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Mental Healthcare Providers Respond to Ransomware Attacks

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Fraud Management & Cybercrime , HIPAA/HITECH , Ransomware

Mental Healthcare Providers Respond to Ransomware Attacks Two Entities Hit - One Pays Ransom; the Other Doesn't Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • March 15, 2019

Two recent ransomware attacks on mental healthcare providers are reminders of the security incident response and risk mitigation pressure faced by entities handling especially sensitive patient information.

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In the two recent ransomware incidents, one of the targets - Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth - paid a ransom to unlock its patient records, and the other - Green Ridge Behavioral Health in Maryland - recovered without paying the extortionists.

Delaware Incident

The Department of Health and Human Services' HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website listing major health data breaches shows that on Feb. 22, Delaware Guidance Services for...(continued)

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