Compromised Medical Records, Ransomware Attacks Trouble Healthcare

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Holiday ransomware attacks, compromised medical records, and network outages continue to overwhelm healthcare organizations.

Despite an increase in cyber threats, recent research suggested that 42 percent of healthcare organizations still do not have incident response plans to prepare for the highly likely event of a cyber incident.

California-based Community Health Centers (CMC) began notifying 656,047 patients about a cyberattack that forced its communication systems offline for three weeks and counting. According to a statement on its website, CMC discovered the breach on October 10 and shut down its communication systems immediately.

An investigation revealed that...

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