Maryland officials confirm that a December cyberattack on the state's health department, which is still disrupting some services, involved ransomware - but that no ransom was paid. Also, lawsuits have been filed against a Florida specialty pharmacy in the wake of a November cyber incident.
A Chicago-based fertility center has reported that a hacking incident detected in February 2021 has affected the protected health information of nearly 80,000 individuals. The breach is among the latest major security incidents involving fertility healthcare providers.
A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against a practice management and electronic health records vendor in the wake of a 2021 cyberattack affecting nearly 320,000 individuals. Among other demands, the lawsuit seeks a long list of security improvements by the company.
A Florida public hospital system has kicked off the New Year of breaches by reporting to regulators a hacking incident detected in October that involved data exfiltration affecting the personal information of more than 1.3 million patients and employees.
Health technology providers - including makers of mobile health apps, personal health records, fitness devices and other related products - must keep a watchful eye on critical evolving privacy and regulatory issues in the months ahead, says attorney Brad Rostolsky of the law firm Reed Smith.
Two years into the pandemic, pharmaceutical firms remain a top target for cybercriminals, and that trend will undoubtedly persist in 2022, says Paul Prudhomme, a former Department of Defense threat analyst who is now a researcher with cybersecurity threat intelligence firm IntSights.
Two healthcare sector entities are in the process of notifying a total of nearly 750,000 individuals of recent hacks compromising patients' protected health information. Separately, regulators have issued HIPAA guidance pertaining to PHI disclosures involving "extreme risk" and firearms.
A Kentucky-based medical specialty practice is notifying nearly 107,000 individuals that their information was potentially compromised in a recent email hack. Meanwhile, a Missouri medical center is still dealing with a phone and IT systems outage that started last week.
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A New Jersey cancer treatment center and two of its affiliated entities have agreed to pay $425,000 and to bolster data security and privacy practices in a settlement with state regulators in the wake of two related 2019 data breaches.
Federal regulators are warning healthcare sector entities worldwide that an authentication vulnerability in a variety of Hillrom Welch Allyn cardio products, if exploited, could allow attackers access to privileged accounts. Why is the flaw so worrisome for some healthcare IT environments?
A medical biller in Florida and an emergency medical technician in New York have each pleaded guilty in two separate federal cases involving the criminal misuse of patient information. One case involved healthcare fraud and identity theft, and the other criminal HIPAA violations.
The Department of Health and Human Services has revealed its taken enforcement actions against five more healthcare providers in cases involving alleged failure to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule right of access provision. One includes a rare civil monetary penalty, which was levied against a physician.
An Ohio-based DNA testing company reported to regulators that the information of more than 2.1 million individuals contained in a legacy database was accessed and acquired in a hacking incident detected in August. The archived database contained personal information collected more than a decade ago.
Criminals have been selling fake vaccine certificates online, claiming to be able to fool systems designed to verify the certificates' validity, researchers warn. Authorities, meanwhile, warn that fraudsters continue to target all things COVID-19, including selling scam vaccine passports.