UK: Anonymous hacker says they stole 1.2 million NHS patients’ data 

Laptop in the dark by Luis Romero

From the Graham Cluley piece: An unknown hacker who says they are associated with Anonymous claims to have exploited unpatched software vulnerabilities in swiftQueue’s software to steal a database containing 11 million records, including the passwords and personal data (names, birth dates, phone numbers, and email addresses) of 1.2 million NHS patients. Read more at […]

U.K. — Trust me, I’m a fake doctor: how medical imposters thrive in the real world 

Stethoscope by osseous

From the Guardian news article: It couldn’t happen in real life, though, could it? It already has. Others with medical backgrounds have posed as fully fledged doctors before. Take Levon Mkhitarian who encountered 3,363 patients in two years, working across seven NHS trusts on oncology, cardiology, transplant and surgical wards as well as in A&E. Mkhitarian, originally […]

UK – Hundreds of cyber attacks on Yorkshire public services 

Lighted Keyboard 2 by Eric Norris

From the Yorkshire Post news article: “With the NHS, the risk with ransomware attacks is that the data is frozen so you can’t access or make use of it,” he said. “In the case of hospitals, this means they can’t access medical information so some had to shut down scanning equipment and cancel operations. Indirectly, […]

U.S. — Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft in PR 

From the HealthIT Security news item: A District of Puerto Rico Federal Grand Jury charged the owner of a durable medical equipment company and three physicians with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft. The defendants reportedly “conspired with each other and with other individuals known and unknown to […]

Dallas-Area Doctor Convicted of Fraud Faces $1.2M Penalty 

From the WBAP 24/7 News article: Government officials have obtained a more than $1.2 million judgment against a North Texas physician serving 11 years in prison for health care fraud. Dr. Tariq Mahmood of Cedar Hill was named in Monday’s judgment announced in Tyler. Mahmood in 2014 was convicted of conspiracy, identity theft and health care […]

Security: Data Theft, Social Engineering Threaten Health IT Networks 

From the Healthcare IT Infrastructure news article: …Healthcare IT officials reported social engineering and data theft caused more concern than cyber terrorism, IoT, organized crime, or insider threats. Social engineering attacks were the most common security threat across all organizations and ransomware was the most common security exploit. Ransomware holds organization data hostage and demands […]

Top 10 Internet of Things cybersecurity threats and expert advice about how to fight back 

Get ready for my clinical practice by Ryo FUKAsawa

From the Healthcare IT Infrastructure news article: …So what can healthcare organizations do to bolster the security of devices that use radio frequency to communicate? Risley offered some suggestions. Know your employees “Healthcare organizations can begin by understanding employee behavior and the types of devices entering their offices that could pose a danger to network infrastructure,” […]

U.S. — FDA says cooperation is essential on cybersecurity 

Full Screen Terminal on OS X by Ian Brown

From the Security Info Watch news article: …Looking the other way is not the correct response, even if the device is old or was made by a different company. Rather, the FDA wants a company to do a full risk assessment and if a risk is severe, to do a “coordinated disclosure” of information about vulnerabilities […]

U.S. — Patients’ medical data lost after ransomware attack at Calif. healthcare provider 

Credit Card Theft by Don Hankins

From the Security Info Watch news article: …The computer records of Marin Medical Practice Concepts, a Novato company that provides medical billing and electronic medical records services to many Marin physicians, were hacked on July 26. As a result, some Marin doctors were unable to access their patients’ medical records for more than a week. Responding […]

Africa: Medical records become increasingly targeted by cyber criminals with theft going up 1100% 

From the The Exchange news article: According to the statement, delegates attending the recent Healthcare Innovation Summit were told that medical records are being increasingly targeted by cybercriminals – data from the US showed that 89% of healthcare institutions suffered a security breach and were twice more likely to be targeted than other organisations. Healthcare record […]