Three healthcare providers in New York, Florida and Georgia inform patients that protected health-related information may have been exposed after recent cyber attacks carried out by unknown hackers.
In particular, warnings were given to her patients Advanced Urgent Care of the Florida Keys on November 6 on a ransomware attack that took place on 1 March 2020.
According to a violation notice issued by the medical center, the data of patients were breached after hackers encrypted them archives that were in a backup drive.
According to Infosecurity Magazine, information released as a result of this malicious activity includes Names, dates of birth, health insurance information, medical information, medical diagnostic information, laboratory test results, medical records, Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary numbers, medical billing information, bank account details, credit / debit card details, , signatures and social security numbers.
In addition, in Katonah, New York, a ransomware attack occurred on September 1 at the Hospital Four Winds resulted in staff not being able to have access in electronics systems of the hospital for about two weeks.
Security experts hired to determine the extent and impact of the attack found that hackers were able to gain access to password-protected files and may have breached patient lists dating back to 1983. These lists include personal patient data such as names, medical records and social security numbers.
Four Winds has not yet revealed how many patients may be affected by the attack. The hospital said that the investigators found after an investigation that the cybercriminals deleted the files in their possession, a fact that can not be verified. The hospital also stressed that it has taken steps to prevent a similar attack in the future.
Still, the hackers asked for it Galstan & Ward Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Suwanee, Georgia to pay ransom, after his computer systems were infected. Galstan & Ward had previously commissioned a third party supplier to remove this server and restore its data from a backup after detecting suspicious activity.
On September 11, 2020, the hospital discovered that some of its files had been stolen and published on the dark web. These, however, did not include patient information. However, the hospital has informed patients about the incident.