and financial firms increasingly go after medical records, security researchers say. Criminal attacks against …