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25,000 Patients’ Data Exposed in Email Hack

Approximately 25,000 patients are being notified by Adirondack Health that their protected health information (PHI) may have been obtained by a hacker. Vermont-based Adirondack Health is part of the Adirondacks Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Adirondacks ACO analyses health data for the entire region and is made up of all the Adirondack region’s hospitals. The Breach …

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An Analysis of Cybersecurity Practices in the Healthcare Industry

A recent report by KLAS and CHIME looked at the cybersecurity practices of healthcare providers, based on recent guidance issued on cybersecurity practices in the healthcare industry. The results? Although some best practices seem to be on the radars of organizations of all sizes, overall findings suggest that small practices have some work to do. …

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Hackers Using Social Profiles

Facebook Status: Away on Vacation Social media is great for a lot of things.  Sharing photos, reconnecting with old friends, finding like-minded people and groups to share ideas and hobbies.  But when does sharing become oversharing? Hackers gain access to your personal data via your profile and the information you share there – and you …

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Lawsuit Filed Against the University of Chicago Medical Center and Google over Data Sharing

A potential class action lawsuit has been filed against the University of Chicago Medical Center (UChicago Medicine) by a former patient, claiming his and thousands of other patients’ medical records were shared with Google without authorization and without removing identifying information. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District …

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NEO Urology Suffers Ransomware Attack, Pays $75,000 Ransom

Cybercriminals continue to flex their muscles on the healthcare industry with ransomware hitting an Ohio medical practice earlier this month. NEO Urology in Boardman, Ohio, suffered a complex ransomware attack, with hackers encrypting the organization’s entire computer system. According to a report from local news agency WFMJ, The attack on NEO Urology occurred on June …

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Preventing Medical Identity Theft

Earlier this month, a data breach affecting Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, and Opko was announced, stemming from an incident caused by the collections vendor, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). Now, the number of individuals who had their medical and personal information compromised by the incident has exceeded 20 million, bringing up major concerns of medical identity …

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10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

In 2018, 71% of ransomware attacks targeted small businesses, according to a report by Beazley Breach Response Services. It’s clear that small businesses are a cybercriminals favorite target, yet many remain unprepared to handle a cyber-attack. Is it that small businesses don’t care about cybersecurity? It wouldn’t be fair to make that assumption; however, small …

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10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

In 2018, 71% of ransomware attacks targeted small businesses, according to a report by Beazley Breach Response Services. It’s clear that small businesses are a cybercriminals favorite target, yet many remain unprepared to handle a cyber-attack. Is it that small businesses don’t care about cybersecurity? It wouldn’t be fair to make that assumption; however, small …

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Quest Diagnostics Data Breach Could Impact Nearly 12 Million Patients

Quest Diagnostics, one of the country’s largest blood testing providers announced on Monday that nearly 12 million patients may have had their sensitive information compromised in a data breach. The breach occurred at one of Quest’s billing collections vendors, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA). Quest was notified on May 14, that between August 1, 2018, …

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$100,000 Settlement Reached for 2015 HIPAA Breach

Medical Informatics Engineering, Inc. (MIE), a software and electronic medical records service provider has paid the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $100,000 to settle a HIPAA breach from 2015. The Indiana-based company reported the data breach to OCR on July 23, 2015, following the discovery that …

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