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

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

Another Healthcare Security Leak—This Time 4.5 Million via UCLA

UCLA hack

What Happened?

Following an influx of healthcare data breaches, UCLA Health System follows suit with the announcement that their computer network may too have been compromised.

On May 5, UCLA determined that hackers had gained access to parts of their network where sensitive patient information was stored.

Exposed data included the victims’ names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, Medicare and health plan identification numbers and medical data of patients. Exposed patient data dates back to 1990. Continue reading