Health Care Systems Remain Targets of Ransomware And Phishing Attacks in 2017

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Health care networks and providers are squarely in the cross hairs of ransomware cyber criminals and if the current rate of attacks continue it will likely exceed last years’ events significantly.

On May 8, 2017, St. Mark’s Surgical Center, LLC in Fort Myers, FL disclosed publicly that somewhere between April 13 and April 17, 2017, it was the target of a ransomware attack which may have exposed over 30,000 patients data from 7 states.

The center called in a third party security firm to conduct a forensic review which concluded the attack affected certain electronic files on the Center’s server which could have exposed patients privacy information such as names, dates of birth, health information, treatment information, and/or Social Security numbers

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