Chinese and North Korean nation-state groups continue to pose significant "unique threats" to the U.S. healthcare and public health sector, including data exfiltration attacks involving espionage and intellectual property theft, federal authorities warned Thursday in a brief naming the top groups.
An Ohio community college is notifying 290,000 people of a data theft breach this spring that may have compromised their personal and health information. Security researchers say small schools such as this are now favored targets. Some 80% of schools have reported hacking incidents in the past year.
Federal authorities are warning of "significant risk" for potential attacks on healthcare and public health sector entities by the North Korean state-sponsored Lazarus Group involving exploitation of a critical vulnerability in 24 Zoho ManageEngine products.
Any healthcare organization that embeds tracking technologies in its website should carefully review whether it is inadvertently violating HIPAA or other federal regulations, said Nick Heesters, senior adviser for cybersecurity at the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
The list of healthcare entities affected by MOVEit file transfer hacks continues to grow. Nuance Communications acknowledged that hackers had stolen data belonging to 14 of its clients, all North Carolina medical providers. Hackers may have obtained diagnostic information including imaging reports.
Generative AI holds great potential for many amazing applications in healthcare, but it's critical to establish a strong framework before deploying it, said Barbee Mooneyhan, vice president of security, IT and privacy of Woebot Health, a provider of AI-driven online mental health services.
The drumbeat for potential federal legislation to better protect sensitive health information - or at least new regulations - appears to be growing louder in Congress. One of the Senate's four lawmaker doctors is quizzing the healthcare industry on ways to safeguard health data.
Authorities are warning of threats posed by Akira, a ransomware group that surfaced in March and has been linked to dozens of attacks on small and midsized entities. The group is targeting many industries, including healthcare, and seems to favor entities that lack MFA on VPNs.
Federal regulators have smacked a large California health plan with a $1.3 million fine to settle potential HIPAA violations for two relatively small breaches that affected about 2,250 individuals. But officials indicate "long-standing HIPAA deficiencies" were a "systemic" problem at the insurer.
A federal judge has given the green light for attorneys to proceed with a consolidated class action lawsuit against Meta that accuses the social media giant of intercepting sensitive health information with its Pixel tracking tools used in numerous healthcare websites and patient portals.
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In the aftermath of mergers and acquisitions among healthcare entities - and the resulting IT integration and cost-cutting moves - gaps in technology and skills and other gaps often put organizations at higher risk for attacks and other security incidents, said Jack Danahy of NuHarbor Security.
The number of connected devices used in healthcare is growing as manufacturers constantly introduce new types of IoT equipment. The ever-evolving threat landscape is making it harder for many entities, particularly outpatient care providers, to keep up, said Justin Foster, CTO of Forescout.
An Alabama pediatric dental practice is notifying nearly 130,000 patients that their sensitive information was compromised in a recent cyberattack. The entity appears to have potentially paid a ransom in exchange for a promise by hackers to destroy breached data without further releasing it.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services have publicly named 130 hospitals and telehealth companies that were recently warned that the use of online tracking tools in their websites or mobile apps potentially violates federal data privacy and security regulations.