05 Dec 2022

French Hospital Halts Operations After Cyber-Attack

Over the past weekend, a hospital located in Versailles was forced to cancel its operations due to a cyberattack that rendered the organization’s systems disabled. The hospital was forced to go offline following the cyberattack that occurred at 9pm on Saturday evening. According to Franceinfo, the André-Mignot hospital’s computers were

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02 Dec 2022

How smart contracts can improve efficiency in healthcare

Smart contracts are self-executing lines of code that run atop blockchains and are triggered once a set of predetermined conditions are met. They are used to automate the execution of online agreements without the involvement of third parties. Today, they are used across many industries, including the healthcare industry. The healthcare

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02 Dec 2022

Hackers Target Colombia’s Healthcare System With Ransomware

Keralty, a Colombian healthcare provider, confirmed that it suffered from a ransomware attack that affected its systems. The attack occurred on Sunday and also impacted two of the healthcare provider’s subsidiaries, EPS Sanitas and Colsanitas. Colombian news outlet El Tiempo reported that the ransomware attack potentially disrupted the companies’ IT

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21 Nov 2022

Ten Charged in $11m Healthcare BEC Plots

Ten individuals have been charged with participation in business email compromise (BEC) attacks and money laundering, according to the Department of Justice. The charges were brought against seven individuals in Georgia and South Carolina who would use stolen identified to open bank accounts in the name of shell companies. The

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02 Nov 2022

Osaka Hospital Halts Services After Ransomware Attack

In Osaka, Japan, a major hospital has suspended routine medical services due to a ransomware attack that has disrupted the facility’s electronic medical record systems. Emergency operations are continuing, the medical center told reporters. However, the hospital system failed earlier this week and could not be accessed. The Osaka General

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27 Sep 2022

Hackers Leak French Hospital Patient Data in Ransom Fight

French hospital Corbeil-Essonnes suffered from a ransomware attack a month ago and refused to give in to ransom demands. Now, the hackers may have released the personal records and patient data online. The hospital is located near Paris and is the latest victim of a series of cyberattacks targeting French

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26 Aug 2022

US Firm Pays $16m to Settle Healthcare Fraud Claims

Optical lens maker Essilor has entered into a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the US Department of Health and Human Service Office of Inspector General and has agreed to pay $16.4 million to settle allegations that the firm payed kickbacks to eye care providers. The Department of Justice claimed

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24 Aug 2022

US Healthcare Sector Breaches 342m+ Records Since 2009

According to new research and analysis from Comparitech, healthcare organizations in the US have suffered from almost 5000 publicly recorded data breaches since 2009. The company compiled the data to better understand how severe the security challenges facing the sector really are. The data includes breaches up to June 2022.

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25 Jul 2022

Medical Device Maker to Pay $13m in False Claims Case

Berlin-based Biotronik, a medical device manufacturer, has agreed to pay a multimillion dollar settlement due to healthcare fraud allegations claiming that the company violated the False Claims Act. The company produces technologies for patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases and is based in Oregon. The Department of Justice claims that the

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18 May 2022

Ransomware Hits American Healthcare Company Omnicell

Omnicell, a multinational healthcare company, has recently confirmed that it suffered from a data breach following a reported ransomware incident. According to a statement released in the company’s quarterly 10-Q filing, Omnicell detected the ransomware attack and disclosed it on May 9. More details are expected to be released in

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