ransomware attacks

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Report: Ransomware Attacks on IoT Medical Devices Will Likely Increase

Heather Landi | Healthcare Informatics | November 29, 2016

Cyber attackers are increasingly breaching Internet-enabled medical devices using ransomware and this is likely to continue for the next two to four years, according to Intel Security’s recent McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report. According to the threat predictions report, in which Intel Security interviewed 31 security thought leaders, while it is not currently known why attackers are breaching medical devices that collect patient data, the attacks are happening and medical data is being exfiltrated...

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Securing Health Data Means Going Well Beyond HIPAA

Jon R. Anderson | GovTech Works | August 17, 2017

A two-decade-old law designed to protect patients’ privacy may be preventing health care organizations from doing more to protect vulnerable health care data from theft or abuse. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) established strict rules for how health data can be stored and shared. But in making health care providers vigilant about privacy protection, HIPAA may inadvertently distract providers from focusing on something just as important: overall information security...

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So...Is Paying Ransom What Bitcoin Is For?

The tech, law enforcement, and privacy worlds are abuzz with the recent decision by Apple to refuse to help the FBI crack the security on an iPhone, even though the iPhone in question belonged to an alleged terrorist/mass murderer.  As fascinating and important as that story is, I was even more interested in another cybersecurity story, about a hospital paying ransom to hackers in order to regain access to its own computer systems. This was not the first such occurrence, and it won't be the last.