News Center Maine, June 16, 2021
Criminals usually target hospitals for medical records, since they can sell for 200 to 500 dollars on the dark web compared to 14 dollars for financial records.
American College of Radiology, June 16, 2021
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is encouraging organizations to familiarize themselves with the growing threat of ransomware — malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until an amount of money (ransom) is paid — and to take steps to avoid the threat. HHS recently provided links to online government resources to help healthcare facilities protect their computer systems from the ransomware threat.
SC Media, June 16, 2021
Stillwater Medical Center was hit with a ransomware attack on June 13 and is currently operating under electronic health record downtime as it attempts to bring its systems back online. The health system operates a number of care sites, specialist offices, hospitals and clinics in Oklahoma.
Today’s Medical Developments, June 11, 2021
Rise in ransomware attacks forcing hospitals to harden cybersecurity.
Cybercriminals have stepped up their game during the pandemic, launching ransomware attacks at a frenzied pace. In 2020, more than 90 U.S. healthcare organizations reported ransomware attacks, which affected over 600 separate clinics, hospitals and organizations and 18 million-plus patient records.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 10, 2021
This past year, we’ve witnessed doctors, nurses and hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic performing heroically in the face of the most difficult circumstances seen in a century. Just as it seems hospitals and health-care systems may be rounding a corner on coronavirus, the cybersecurity threat has been covertly plaguing our hospital systems and critical care facilities.
Health IT Security, June 10, 2021
In response to ongoing ransomware attacks targeting operational tech assets and control systems of critical infrastructure entities, CISA published a guide to mitigation and response.
Health IT Security, June 9, 2021
CyberMDX’s Ido Geffen takes a hard look at ransomware attacks within a healthcare environment, including what providers are getting wrong and needed security mitigations.
Health IT Security, June 7, 2021
Reports show UF Health in Central Florida leadership is looking into a cyberattack against two of its hospitals, while operating under EHR downtime procedures.
Tech Republic, June 3, 2021
A new White House memo to business leaders underscores the threat of ransomware and offers advice on how to protect their companies.
MSN, May 23, 2021
The ransomware attack that hobbled the Irish healthcare system was far from an isolated incident. BleepingComputer and Gizmodo note that the FBI has issued a flash alert warning that the ransomware group behind the Ireland attack also targeted “at least” 16 healthcare and emergency networks, including police and 911 dispatch centers. The group used Conti ransomware that steals files, encrypts systems and pressures victims into paying through a portal lest their data be sold or published online.