12 health system malware, ransomware and phishing incidents this month

Here are the healthcare company ransomware, phishing and malware events Beckers Hospital Review reported on during September.

Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Health started recovering from a malware attack that occurred on July 25, working to return all of its systems to typical operations.

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A former client of St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare submitted a class-action lawsuit against the health system over a cybersecurity occurrence including a staff members hacked email.

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Columbia- based University of Missouri Health Care discovered a worker email phishing attack that exposed the details of 5,074 clients.

Omaha-based Nebraska Medicines computer system went down due to a security incident, requiring the health system to go back to paper records.

A health center in Dusseldorf, Germany, was hit by a ransomware attack that encrypted 30 hospital servers.

Charleston, S.C.-based Roper St. Francis Hospital began alerting 6,000 clients that their medical records and details had actually been exposed after a medical facility employees email account was hacked.

The Baton Rouge (La.) Clinic reported a cyberattack versus its electronic database that briefly secured countless client records.

Assured Imaging, a mobile digital mammography company in Tucson, Ariz., started informing more than 244,800 clients that their secured health information was exposed after its EHR system was attacked with ransomware.

Spectrum Health alerted patients of a new “vishing” scam where individuals pretend to be a staff member of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based health system and call clients to steal their secured health info.

Utah Pathology Services started alerting 112,000 clients that their personal info may have been exposed after an unidentified star tried to redirect funds from the Salt Lake City-based supplier.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Services Center recently found that unapproved users accessed to among its online applications, which they used to attempt to reroute payments to community healthcare companies for veterans medical treatments.

Katie Adams –
Friday, September 25th, 2020

Dozens of U.S. hospitals and health systems, consisting of New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Chicago-based Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, were affected by the international data security occurrence at Blackbaud, a business that hosts fundraising data for large companies.