Tag Archives: ransomware

Forrester Cyber Predictions for 2017: Harsh Reality

Forrester recently issued its “2017 Predictions: Dynamics that Will Shape the Future in the Age of the Consumer,” which among others, makes interesting predictions relating to cybersecurity risks coming up in 2017. The predictions include: The CIO and the Brass Ring—“In 2017, CIOs will take the plunge and become business leaders to address external and … Continue Reading

Malware Attacks Against Health Care Sector Rose 67 percent in Q3 of 2016

The NTT Security Q3 Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report states that the healthcare industry is the fifth most targeted industry for ransomware (behind financial services, retail, manufacturing and technology) for all cyber attacks. Malware increased in the health care sector by 67 percent in the third quarter of 2016. Viruses and worms account for 63 percent … Continue Reading

CryptoWall Ransomware Hits New Jersey Spine Center

The New Jersey Spine Center was hit with a variant of CryptoWall  ransomware on July 27, 2016 that encrypted its electronic health record and its backup files. A double whammy. 28,000 patient records, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and account information were part of the files that the hackers were able … Continue Reading

Yuba Sutter Medical Center Hit With Ransomware

Yuba Sutter Medical Center in California (Yuba Sutter) has notified its patients that it has suffered a recent ransomware attack that caused parts of its network to be incapacitated. As a result, patient files were unable to be accessed, and patient treatment was delayed. The attack occurred on August 3, 2016, and clinical data and … Continue Reading

Locky Ransomware Continues to Hit Health Care Entities

FireEye Labs has reported that the Locky ransomware continues to hit the health care industry hard and has increased in the month of August. Although the telecommunications, manufacturing, and aerospace/defense industries are also being targeted with Locky ransomware, the health care industry is being attacked with greater frequency and intensity. The health care industry should … Continue Reading

Ransomware and Malware Continue to Plague Health Care Organizations

We continue to warn health care organizations about the real and serious risks associated with ransomware and malware, but organizations don’t prepare for it adequately and are getting hit hard. Just this past week, several healthcare organizations have publicly announced that they have been victims of ransomware and malware. The organizations include a dermatology practice … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #46 – Protect Your Home Computer from Ramsomware

Even though we have reported numerous accounts of ransomware attacks against businesses, according to a recent survey, individuals continue to be the primary target by hackers employing ransomware. Individual home computers are easy targets for hackers because individuals usually do not invest as much in data security measures as businesses do. The ransomware surfaces with … Continue Reading

Symantec releases “Ransomware and Businesses” report

Symantec Corp released its annual “Ransomware and Businesses” report this week outlining the increasing sophistication of ransomware attacks. Individuals continue to be the primary target of ransomware attacks as they usually have the weakest security measures. Although the health care industry has clearly been targeted recently, the report states that the service industry and manufacturing … Continue Reading

World Energy Council warns utility industry of advanced malware

The World Energy Council recently warned the utility industry that one of the top threats to the energy sector is advanced malware attacks. The warning noted that the utility sector is vulnerable because of the size of the organizations, which lend them to have multiple networks, including industrial control systems, payment systems and customer service … Continue Reading

Think you’re covered? Think again

This article courtesy of guest blogger Alfonso Nardi, a student at Roger Williams University School of Law Commercial General Liability policies (CGL) typically do not include data protection loss coverage, although some insurers offer additional data protection endorsements. Normally those additional endorsements only cover data losses caused by physical damage. That means, if your employee damages … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #29 – U.S. + Canada issue joint ransomware special alert—read and follow recommendations

We have frequently alerted individuals and companies about the increasing risk and success posed by sophisticated phishing schemes. It has become such a real and grave problem that the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team of the Department of Homeland Security (US-CERT) has teamed up with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre to issue a joint … Continue Reading

MedStar Health newest healthcare victim of cyber-attack

MedStar Health has announced that it has shut down its electronic medical record system after confirming that it has been struck with malware. MedStar indicated that it doesn’t yet know whether the virus is ransomware similar to other recent attacks against health care entities, but that no protected health information has been compromised. MedStar, which … Continue Reading

TruShield report says more cyber-threats in 2016 than ever before

TruShield released its 2015 Annual Cyber Threat Intelligence Report, and the outlook: 2016 will see even more ransomware and phishing attacks than last year. And guess who is facing the biggest threat? Law firms. Paul Caiazzo, principal, chief security architect for TruShield says, “The attackers know law firms process highly sensitive information for their clients, … Continue Reading
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