Report: New ransomware found in targeted attacks against health care industry

A unique variant of ransomware that appears to have been designed for and used against healthcare companies was recently uncovered by security researcher with cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.

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Pacemaker updates seal vulnerabilities affecting nearly a half-million U.S. patients

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 3 weeks ago

Pacemakers from Abbott Laboratories can be hacked due to three significant vulnerabilities, the Department of Homeland Security's CERT team announced on Tuesday.

CareFirst customers granted right to sue over 2014 cyberattack

by Ryan Johnston • 2 months ago

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court's decision to dismiss a class action suit on Tuesday.

Merck IT systems still crippled in Petya's aftermath

by Kevin Collier • 3 months ago

Four days after its networks were infected, operations are still hamstrung at the pharmaceutical giant. U.S. employees have been reduced to keeping paper records of their work.

10 ways to secure sensitive information on AWS

by cyber_admin • 3 months ago

Op-ed: Skyhigh Networks' Sekhar Sarukkai looks at how enterprises should protect themselves in order to avoid a repeat of the Deep Root Analytics incident.

Former CIA head: health care industry must quickly confront cybersecurity issues

by Ryan Johnston • 3 months ago

The health sector's continued expansion of network-connected technology will force greater cyber security efforts than ever before.

HHS faces flak over new cyber center

by Shaun Waterman • 3 months ago

There's concern from some in the healthcare sector and key lawmakers about the Department of Health and Human Services' new national cybersecurity intelligence-sharing clearinghouse.

Few U.S. hospitals secure their email against phishing, Global Cyber Alliance says

by Shaun Waterman • 3 months ago

Fewer than one third of the largest 98 public and private hospitals in the United States secure their email against phishing and spamming, according to data released Thursday.

UL now wants to be ubiquitous in cybersecurity, including medical devices and industrial controls

by Shaun Waterman • 3 months ago

The company that pioneered safety certification for electrical devices at the end of the 19th century and went on to become a ubiquitous, reassuring logo on mains-powered electronic devices in the 20th, has quietly begun to issue cybersecurity certifications for networked software.

Federal report: Hospital cybersecurity is in 'critical condition'

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 4 months ago

Many hospitals "may not know that they have experienced an attack until long after it has occurred."

With flexibility in mind, NIST unveils latest draft of cyber framework

by Shaun Waterman • 4 months ago

The new version of the federal Cybersecurity Framework being drafted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology will be "backwards compatible."

HHS working on cyber guidelines for health industry

by Shaun Waterman • 4 months ago

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, taking a cue from Congress, has begun developing principles and best practices for cybersecurity in health care, officials said Tuesday.

Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

by Shaun Waterman • 5 months ago

Almost two-thirds of American consumers welcome advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cybersecurity is among the areas where assistance from AI has the most appeal, according to a new survey.

Federal officials say their cybersecurity paradigm is changing

by Shaun Waterman • 6 months ago

"Have your humans work on human tasks and your computers work on computer tasks."

Health care industry is king of the malicious insider threat

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 6 months ago

The health care sector's IT suffered from malicious insider attacks at a rate far higher than any other major industry in 2016.

Hackable IoT washing machine provides channel for breaching hospital IT

by Chris Bing • 6 months ago

A software bug in the Miele PG 8528 — a model used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities to disinfect medical equipment — would allow a hacker to break into the network supporting each appliance to install malware and potentially gain access to other systems, newly published research suggests.

Two years after massive breach, U.S. government still fights to keep security audits of Anthem secret

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 7 months ago

As the case continues to draw legal action, the full picture is not yet known by the public.

Vets lose privacy lawsuit against VA after unencrypted data is stolen from hospital

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 7 months ago

No one knows what happened to the data after it was stolen.

HHS gets Navy vet as new cybersecurity chief

by Shaun Waterman • 8 months ago

Christopher Wlaschin retired after 28 years in the Navy in 2008 as a lieutenant commander and has held a variety of civilian jobs since, including several stints at major health care companies.

The U.S. health care sector took a beating from hackers in 2016

by Chris Bing • 8 months ago

A rise in ransomware incidents and targeted data breaches caused more than 27 million healthcare patient records to be compromised, according to research compiled by security firm Protenus in collaboration with notification service DataBreaches.net.

Hacker steals data on 34,000 patients in Quest Diagnostics data breach

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 9 months ago

34,000 patients had sensitive medical data stolen from Quest Diagnostics who say "the risk of harm to patients is low." Impacted patients have been notified.

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