Ransomware Attack Affects 300,000 Patients of Women’s Clinic

A hacker attack on a women’s healthcare clinic that impacted hundreds of thousands of patients ranks as the second largest ransomware related health data breach reported to date to federal regulators.

Keith Fricke, partner and principal consultant at tw-Security notes recent metrics that suggest that on average, criminals have gained unauthorized access to an organization’s internal network for just over 200 days before being detected. “For unauthorized access to a network, the delays in detection are usually because intruders try to fly under the radar,” he says.

In addition, many organizations do not have adequate and/or timely intruder detection methods. However, “in contrast, ransomware makes itself known in much shorter periods of time because criminals want to collect their ransom fee,” Fricke says.

 

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