Breach Incidents

Germany Prepares New Law for Patient Data Protection and Increased Digitalisation in Healthcare and for “Data Donations” for Research Purposes

Dr. Adem Koyuncu and Valerie Mei of Covington & Burling write: On 3 July 2020, the German parliament passed a draft bill (German language) for patient data protection and for more digitalisation in the German healthcare system (Patientendaten-Schutz-Gesetz). The draft bill is currently in the legislative procedure and is expected to enter into force...

Ashley County Medical Center investigates former employee accused of violating federal privacy laws

Gabrielle Phifer reports: Ashley County Medical Center is investigating a former employee they claim inappropriately viewed medical records of 772 patients. According to a release, ACMC’s policy and procedures revealed that a former employee, who has been identified as a nurse, accessed some patient information for purposes unrelated to care and treatment. Based on...

Three more medical practices hit by ransomware

Atlanta does not seem to be a safe place for cybersecurity of orthopedic patients’ data. In 2016, orthopedic clinics in Atlanta got clobbered by two big breaches involving thedarkoverlord. The first was a hack and extortion demand on Athens Orthopedic Clinic, an organization that had more than a dozen locations but somehow didn’t have...

Travelex Forced into Administration After Ransomware Attack

After all these years of reporting on breaches, it’s still unusual to read that a company has folded as a result of a data breach, but we live in different times because of the added burden of the pandemic. Phil Muncaster reports: Ransomware victim Travelex has been forced into administration, with over 1000 jobs...