The good, the bad and the plain ugly

A prolific ransomware gang vows to dial back its campaigns and spare healthcare organizations altogether during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s no cause for celebration. When ransomware attacks a healthcare establishment, it can have a devastating effect. This was witnessed in 2017, when WannaCryptor.D (aka WannaCry) hit multiple sites across the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, limiting their ability to … More The good, the bad and the plain ugly

Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

The incidents send medical staff back to the days of pen and paper. Several hospitals in the United States and Australia have been paralyzed by ransomware attacks, leading to the cancellation of all but the most urgent appointments and surgeries. In the US, the outbreak affected three Alabama-based healthcare providers – DCH Regional Medical Center, … More Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

Software bugs put nearly 100 million health records at risk of exposure

The slew of vulnerabilities – since patched – were found without the use of automated testing tools. A team of seven researchers has discovered more than 20 security vulnerabilities in OpenEMR, an open-sourceapplication used worldwide for the electronic management of the medical records of almost 100 million people. In keeping with the principles of responsible disclosure, … More Software bugs put nearly 100 million health records at risk of exposure

One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Almost one in five (18%) employees in the healthcare industry in the United States and Canada said that they would be willing to give access to confidential medical data about patients to an unauthorized outsider for financial gain, a survey for Accenture has revealed. They would expect no more than $500 to $1,000 for their login credentials … More One in five healthcare employees willing to sell patient data, study finds

Healthcare providers ‘cannot be complacent over data security’

Consumers have placed a high level of trust in healthcare organizations to keep their digital data safe, but companies cannot afford to take such good relationships for granted. That is the main finding of a new report from Accenture, which found that 84% of consumers trust their physician or healthcare provider to keep data secure, … More Healthcare providers ‘cannot be complacent over data security’