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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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Healthcare number one target of cyber attacks

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The new front line in the world of cyber attacks? Medical professionals and specifically, hospitals. Hospitals are increasingly vulnerable because although they may be running perfectly serviceable programmes, much of the equipment is not user-serviceable so won’t feature the latest updates. A potential hallmark of these attacks is to install… Read more »

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Medical device security outdated – report

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A BBC report has revealed that medical devices – namely infusion pumps used to dispense drugs in hospitals – could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. The supplier at the centre of the report is a company called Hospira who are owned by Pfizer. Hospira have told the BBC that several… 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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Healthcare industry new favourite of hackers

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that no industry is immune to cyber attacks, and lately, it seems that healthcare providers are the hackers’ new favourite. Attacks on these organisations have been ramping up in the last few months and a recent report on email trustworthiness found that emails appearing to come… Read more »

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