Feds Publish Guidance on Responding and Lowering Impact of DDoS Attacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) just released guidance for government and private institutions on the avoidance and mitigation of distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These attacks are performed to overburden programs and sites with traffic, as a … Read more

2021 Data Breaches Reported by U.S. Vision Subsidiary and Florida Addiction Treatment Center

USV Optical, a branch of U.S. Vision, has lately reported the exposure of patient records at a number of entities inside its network. It detected suspicious activity inside its system on May 12, 2021. Forensic investigation affirmed that unauthorized persons got access to its system for one month from April 20, 2021 to May 17, … Read more

CISA Director Encourage All Healthcare Providers to Use FIDO Authentication

The Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Jen Easterly, is traveling across the country as part of the Cybersecurity Awareness Month. She’s been promoting the best practices of cybersecurity, telling everyone the steps they can dp to be safe on the web, and emphasizing the value of using multi-factor authentication on bank … Read more

Data Breaches at Choice Health, Tessie Cleveland Community Services Corp and Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain

Humana lately reported the potential compromise of the protected health information (PHI) of 22,767 persons in a security incident at Choice Health. This business associate is Humana’s vendor of its Medicare products. On May 18, 2022, Choice Health discovered that one of its databases can be accessed online. The investigation confirmed there was a misconfiguration … Read more

Independent Case Management & Conifer Health Solutions Report Cyberattacks

Independent Case Management (ICM) based in Little Rock, AR, a provider offering home and community-based assistance for persons with mental and developmental handicaps, recently informed 3,307 persons about the potential theft of some of their protected health information (PHI) in a ransomware attack. As per the notification letters, the attack affected three servers, which were … Read more

Data Breaches Announced by Allegheny Health Network, St. Luke’s Health System, & Goldsboro Podiatry

St. Luke’s Health System based in Boise, ID, has just submitted a data breach report to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights that affected 31,579 patients. The breach happened in May 2022 at Kaye-Smith, which is a billing vendor of the health system. The patients billed that month were affected by the breach. Kaye-Smith discovered … Read more

$500,000 Ransom Payment Seized by the Department of Justice

The U.S Department of Justice made an announcement that it seized approximately $500,000 in Bitcoin from North Korean threat actors that used the Maui ransomware to attack healthcare companies in the U.S.A. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released a security advisory about North Korean attackers … Read more

Fitzgibbon Hospital, Christiana Spine Center, and Diskriter Encounter Ransomware Attacks

On June 25, 2022, a representative of a threat group known as DAIXIN Team shared details with regards to a ransomware attack and information theft incident that occurred at Fitzgibbon Hospital located in Marshall, Missouri. Stolen data was published to a dark web resource site. The published data consists of database tables taken from the … Read more

Atlassian Announces Fix for Maximum Severity Largely Exploited Vulnerability in Confluence Server and Data Center

Atlassian has developed a patch to resolve a critical zero-day vulnerability that has an effect on all supported models of Confluence Server and Data Center. The vulnerability, which is monitored as CVE-2022-26134 has the highest CVSS severity rating of 10. Unauthenticated attackers could take advantage of the vulnerability remotely to accomplish code execution. Security researchers … Read more

Theft Incident at SAC Health and Ransomware Attacks on Bryan County Ambulance Authority and Atlanta Perinatal Associates

Social Action Community Health System (SAC Health) has lately advised 149,940 patients regarding the theft of documents that contain their protected health information (PHI) in a break-in at an off-site storage place that keep patient records. SAC Health discovered the theft on March 4, 2022. The succeeding investigation affirmed on April 22, 2022 the theft … Read more

HHS Alerts the HPH Sector Regarding Hive Ransomware

The HHS’ Office of Information Security Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) has given a TLP: White alert concerning the Hive ransomware group – An especially violent cybercriminal operation that has greatly targeted the healthcare market in the United States. HC3 has shown a study of the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) recognized to be … Read more

How Small Healthcare Organizations Differ from Large Healthcare Providers with Regards to Security

The latest Software Advice survey of healthcare companies gives information on healthcare data breaches, their underlying causes, and the distinct security strategies at small and big healthcare organizations. The survey engaged 130 small practices with 5 or fewer licensed providers and 129 large practices having six or more providers to fully grasp the security concerns … Read more

