Much ado about the ransomware scourge 

The Federal Trade Commission said it will hold a public workshop about all things ransomware on Sept. 7.“With alarming frequency, ransomware hackers are sneaking into consumer and business computers, encrypting files containing photos, documents and other important data, and then demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to decrypt the files. Consumers, businesses,[…]

New HIPAA guidance addresses ransomware 

The U.S. Department of Human Services has released new guidance for health care organizations that focuses on the growing threat of ransomware, stresses the need for better education and regular backups, and confirms that a ransomware attack against plain-text health information is, in fact, a breach that must be disclosed.9 ways to bend Windows 10[…]

Ransomware attack on dermatology office breaches more than 13,000 patient records 

Reston, Virginia-based Professional Dermatology Care reported that an unauthorized third party accessed protected health information and financial data of 13,237 of its patients.The cybercriminals encrypted the patient data with ransomware, intending to extract money from the healthcare organization According to officials, the breach was not to ‘misuse patient data.’ The incident occurred between June 19[…]

HHS Office for Civil Rights releases ransomware guidance 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has released its guidance to help healthcare organizations handle ransomware attacks, including prevention methods, a detailed description of ransomware and advice on how to respond to a ransomware threat.One important highlight is the reiteration that both malware and ransomware constitute a security incident[…]

Will your backups protect you against ransomware? 

In theory, nobody should be paying any money to the ransomware extortionists. Doesn’t everyone have backups these days? Even consumer has access to a wide variety of free or low-cost backup services.But the headlines are full of reports about institutions such as hospitals and police departments, organizations that should have business continuity plans in place[…]

Ransomware-like tech support scam locks screen, labels Windows product key as invalid 

Tech support scammers have been inspired by ransomware authors and have come up with lock screen claiming a user’s Windows license has expired. A tech support number is provided, and a fake Microsoft technician is happy to help so long as the victim pays to have their computer unlocked.After installing whatever rogue program has been[…]

Ransomware infections led to $1.6 million in losses during 2015

An FBI report released Tuesday said that ransomware infections caused more than $1.6 million in losses last year for individuals and businesses, even before experts began sounding the alarm over a cyber epidemic whose latest victims include yet another medical center following a slew of hacks affecting hospitals coast to coast.The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint[…]

CHIME Urges Stronger Hospital Ransomware Protections

A more proactive policy management process, as well as stronger hospital ransomware legislation is necessary to ensure that healthcare organizations can adequately protect against the changing cybersecurity threat landscape, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).Along with the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), CHIME released a public statement following[…]