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US healthcare giant suffers another data breach

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Hot on the heels of one of the largest pay-outs in data breach history (a cool $115m to cover the credit monitoring of some 79 million individuals), Anthem Inc – the number one provider of health insurance in America – has admitted to another haemorrhage of sensitive information on over… Read more »

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US healthcare security showing signs of recovery

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2016 was a bumper year for healthcare data breaches in the US, with 328 medical businesses suffering security failures – up from 268 in 2015. The stats for 2017 are more encouraging however, showing a decrease in the number of leaked records in the year so far. The worst case… Read more »

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Health firm fined for IVF security failure

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American healthcare giant HCA International, which owns a number of private hospitals in London, has received a £200,000 fine and a public rebuke from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after patients at its Lister Hospital in Chelsea had their IVF data leaked online. In 2015 a patient discovered that doctors’… Read more »

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Profitable ransomware industry with a conscience

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Cyber security firm McAfee reports that ransomware attacks have increased by 128% over the past year, with one attacker netting $120m in just six months. Despite these stats, the story has a heart-warming element. On underground forums some of the usually rather more unscrupulous hackers have condemned their peers for… Read more »

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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’s 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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Many medical devices exposed to hacking

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By creating fake devices which they used to lure hackers, researchers have revealed that medical machines such as MRI scanners may be vulnerable to security breaches. The researchers sourced these vulnerabilities via a search engine called Shodan which has been specifically created to look for devices which connect to the… 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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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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