South Denver Cardiology Associates Reports Data Breach Impacting 287,000 Individuals

South Denver Cardiology Associates (SDCA) has recently reported that it experienced a cyberattack in January 2022 that led to the access and possible theft of files that contain patient data by attackers. Strange network activity was noticed on January 4, 2022, and SDCA quickly started its breach response process. Systems were separated from the network … Read more

Cyberattack Reported by Logan Health Medical Center and NHS Management

Logan Health Medical Center located in Kalispell, MT has recently commenced informing a number of patients that hackers obtained access to a file server that contained patient files in a highly sophisticated criminal attack. The medical center noticed the security breach of its information technology systems on November 22, 2021. The initial investigation confirmed that … Read more

Latest Phishing Kits Used to Bypass Multi-Factor Authentication

Phishing attacks make it possible for threat actors to get credentials, but with multi-factor authentication (MFA), it is tougher for phishing attacks to become successful. With MFA activated, aside from a username and password, an additional way of authentication is needed prior to approving account access. Microsoft has earlier mentioned multi-factor authentication prevents 99.9% of … Read more

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Sacramento County Reported Email Breaches

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Sacramento County recently reported email-related breaches of protected health information (PHI). HIPAA Violation by an Employee of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has begun sending breach notification letters to patients to notify them about a HIPAA … Read more

Millennium Eye Care and Duneland School Corporation Cyberattack

Data of Millennium Eye Care Patients Stolen by Ransomware Gang A provider of ophthalmology services in Freehold, NJ, Millennium Eye Care, reported on December 22, 2021, that attackers lately obtained access to its computer system and utilized ransomware for file encryption in an effort to extort cash from the healthcare provider. The breach notification letters … Read more

Pharmacy Hospital and Dental Practice Report Hacking Cases Affecting Over 355,000 Individuals

An attacker acquired access to BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Services, an IT network located in Altamonte Springs, FL. Files containing sensitive patient data were accessed by the attacker. The pharmacy discovered the attack on November 11, 2021, and took prompt action to get rid of the hacker from its system. A third-party computer forensics agency aided … Read more

PHI of 750,000 Oregon Anesthesiology Patients Restored After the Ransomware Attack

On July 11, 2021, the Oregon Anesthesiology Group learned that it suffered a ransomware attack that allowed the encrypting of files on its systems and obstructed the use of its servers and patient information. Subsequent to the attack, its IT infrastructure was reconstructed and offline data backups were employed to quickly bring back the impacted … Read more

82% Of Healthcare Companies Have Suffered an IoT Cyberattack during the Last 18 Months

Medigate and CrowdStrike performed new research which presented the degree to which hackers are attacking healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) devices and alerts about the disturbing status of IoT security in the medical care sector. The amount of IoT devices being employed in healthcare has risen considerably in the past few years as connected health … Read more

Ransomware Attacks Reported by Victory Health Partners and Strategic Benefits Advisors

Victory Health Partners Alerts Patients Concerning September 2021 Ransomware Attack Victory Health Partners based in Mobile, AL has informed patients concerning a ransomware attack it detected on September 23, 2021. Before the attackers encrypted the files, they exfiltrated sensitive information and has possibly released them. When Victory Health Partners discovered the attack, it shut down … Read more

Highlighting the Importance of Cybersecurity This Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The topic of the 4th week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Cybersecurity First.” The emphasis is on letting businesses know about the importance of cybersecurity steps to handle vulnerabilities in products, operations, and individuals. Cybersecurity Information for Businesses One research indicates 64% of firms all over the world have encountered some kind of cyberattack and … Read more

19,000 People Impacted by Ransomware Attack on Directions for Living

The non-profit behavioral health service provider Directions for Living based in Clearwater, FL experienced a ransomware attack last July 17, 2021. When Directions for Living found out about the attack, it let law enforcement and got third-party computer forensics experts investigating the scope of the cyberattack and help take care of remediation. The investigation into … Read more

Alaska DHSS Claims May 2021 Cyberattack Has Potential Effect on All Alaskans

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) will commence sending notification letters to all people in the state informing them about the possible exposure of their personal and health data due to a highly advanced cyberattack performed by a nation-state attacker. The cyberattack was noticed on May 2, 2021 and the DHSS was … Read more

