Payouts From Insurance Policies May Fuel Ransomware Attacks

AP reports: The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a week later, officials in the county southeast...

‘Detailed and graphic’: Clinic faxes patients’ highly sensitive medical histories to wrong number

Melissa Cunningham reports: A Melbourne medical clinic has been inadvertently faxing highly sensitive patient details including mental health and family medical histories to a Greenvale man for at least two years. The man said he has been sporadically faxed at least 10 medical referrals for specialist consultations from the Harding Street Medical Centre in...

WY: Gillette hospital targeted in ransomware attack

Seth Klamann reports: Campbell County Health in Gillette was targeted in a ransomware attack Friday, according to an alert the state Department of Health sent to health care providers. The attack occurred early Friday morning, at approximately 3 a.m. The hospital “experienced serious computer issues” due to the attack. This caused a “service disruption”...

Criminal probe after data breach at Wigan hospital

Liam Sou Tar reports: The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust has sent out letters to victims of the data breach, who number more than 2,000, explaining that personal information was viewed on multiple occasions by an employee who had no legitimate reason to access the files and were not permitted to...

Thousands of abandoned medical records found in deceased Indiana doctor’s abortion clinics

Christina Maxouris of CNN reports on what appears to be a horrifying medical privacy breach. First, authorities discovered a spine-chilling 2,246 fetal remains in the Illinois garage of an abortion doctor after his death. Then, investigators found “thousands” of abandoned medical records across his abortion clinics in Indiana, the Indiana attorney general announced on...