07 May 2020

Ransomware Attack on Europe’s Largest Private Hospital Operator

Today, Krebs on Security reported that the largest hospital operator in Europe has been targeted by a ransomware attack as the region combats the COVID-19 pandemic and overwhelmed healthcare systems. The cybercriminals launched an attack on the technology systems of Fresenius, subsequently limiting certain operations at the company. According to

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21 Apr 2020

US Bans Church Website Selling COVID19 ‘Miracle’ Treatment

The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing (Genesis) was found to be in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act earlier this week, and they were ordered to shut down a website advertising a miracle cure for COVID-19, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s disease. Genesis was found

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16 Apr 2020

PPE, COVID-19 Medical Supplies Targeted by BEC Scams

The FBI has confirmed that agencies aiming to but items like ventilators have unknowingly been conned into a BEC scam in which they transfer funds to threat actors rather than legitimate organizations. There has been a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in American hospitals across the country, and the

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16 Apr 2020

Lawrence Livermore Looks to Industry to Commercialize New Ventilator Prototype

A group of experts at Lawrence Livermore National Lab formed in March, aiming to produce solutions for the lack of ventilators as the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic. The scientists and engineers’ initial work was revealed this week and is titled the Novel Emergency Response Ventilator (NERVe) Prototype. The

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15 Apr 2020

Microsoft opens AccountGuard to healthcare providers on the COVID-19 front lines

Today, Microsoft makes its AccountGaurd anti-phishing protection services free for healthcare organizations who are working on the front lines of the current pandemic. The service was previously only provided to a very small number of admitted users. AccountGaurd includes features that protect email accounts against spear-phishing emails. Until now, the

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06 Mar 2020

54% of healthcare vendors have experienced a data breach of protected health information

According to data released by Ponemon Institute and Censinet, over half of all healthcare vendors have experienced a data breach in which protected health information was exposed. This is a costly problem that points to a flawed third party risk assessment processes. The report shows that 54% of healthcare vendors

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07 Feb 2020

Li Wenliang: Coronavirus kills Chinese whistleblower doctor

Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who initially alerted the Chinese government to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, passed away early on Friday. Despite contradictory reports about Wenliang’s death, it has been confirmed that the doctor has died after contracting the disease while treating patients infected with it. The virus has now

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07 Feb 2020

Veterans Affairs Launches Its First 5G-Enabled Hospital

The Veteran Affairs Department will soon operate one of the first 5G enabled hospitals in the world. The health care facility is currently located in Palo Alto, California, and plans to launch 5G capabilities at the location were unveiled by the VA Secretary earlier this week. The VA aims to

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27 Jan 2020

MDhex vulnerabilities open GE Healthcare patient monitoring devices to attackers

Six critical and high-risk vulnerabilities have been discovered by researchers in patient monitoring devices manufactured by GE Healthcare. The vulnerabilities, collectively named MDhex, allow an attacker to make changes at the devices’ OS-level that could harm the patient through rendering the device unusable or interfering with its functions. Alarm settings

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14 Nov 2019

Healthcare Malware Infections Soar 60% from 2018

Malwarebytes recently released a statement claiming that ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations (HCO) has increased by 60% since 2018. HCOs are increasingly the targets of attack due to the large number of endpoints and connected devices within the HCO networks, offering an extensive attack surface. Cybersecurity in HCOs are typically

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