COVID pandemic causes spike in cyberattacks against hospitals, medical companies

Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations have doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, research suggests. On Wednesday, IBM released the company’s annual X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, which analyzed data from the previous year to track the evolution of new threats, malware development, and Read More …

Medical Device Security: Diagnosis Critical

A hacked insulin pump is the last thing a diabetic wants to worry about when life-saving fluids are pumped into their body. Sadly, concerns about medical device IT security are a healthcare reality. Last year, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Read More …

Hackers leak stolen Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data online

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today revealed that some of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data stolen from its servers in December was leaked online. EMA is a decentralized agency responsible for reviewing and approving COVID-19 vaccines, as well as for Read More …

Disgruntled Former Employee Disrupted Shipments of Needed PPE During Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States last spring, a Georgia-based medical equipment packaging company worked to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical workers treating sick patients. But a disgruntled former employee thwarted those efforts at a time Read More …

European Medicines Agency says it has been targeted by cyber attack

In a short statement published on its website, the agency said: “EMA has been the subject of a cyberattack. The agency has swiftly launched a full investigation, in close cooperation with law enforcement and other relevant entities. “EMA cannot provide Read More …

Brooklyn & Vermont hospitals are latest Ryuk ransomware victims

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn and the University of Vermont Health Network are the latest victims of the Ryuk ransomware attack spree covering the healthcare industry across the U.S. Yesterday, the U.S. government hosted an emergency call with stakeholders Read More …

FBI warning: Trickbot and ransomware attackers plan big hit on US hospitals

US healthcare providers, already under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, have been put on high alert over Trickbot malware and ransomware targeting the sector. The warning over an “imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers” comes from the Read More …