Healthcare


  • Oxford University infectious disease experts provide evidence for a coronavirus mobile app for instant contact tracing

    March 17, 2020

    For Immediate Release Oxford University – 17 March 2020: A team of medical research and bioethics experts at Oxford University are supporting several European governments to explore the feasibility of a coronavirus mobile app for instant contact tracing. If rapidly and widely deployed, the infectious disease experts believe such an app could significantly help to contain the ...

  • Hackers attacked a US health agency’s computer system in an attempt to slow down its COVID-19 response

    March 16, 2020

    As the US ramps up its response to the spread of COVID-19, the Health and Human Services Department was hit with a cyberattack, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Citing three unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that the cyberattack aimed to slow down HHS computer systems Sunday night, but were unsuccessful in ...

  • Dutch government loses hard drives with data of 6.9 million registered donors

    March 11, 2020

    The Dutch government said it lost two external hard disk storage devices that contained the personal data of more than 6.9 million organ donors. The hard drives stored electronic copies of all donor forms filed with the Dutch Donor Register between February 1998 to June 2010, officials from the Dutch Minister of Health, Wellness, and Sport ...

  • Nasty phishing scams aim to exploit coronavirus fears

    March 6, 2020

    Cyber criminals are aiming to take advantage of fears over coronavirus as a means of conducting phishing attacks and spreading malware, along with stealing login credentials and credit card details. Cybersecurity companies have identified a number of campaigns by hackers who are attempting to exploit concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak for their own criminal ends. Crooks often use ...

  • BlueKeep Flaw Plagues Outdated Connected Medical Devices

    February 19, 2020

    While Microsoft issued patches for the infamous BlueKeep vulnerability almost a year ago, researchers warn that almost half of connected medical devices in hospitals run on outdated Windows versions that are still vulnerable to the remote desktop protocol (RDP) flaw. Researchers said they found that 22 percent of a typical hospital’s Windows devices were vulnerable to BlueKeep. Even ...

  • Matters of Life and Death: Cyber Security and Medical Devices

    February 3, 2020

    Concerns about the vulnerabilities of medical devices to cyber attacks are spurring a new focus on the need to protect patient safety, data and hospital systems It’s a scenario right out of a Hollywood blockbuster. Without a word of warning, medical devices regulating everything from heartbeat to insulin levels across a hospital system begin behaving erratically ...

  • A Ransomware Prescription for the Healthcare Industry

    January 29, 2020

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of ransomware’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ransomware attacks resumed with a vengeance last year, despite conjecture by some researchers that CPU mining would overtake ransomware as a leading threat vector. Instead, the ransomware threat is stronger than ever, impacting more than 750 healthcare providers and racking up recovery costs approaching $4 billion. Some healthcare ...

  • Cyber-security breaches at 67 percent of healthcare organisations last year

    January 16, 2020

    A survey has found that a large portion of healthcare organisations in the UK experienced cyber-security incidents last year, which were mostly due to employees sharing data. According to new research, in the last 12 months, 67 percent of healthcare organisations in the UK suffered a cyber-security incident. The data was compiled by Clearswift, which surveyed senior business decision makers ...

  • Alabama Hospitals Pay Up in Ransomware Attack

    October 7, 2019

    An Alabama hospital system has paid its attackers in a ransomware attack that knocked its systems offline on Oct. 1. Officials at the DCH Health System didn’t say how much the hospitals paid for the decryption key, but noted that they have started a “methodical” process of system restoration. “We have been using our own DCH backup ...

  • Securing the Industrial Internet of Things: Addressing IIoT Risks in Healthcare

    October 2, 2019

    The constant quest for prolonging and preserving human life has continually driven technologies to develop groundbreaking innovations in the delivery of healthcare services and state-of-the-art treatments. Like in many other enterprises, the industrial internet of things (IIoT) has rapidly transformed the network and data infrastructure in health and medicine. With the IIoT, medical data and information have ...

