Hackers Lock MedStar Health Out Of Their Own Network

MedStar Health Ransomware

Update 04/04/2016: The Baltimore Sun reports MedStar Health has restored 90 percent of their impacted computer systems. Hospital officials said MedStar did not pay a ransom to retrieve any files. Patient data was not exposed during the attack.

What happened? 

On March 28, MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and Washington, D.C., disclosed an attack on their computer systems and encrypted medical records. The hacker used ransomware, a form of malware that locks computer access until a specified ransom is paid. Continue reading

10.5M Impacted in New York Heath Insurer Data Breach

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

What happened?

On September 9, Rochester-based Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and their affiliate, Lifetime Healthcare Companies, disclosed they had suffered a massive data breach.

The breach exposed the names, addresses, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, financial account information and, in some cases, sensitive medical information of 10.5 million members and patients who used their services. Continue reading

The Data Breach Domino Effect

Medical Informatics Engineering Data Breach Chain Reaction Fighting Identity Crimes

What happened?

On June 10, Medical Informatics Engineering, an Indiana-based medical software company, disclosed a hack of personal and medical information. The breach affected 3.9 million consumers nationwide; many of which had probably never heard of this company before.

Why? Because third party data breaches, like the Medical Informatics Engineering breach, often become part of a massive chain event. Continue reading