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New Guidance Released by OCR on Ransomware

In light of the increasing number of high-profile ransomware attacks that have recently occurred and the threat these attacks pose to the health care industry in particular, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released guidance on July 11, 2016 regarding ransomware and HIPAA. This guidance outlines activities required by HIPAA that will assist entities in … Continue Reading

Hospitals Experience an Alarming Rise in Ransomware Attacks This Year

Since we last updated our blog about ransomware attacks on hospitals in February, many additional health care entities have been publicly recognized as victims of similar attacks. Some of the ransomware programs involved in these incidents came through spam email or phishing campaigns, often disguised as invoices or other documents. Once the document was opened, … Continue Reading

Hospital’s Network Held Hostage by Hackers

Hackers have attacked the network systems at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Southern California by infecting the hospital’s systems with ransomware. These hackers are allegedly demanding over $3.6 billion to decrypt the system to restore functionality. The network has now reportedly been offline for over a week, forcing staff at the hospital to complete daily … Continue Reading
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