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Ransomware Attack Cuts Access to X-Rays at Surgery Center


Data Breach , Ransomware , Technology

Ransomware Attack Cuts Access to X-Rays at Surgery Center Incident Illustrates That More Than Data Is at Risk When Malware Strikes Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • October 6, 2017

An Arkansas-based surgery center was recently hit by ransomware that not only shut down access to some electronic patient data but also rendered imaging files, including X-rays, inaccessible.

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The incident points to the need to carefully assess risks to all the diverse systems in use at healthcare organizations.

The breach at the Arkansas Oral & Facial Surgery Center is listed on the Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website as a hacking/IT incident involving a network server and affecting 128,000 individuals.

As of Oct. 6, the incident was the seventh largest breach reported so far this year to HHS' Office for Civil...(continued)

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