  • FDA Warns Against URGENT/11 Vulnerabilities Affecting Medical Devices and Hospital Networks

    October 1, 2019

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing patients, health care providers and facility staff, and manufacturers about cybersecurity vulnerabilities that may introduce risks for certain medical devices and hospital networks. The FDA is not aware of any confirmed adverse events related to these vulnerabilities. However, software to exploit these vulnerabilities is already publicly ...

  • NHS staff issued with fresh cyber security guidance

    September 23, 2019

    NHS Digital has launched an organisation-wide cyber security campaign to provide staff with the most up-to-date guidance on how to avoid and mitigate potential cyber threats and data breaches. With the NHS being one of the biggest direct and indirect targets for cyber criminals, NHS Digital’s ‘Keep I.T. Confidential‘ campaign is hoping to educate the workforce on the ...

  • NHS must spend now to prevent devastation of ‘WannaCry 2.0’

    July 4, 2019

    The government must urgently pump more money into cyber securitywithin the NHS to plug gaps that render the healthcare system vulnerable to an attack more destructive than the WannaCry saga. Although many positive steps have been taken since the 2017 attack, a lack of investment, a deficit of skills and awareness, and the use of out-dated systems are ...

  • MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records

    June 28, 2019

    Millions of records containing personal information and medical insurance data were exposed by a database belonging to insurance marketing website MedicareSupplement.com. An online database belonging to insurance marketing website MedicareSupplement.com was found exposing more than 5 million records with personal information. MedicareSupplement.com is a U.S.-based marketing site that allows users to find supplemental medical insurance available in their ...

  • Massive Quest Diagnostics data breach impacts 12 million patients

    June 4, 2019

    A massive data breach has struck Quest Diagnostics and the information of up to 11.9 million patients has potentially been compromised. On Monday, the US clinical laboratory said that American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a billing collections provider that works with Quest, informed the company that an unauthorized user had managed to obtain access to AMCA systems. Through the ...

  • Millions of Medical Documents for Addiction and Recovery Patients Leaked

    April 22, 2019

    The information includes data on all rehab treatments and procedures, linked with patients’ names and other info. As if wrestling with addiction and recovery weren’t difficult enough, tens of thousands of patients of a rehab clinic in Pennsylvania may find their personal information hijacked and manipulated by identity thieves or extortionists. An ElasticSearch database that was left ...

  • Pharma Giant Bayer ‘Contains’ Cyber Attack

    April 4, 2019

    German firm detected hacker code and covertly monitored it for over a year, before clearing it from network Security officials at the German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences giant Bayer AG seem to be on the ball after they detected and then contained a cyber attack. It is reported that the Winnti hacking group had gained access ...

  • Medtronic’s Implantable Defibrillators Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

    March 22, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Thursday issued an advisory warning people of severe vulnerabilities in over a dozen heart defibrillators that could allow attackers to fully hijack them remotely, potentially putting lives of millions of patients at risk. Cardioverter Defibrillator is a small surgically implanted device (in patients’ chests) that gives a patient’s heart an ...

  • How to Attack and Defend a Prosthetic Arm

    February 26, 2019

    The IoT world has long since grown beyond the now-ubiquitous smartwatches, smartphones, smart coffee machines, cars capable of sending tweets and Facebook posts and other stuff like fridges that send spam. Today’s IoT world now boasts state-of-the-art solutions that quite literally help people. Take, for example, the biomechanical prosthetic arm made by Motorica Inc. This ...

  • Ransomware encrypts Australian cardiac clinic’s patient files

    February 21, 2019

    Employees of Melbourne Heart Group in Malvern, Australia, have been unable to access patients’ medical records following a January ransomware attack that encrypted the health care provider’s files. The cardiology clinic disclosed the incident today on its website’s home page. “We have been assured that no patient’s privacy has been compromised in any way,” the statement reads. ...