U.S. –Hollywood Presbyterian pays $17,000 ransom to regain control over systems from hackers 

From the Healthcare Finance news item: Officials at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on Wednesday night said they have paid hackers a $17,000 ransom to regain access and control over the hospital’s computer systems after a low-tech ransomware attack locked them out of their networks. In a letter posted online by hospital CEO Allen Stefanek, the […]

Insurance portal makes list of Top Ten Hacks of 2015 

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From the Information Age news item: 5. Anthem It emerged in October that Chinese hackers had targeted health insurance company Anthem in a bit to learn more about how medical coverage is set up in the US. Apparently, Anthem has not been the only target, with smaller insurer Premera saying it had been hacked in […]

U.S. — Here’s who’s been hacked in the past two years 

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From the Fortune news article: Healthcare customers: Security experts warned in February that 2015 would be the year of the healthcare hack, and those forecasts have proven right. At the end of January, as many as 11 million Premera Blue Cross customers were affected by a hack. Anthem announced the following month that almost 80 […]

U.S.: New chip credit cards take a bite out of fraud 

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From the Chicago Tribune article on the October 1 deadline: Merchants who failed to upgrade their card readers to chip technology could now be liable for losses from fraud. Previously, the issuing banks had been solely responsible for fraudulent use of credit cards. EVM technology (EVM stands for Europay, VISA and MasterCard — the consortium […]

News item: Why hackers want your health care data most of all 

From the Infoworld article: …Retailers and banks tend to be popular cyber crime targets, but criminals understand that stealing health care records can be as valuable, if not more. Financial data has a finite lifespan because it becomes worthless the second the customer detects the fraud and cancels the card or account. Most forums for […]

News item — 2015 Health Data Hacks: Stunning Stats (What Can Be Done to End the Surge in Mega-Breaches?) 

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Anthem, Premera (Blue Cross), UCLA Health, MIE, CareFirst (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From the DataBreachToday article: The health data breach statistics for 2015 are stunning. So far this year, just the top five breaches have impacted a total of 99.3 million individuals. And all five involved hacker […]

U.S.: How Identity Theft Sticks You With Hospital Bills 

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From the Wall Street Journal news item: In a twist on identity theft, crooks are using personal data stolen from millions of Americans to get health care, prescriptions and medical equipment. Victims sometimes only find out when they get a bill or a call from a debt collector. They can wind up with the thief’s […]

U.S. — Experts warn 2015 could be ‘Year of the Healthcare Hack’ 

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From the Reuters news item: … In the past decade, cybercriminals focused their efforts on attacking banks and retailers to steal financial data including online banking credentials and payment card numbers. But as those companies boost security, using stolen credit card numbers has become more difficult. Their prices on criminal exchanges have also dropped, prompting […]