SonicWall Threat Report Indicates Substantial Growth in Ransomware Attacks

SonicWall publicized a Cyber Threat Report update last July, which affirmed a significant rise in cyberattacks beginning 2020. From January to June of 2021, cryptojacking attacks went up by 23%, encrypted threats went up by 26%, IoT attacks increased by 59%, and ransomware attackers went up by 151% in comparison to the identical time period … Read more

UNM Health Data Breach Impacts Over 637,000 Individuals

UNM Health found out that an unauthorized third party acquired access to its system and possibly viewed and copied files from that included patients’ protected health information (PHI). The healthcare provider discovered the security incident on June 4, 2021 and immediately launched an investigation to determine the extent of the breach. UNM Health confirmed that … Read more

Phishing Attacks at Academic HealthPlans and Wayne County Hospital

Academic HealthPlans, Inc. (AHP) learned that an unauthorized person has obtained access to the email accounts of two workers after they responded to phishing emails. AHP was informed of a potential breach upon detecting suspicious activity in its Microsoft Office 365 email account. The impacted accounts were made secure, and an investigation was started to … Read more

Impact of Elekta Ransomware Attack on Advocate Aurora Health, Jefferson Health, and Intermountain Healthcare Confirmed

Three more healthcare providers reported that they were affected by the latest ransomware attack on Elekta Inc, the Swedish radiation therapy and radiosurgery provider. Elekta offers a web-based mobile software referred to as SmartClinic, which healthcare companies utilize to gain access to patient data for cancer treatments. Cybercriminals obtained access to Elekta’s systems from April … Read more

Kaseya Security Update Resolves Vulnerabilities Exploited in KSA Ransomware Attack

Kaseya has reported a security update published for the Kaseya KSA remote management and tracking software program to resolve the zero-day vulnerabilities, which the REvil ransomware gang fairly recently exploited in attacks on its customers and their clients. The vulnerabilities taken advantage of in the attack were included in a group of seven flaws that … Read more

Exploit Available for ‘PrintNightmare’ Zero-Day Windows Print Spooler RCE Vulnerability

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has given a notification after a proof of concept (PoC) exploit had been published for a zero-day vulnerability identified in the Windows Print Spooler service. The vulnerability was called PrintNightmare and is monitored as CVE-2021-34527. The vulnerability is caused by the Windows Print Spooler service that incorrectly executes … Read more

Healthcare Organizations Dealing with Higher Cyber Insurance Costs for Less Coverage

The number of cyberattacks currently being reported is greater than ever before. A few years ago, healthcare cyberattack reports are received at a rate of one each day, however, in 2021, there have been months where cyberattacks were reported at double that rate. The seriousness of cyberattacks has likewise become more intense and the cost … Read more

420,433 People Affected by Health Plan of San Joaquin Email Security Breach

Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ), which is a not-for-profit service provider of Medi-Cal managed care based in French Camp, CA, learned that an unauthorized individual has obtained access to its email system and likely viewed or obtained sensitive data. HPSJ noticed a likely email breach on or approximately October 12, 2020 after identifying suspicious … Read more

President Biden Signs Expansive Executive Order to Enhance Federal Networks Cybersecurity

On May 13, 2021, President Biden signed a comprehensive Executive Order that seeks to appreciably strengthen cybersecurity protections for federal systems, enhance threat information sharing between the private sector, the government, and law enforcement, and present a cyber threat response playbook to speed up the response to incidents and their mitigation. The 34-page Executive Order … Read more

Three Actively Exploited Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in SonicWall Email Security

Three zero-day vulnerabilities were found in SonicWall Email Security solutions are being actively exploited in the wild by one or more threat actors. The vulnerabilities may be chained to obtain admin access to enterprise systems and do code execution. SonicWall Email Security products are used as a physical machine, virtual appliance, as a hosted SaaS … Read more

Hackers Stole the PHI of Over 200,000 Washington D.C. Health Plan Members

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Plan District of Columbia (CHPDC) is notifying its members with regards to a cyberattack that resulted in the theft of their protected health information (PHI). CHPDC, previously known as Trusted Health Plans, discovered a breach of its computer networks on January 28, 2021. The health plan based in Washington D.C … Read more

