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NotPetya Attack Continues to Disrupt Nuance Communications’ Services
Jul20

NotPetya Attack Continues to Disrupt Nuance Communications’ Services

In late June, Nuance Communications, a provider of healthcare solutions and transcription services, was one of many organizations around the globe to have systems taken out of action by NotPetya ransomware. While most ransomware attacks are conducted with the intention of obtaining ransom payments in exchange for the keys to unlock data, NotPetya was different. The aim was sabotage. Infection resulted in permanent encryption of master...

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U.S. Data Breaches Hit Record High
Jul20

U.S. Data Breaches Hit Record High

Hacking still the biggest cause of data breaches and the breach count has risen once again in 2017, according to a new report released by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. In its half yearly report, ITRC says 791 data breaches have already been reported in the year to June 30, 2017 marking a 29% increase year on year. At the current rate, the annual total is likely to reach 1,500 reported data breaches. If that...

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Massive Healthcare Fraud Takedown Sees 412 Charged for $1.3 Billion in Fraudulent Billings
Jul19

Massive Healthcare Fraud Takedown Sees 412 Charged for $1.3 Billion in Fraudulent Billings

Last week, the United States Department of Justice announced the largest healthcare fraud action to date. 412 individuals were charged, including 115 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals for their roles in healthcare fraud schemes. 120 doctors and other medical professionals were charged for prescribing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. The HHS has also initiated suspension actions against 295 doctors, nurses and...

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Are You Blocking Ex-Employees’ PHI Access Promptly?
Jul19

Are You Blocking Ex-Employees’ PHI Access Promptly?

A recent study commissioned by OneLogin has revealed many organizations are not doing enough to prevent data breaches by ex-employees. Access to computer systems and applications is a requirement while employed, but many organizations are failing to block access to systems promptly when employees leave the company, even though ex-employees pose a significant data security risk. Blocking access to networks and email accounts when an...

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Ransomware Attack Investigation Reveals 15-Month Security Breach
Jul18

Ransomware Attack Investigation Reveals 15-Month Security Breach

A ransomware attack on Peachtree Neurological Clinic (PNC) in Atlanta, GA resulted in the encryption of sensitive data. Since PNC had backed up its data, it was possible to restore the affected files without paying the ransom. Following any ransomware attack it is important to conduct a forensic analysis of systems to ensure all traces of the ransomware have been removed and no backdoors have been installed. PNC performed scans of its...

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