A Montana healthcare entity has agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a proposed class action lawsuit filed in the wake of a 2021 hacking incident affecting 214,000 individuals. The deal is the entity's second multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement in the last four years involving a major breach.
Two hacking breaches - one at a non-profit provider of foster care, mental health and substance treatment services, and the other at a provider of behavioral health services - have affected sensitive information of nearly 400,000 individuals.
A Midwest specialty medical care clinic has reported to regulators a health data breach affecting 134,000 patients involving one of its critical partners' previous use of Meta Pixel and Google tracking codes embedded in its websites and patient portals.
CommonSpirit was negligent in failing to protect sensitive health data, resulting in a compromise affecting at least 623,000 patients and perhaps many more, allege plaintiffs in two proposed class action lawsuits filed against the Chicago-based hospital chain after a 2022 ransomware attack.
An electronic health records vendor and a pharmacy management services firm are purportedly among the latest healthcare sector victims of ransomware-as-a-service group BlackCat, also known as Alphv. NextGen Healthcare and PharmaCare Services appeared on BlackCat's leak site late last week.
Legislation requiring vendors to design cybersecurity into their medical devices is a great first step to help healthcare entities, but organizations will still face major risks involving legacy medical gear for many years to come, says Daniel dos Santos, research leader at security firm Forescout.
Vulnerability management issues are a common problem for many healthcare entities and can become an even bigger concern when unremediated issues are left to linger for years. That appears to be the case at some VA medical facilities, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General.
Healthcare workers should think twice about using AI tools such as ChatGPT as productivity boosters, privacy experts warned after a Florida doctor publicized on TikTok how he had used one to write a letter to an insurer arguing for patient coverage. What are the risks?
The U.S. federal government put the healthcare sector on alert for indicators of BlackCat and Royal ransomware, characterizing them as "highly capable" threats. The good news, says a cybersecurity expert, is that a solid defense-in-depth strategy can foil the ransomware-as-a-service groups.
Two specialty medical care firms - a Texas-based home healthcare agency and a Pennsylvania-based women's and family health clinic - are reporting 2022 ransomware breaches that in total affect nearly 600,000 individuals. Ransomware criminals are hitting a wide range of healthcare providers.
Shields Health Care Group, a Massachusetts-based medical imaging services provider, is facing two class action lawsuits filed this week - a consolidated federal case and a similar, separate case filed in state court - both in the wake of the same 2022 data breach affecting 2 million individuals.
As regulators push healthcare entities and vendors to make it easier for patients to access their electronic health information, organizations must balance compliance with the prevention of potential security breaches, says attorney David Holtzman of HITprivacy LLC.
Hackers are going downstream in their attacks on healthcare sector entities and their third-party business associates because in many cases, these cybercriminals have already hit up the larger players, says Michael Hamilton, CISO of security firm Critical Insight.
Personal information for more than 1.3 million Aflac cancer insurance policyholders and almost 760,000 Zurich Insurance auto insurance policyholders in Japan has been leaked on the dark web following hacks on a third-party contractor. Affected individuals from both hacks reside in Japan.
Many of the major health data breaches being reported to regulators reflect a variety of poor practices by business associates, including retaining sensitive patient information for much longer than necessary, says Kate Borten, president of The Marblehead Group.