Healthcare Ransomware Attack Targets Practice Management Vendor

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

New York-based practice management vendor Practicefirst announced that a 2020 healthcare ransomware attack may have exposed personally identifiable information (PII) of patients and employees. The vendor’s statement said that it is not aware of any fraud or misuse of information, and the bad actor informed Practicefirst that the information was never shared and was later destroyed.

Practicefirst describes itself as a leader in medical billing, coding, credentialing, bookkeeping, and practice management solutions. When the vendor detected suspicious activity on December 30th, 2020, it shut down all systems, changed passwords, and notified authorities.

The hacker attempted to deploy ransomware and successfully copied files from...

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