The latest hospital cyber-attack [March 18] has been reported by a small-town rural hospital in Colorado.
The hospital discovered it had a computer virus that had collected and encrypted patient data in a hidden file system. As a result, some 5,400 patients were mailed breach notification letters on March 17.
Back in January, the 80-bed Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, discovered several of its computers had a virus that had copied screen shots of the computers and stored these images in an encrypted, hidden folder on the Valley View Hospital system, which could have been accessed by an outside entity, officials say.
The information collected by the virus included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, credit card data, patient visit numbers, and admission and discharge dates.