Tag Archives: Healthcare

Medical records threatened by bugs

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Yet again a healthcare operation has failed to meet acceptable standards of cybersecurity. OpenEMR is an internationally-deployed patient and practice management software system, storing the medical records of nearly 100 million patients from across the world. Due to the timely intervention of Project Security, an information security education platform, the… Read more »

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Data breach infects Singapore healthcare group

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Yet another healthcare provider has fallen victim to a major hack – this time in Singapore.  SingHealth, the island city-state’s largest healthcare group, has been hit by a data breach resulting in the theft of personal details from 1.5 million of its patients over the past three years. The hackers… Read more »

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Investors back new medical cybersecurity outfit

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The healthcare sector has suffered more than its fair share of cyberattacks in recent times. In order to protect hard-pressed medical organisations from crippling incursions resulting from the growing connectedness of medical devices, several new specialist security firms are entering the market. The latest is a New-York based start-up called… Read more »

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Do health wearables pose a security risk?

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On one level, wearable healthcare could be the answer to many of the problems faced by patients, hospitals and medical practitioners – by providing better monitoring, freeing up beds and saving money. On the other hand, they could add another cybersecurity risk to the already hard-pressed healthcare industry. While clinical… Read more »

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More medical records exposed

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The general health of cybersecurity in the medical profession can only be described as parlous. Yet another case of lame practice has resulted in the sensitive medical records of 150,000 patients (including sensitive medical information such as blood test results), amounting to more than 47GB of data, being left for… Read more »

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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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