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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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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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Inside Breach Exposes Hospital Data

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Alabama’s Flowers Hospital recently began notifying an undisclosed number of patients that their personal information may have been stolen by a former employee. “Flowers Hospital’s laboratory processes lab tests submitted to us by your health care provider,” hospital privacy officer Patti Hatcher explained in a notification letter. “Unfortunately, we discovered on… Read more »

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Healthcare giant Kaiser notifies 49,000 patients of privacy breach

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Kaiser has suffered a privacy breach at its Anaheim Medical Center. The breach is thought to have affected at least 49,000 of the healthcare company’s patients. A computer flash drive was reported missed at the hospital on September 25th 2013. The storage drive did not include social security numbers or… Read more »

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California based health system suffers data breach

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A third party vendor removed electronic security safeguards from a California based Health System server which exposed the data of 32,500 patients who had received treatment at Goleta Valley College Hospital, Santa Barbara. Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in Solvang, and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital were also affected between September… Read more »

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McAfee warns of ObamaCare Phishing Scams

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Phishing attacks are designed to dupe users into revealing credit-card numbers or other confidential data by delivering fake links or attachments in emails and messages on social media sites. Leading internet security firm McAfee warned earlier this month that hackers are likely to take advantage of the rollout of Obamacare… Read more »

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FDA calls for more secure medical devices

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for medical device makers to protect their products from cyber attacks, Scientific American has reported. Because computer viruses, which are growing evermore common, do not differentiate between laptop computers or hospital machinery, there is growing concern that malware could affect everything from… Read more »

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1,350 medical records mistakenly published on hospital website

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Over 1,300 Sonoma Valley Hospital patients have been told that some of their private medical information was mistakenly posted on the hospital’s website. The file contained the name, surgeon, date of procedure, hospital charges and insurance company name of patients who had surgery at the California hospital between July 1st,… Read more »

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1,400 medical records go missing in Miami

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Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, has offered more than 1,400 patients free credit protection services after their medical records went missing in January. The documents were either on their way to be scanned electronically or returning from that process when they disappeared. The Hospital’s Chief Executive Carlos Migoya said… Read more »

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Health record hackers encrypt and hold data for ransom

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We usually think of hack attacks for financial gains taking the form of copying credit card and other financial information from companies’ servers and selling it on the black market. But new tactics are coming about – tactics which cyber criminals are using with increasing frequency. Hackers are now beginning… Read more »

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