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Ransomware affecting hospital

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Attacks using ransomware is a growing trend amongst cyber criminals, and as such an increasing cyber security risk. In its simplest form, it is the practice of disabling a network or preventing access to it and demanding money in exchange for restored access. This can be devastating for commercial organisations… Read more »

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Hospital cyber attack affects patients

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One of Melbourne‚Äôs largest hospitals has recently been the victim of a computer virus leaving a trail of chaos in its wake. As the majority of hospital processes, including appointment scheduling and medical history records, are reliant upon the use of a computer network the hospital has had to revert… Read more »

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Healthcare sector over three times more likely to be targeted by hackers

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A recent study has found that the healthcare industry is 340% more likely to be targeted by hackers than other sectors. The reason for this seems simply to be both the range and sensitivity of the information that may be kept about individuals in a healthcare context; information on health… Read more »

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Study reveals privacy gaps in NHS-endorsed apps

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A recent study by students at Imperial College London has found that some health apps approved by the NHS sent personal data without encryption, thereby leaving users vulnerable to cyber hacking. These apps were meant to be watertight from a security viewpoint and have now been removed from circulation. Some… Read more »

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London hospital mistakenly exposes HIV clinic attendee details

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A security breach affecting a London clinic has revealed the identities of nearly 800 people who attended HIV clinics. The cause of the breach? Simple human error. Names were included for all to see in an email newsletter; the document was sent to all recipients as a group message rather… Read more »

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UCLA Health System suffers massive data breach

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It seems that another security breach has occurred within the US healthcare sector after it was announced that there was an incursion of the UCLA Health System affecting 4.5 million individuals. It looks as if this has been an on-going and undetected breach for several months. The hackers have had… Read more »

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Beacon Health reveals 2013 hack

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Beacon Health Systems, a US-based health agency, has revealed that it was the target of cyber attacks as far back as late 2013. Beacon has claimed that there is no evidence that personal data accessed in these attacks has been misused by the hackers. Access was gained via employee email… Read more »

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Medical information of 11 million exposed

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Is 2015 the year of the healthcare hack? Health insurer Premera Blue Cross is the latest victim of a hack attack after it found that financial and medical information belonging to upwards of 11 million customers may have been exposed. The news comes just weeks after the large scale data… Read more »

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Up to 18.8m non-customers of hacked insurer could be affected by breach

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Earlier this month, health insurance company Anthem, the second-largest in the US, announced that its systems had been hit by a massive data breach affecting nearly 80m individuals. Not all were Anthem customers, however. Upon further investigation, the company recently found that between 8.8m and 18.8m members of other plans… Read more »

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Six fired after California hospital privacy breach

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Five workers and a student researcher at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood have been fired for viewing the private medical records of 14 patients, including those of celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian. All patients were notified of the privacy breach, which occurred between June 18th and June 24th. Kardashian gave… Read more »

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