Connecticut Healthcare hit by a ransomware attack


    A ransomware attack which took place on the database of Connecticut based Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence(SCADD) is said to have impacted the data of over 25,150 patient.

    Highly placed sources say that the provider was hit by the malware attack on Feb 18, 2019, via a phishing email attack opened by one of the innocent employees unaware of the dangers luring in emails of today’s generation.

    Data related to patient names, addresses, social security numbers, treatments, and medical history is said to have compromised in the incident.

    Preliminary investigation conducted by law enforcement says that the attack was launched by a known hacking group which is renowned for victimizing healthcare related companies on a digital note.

    In another news related to a ransomware attack, a Texas-based healthcare provider named UMC Physicians is said to be notifying its patients via email that a potential data breach caused on its cloud storage system might have compromised data related to patient care. Data includes details related to lab results, appointments, procedures and therapies.

    A third party investigation reportedly discovered that data breach was caused by a human error which happened between two employees who recently shared infected documents via a google shared drive which was later saved onto unsecured servers.

    As the incident was contained in time, the impact is said to be minimal. However, UMCP  has taken the fraudulent infiltration seriously and is seen providing awareness programs to its employees on how to securely use cloud storage services to avoid such incidents in future.

    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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