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Crypto-Locking Malware Wielded by Even More Types of Extortionists

Ransomware: DarkSide Debuts; Script-Kiddies Tap Dharma Read the latest about RANSOMWARE from Data Breach Today Ransomware-wielding gangs continue to rack up new victims and post record proceeds. That’s driving new players of all sizes and experience – beginners, criminals already skilled in the ransomware ecosystem and more advanced attackers – to try their hand at the crypto-locking …

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HHS OCR PRESS RELEASE: Cyber Alert – Computer Network Infrastructure Vulnerable to Windows 7 End of Life Status, Increasing Potential for Cyber Attacks

OCR is sharing the following update with our listserv from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), warning individuals that the FBI has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end of life status.  August 2020 PIN Number 20200803-002 The following information is being provided by the FBI, with no guarantees …

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Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication

Alert: Postcard Disguised as Official OCR Communication August 6, 2020 OCR has been made aware of postcards being sent to health care organizations disguised as official OCR communications, claiming to be notices of a mandatory HIPAA compliance risk assessment.  The postcards have a Washington, D.C. return address, and the sender uses the title “Secretary of …

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Some Indiana dentists happy to reopen, return to role as ‘masters of sterilization’

Some Indiana dentists happy to reopen, return to role as ‘masters of sterilization’ Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Written by Gabrielle Masson | April 28, 2020Some Indiana dentists are excited to resume elective procedures, despite new processes and regulations to protect patients and staff from COVID-19, according to WSBT. Jeffrey Mader, DDS, says his practice has been preparing …

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HHS Alert: Phony Emails

Watch out for fake Office of Civil Rights investigators, hospitals warned HHS alerted hospitals and health systems of someone posing as an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigator to get patient health information, the American Hospital Association warned. In a notice last week, the association said HIPAA-covered entities should notify their staff. All OCR investigators …

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Over 41.4M Patient Records Breached in 2019, as Hacking Jumped 49%

The Protenus Breach Barometer shows over 41.4 million patient records were exposed by 572 security incidents in 2019, while hacking incidents surged and insider-related events decreased. By Jessica Davis February 19, 2020 – More than 41.4 million patient records were breached by 572 healthcare data breaches in 2019, as hacking surged. And it’s likely those …

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