Data Breaches at California Department of State Hospitals and Eyemart Express

The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) in California has learned a worker obtained access to the protected health information (PHI) of 1,415 present/former patients and 617 personnel without consent. The employee had an Information Technology job and got access to data servers that contain sensitive patient and staff information so as to perform work assignments. … Read more

Phishing Attack on Saint Alphonsus Health System, Saint Agnes Medical Center and Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living

Due to a phishing attack encountered by Saint Alphonsus Health System based in Boise, ID, the information of its patients was potentially compromised, including the data of patients of Saint Agnes Medical Center located in Fresno, CA. Saint Alphonsus detected strange activity in the email account of an employee on January 6, 2021. The provider … Read more

100% of Screened mHealth Applications Prone to API Attacks

The personally identifiable health information of a huge number of people is being compromised by means of the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) employed by mobile health (mHealth) apps, reported by a current study shared by cybersecurity agency Approov. Ethical hacker and researcher Allissa Knight carried out the study to discover how protected famous mHealth apps … Read more

Ransomware Attacks on Ramsey County and Crisp Regional Health Services and Vulnerability in Vaccine Scheduling Application

The County Manager’s Office of Ramsey County, MN has begun informing 8,700 customers of its Family Health Division regarding the potential access of some of their personal data by unauthorized persons brought about by a ransomware attack on its vendor Netgain Technology LLC. Netgain Technology LLC based in St. Cloud offers technology solutions to Ramsey … Read more

Emisoft Reports No Less Than 560 Ransomware Attacks on U.S. Healthcare Facilities in 2020

Ransomware attacks in 2020 had a huge impact on companies and organizations in America. Ransomware gangs targeted the healthcare and education sectors, the federal, state, and municipal governments and departments. These sectors had no less than 2,354 attacks in 2020 as per the most recent State of Ransomware report of Emsisoft, a cybersecurity company based … Read more

Vulnerabilities Identified in Philips IntelliVue Firmware

Cybersecurity researchers have identified vulnerabilities in Philips IntelliVue WLAN firmware which could be exploited by hackers to install malware. Two vulnerabilities affect specific IntelliVue MP monitors. Hackers could use the vulnerabilities to install malicious firmware which could impact data flow and lead to an inoperable condition alert at the device and Central Station. Shawn Loveric, … Read more

Software Vulnerability Identified in Change Healthcare Cardiology Devices

Cybersecurity researchers have identified a flaw in Change Healthcare Cardiology, McKesson Cardiology, and Horizon Cardiology devices. Locally authenticated users could exploit the flaw to insert files that could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable device. Alfonso Powers and Bradley Shubin of Asante Information Security identified the flaw (CVE-2019-18630) and reported the … Read more

Hackers Targeting US Utilities Sector with Spear Phishing Campaign

Hackers impersonating the US National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) are targeting business in the US utility sector through a new phishing campaign.  Between July 19 and July 25 2019, the hackers sent phishing emails to three utility companies in the US. In each case, the hackers attempted to infect the organization’s … Read more

Ransomware Attack at Imperial Health Affects 110,000 Patients

A ransomware attack at Imperial Health has compromised the protected health information of more than 116,000 patients.   On May 19, 2019, Imperial Health, a physicians’ network in Southwest Louisiana, discovered that an unauthorized party had installed ransomware onto the network, encrypting files and a database used by the Imperial Health’s Center for Orthopaedics (CFO). … Read more

Wise Health Phishing Attack Affects 36,000 Patients

Wise Health System is sending breach notification letters to 36,000 patients following a phishing attack on their system. Wise Health System is a health care system with over 1,900 employees based in Decatur, Texas. The breach occurred on March 14, 2019, when a hacker sent phishing emails to employees of the organization. Several employees were … Read more

Microsoft July 2019 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has issued patches for 77 vulnerabilities this Patch Tuesday. Of the vulnerabilities, 15 were rated critical and two were actively exploited zero day vulnerabilities.  Six of the vulnerabilities patched this month had been previously disclosed to the public. The two actively exploited zero-days are both privilege escalation vulnerabilities. The first – CVE-2019-0880 – affects … Read more