Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • Critical, Unpatched ‘MDhex’ Bugs Threaten Hospital Devices

    January 23, 2020

    A collection of six cybersecurity vulnerabilities in a range of GE Healthcare devices for hospitals has been discovered. Dubbed “MDhex” by the researchers at CyberMDX who discovered them, the bugs would allow attackers to disable the devices, harvest personal health information (PHI), change alarm settings and alter device functionality. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland ...

  • Cyber-security breaches at 67 percent of healthcare organisations last year

    January 16, 2020

    A survey has found that a large portion of healthcare organisations in the UK experienced cyber-security incidents last year, which were mostly due to employees sharing data. According to new research, in the last 12 months, 67 percent of healthcare organisations in the UK suffered a cyber-security incident. The data was compiled by Clearswift, which surveyed senior business decision makers ...

  • Cyber attack plan aims to protect State hospitals, energy networks and security systems

    December 27, 2019

    A new plan to crackdown on cyber-crime, hacking and cyber-espionage has been published in a bid to protect the State. The new National Cyber Security Strategy sets out how to ensure the State’s infrastructure and computer networks are “resilient, safe and secure”. It contains proposals on how the Irish government can respond and manage cyber security incidents. Read ...

  • N.J.’s Largest Hospital System Pays Up in Ransomware Attack

    December 16, 2019

    New Jersey’s largest hospital system said that it has paid hackers a ransom after a ransomware attack disrupted its services earlier this month. Hackensack Meridian Health, a $6 billion non-profit health provider system based in Edison, N.J., operates 17 hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient centers, as well as psychiatric facility Carrier Clinic. The hospital system told ...

  • Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled

    November 13, 2019

    A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck’s jab has now been approved by the ...

  • CDC report: 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year

    November 13, 2019

    An estimated 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year — one every 15 minutes — according to a stark new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that reveals that the problem is substantially greater than previously estimated. The new report, the first update of a landmark 2013 publication that estimated the scope of ...

  • TrickBot trojan named the most dangerous threat to healthcare

    November 13, 2019

    The infamous Emotet and TrickBot trojans have been named as the two most popular attacks on healthcare organisations in 2019. Emotet detections surged at the beginning of 2019 but a huge wave of TrickBot threats in the second half of the year has placed it as the number one threat to healthcare organisations today. The number of threats presented by trojans, hijackers ...

  • European drug regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine after its ‘success’ in Democratic Republic of Congo

    October 18, 2019

    An Ebola vaccine has been approved by European drugs regulators in a move hailed as a ‘triumph for public health’. The so-called Merck vaccine was given the green light this afternoon and is likely to get a full marketing licence from the European Commission within a few weeks. It is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to halt the ...

  • Alabama Hospitals Pay Up in Ransomware Attack

    October 7, 2019

    An Alabama hospital system has paid its attackers in a ransomware attack that knocked its systems offline on Oct. 1. Officials at the DCH Health System didn’t say how much the hospitals paid for the decryption key, but noted that they have started a “methodical” process of system restoration. “We have been using our own DCH backup ...

  • NHS staff issued with fresh cyber security guidance

    September 23, 2019

    NHS Digital has launched an organisation-wide cyber security campaign to provide staff with the most up-to-date guidance on how to avoid and mitigate potential cyber threats and data breaches. With the NHS being one of the biggest direct and indirect targets for cyber criminals, NHS Digital’s ‘Keep I.T. Confidential‘ campaign is hoping to educate the workforce on the ...

  • Ransomware hits hundreds of dentist offices in the US

    August 29, 2019

    Hundreds of dental practice offices in the US have had their computers infected with ransomware this week, ZDNet has learned from a source. The incident is another case of a ransomware gang compromising a software provider and using its product to deploy ransomware on customers’ systems. In this case, the software providers are The Digital Dental Record ...

  • NHS Digital expands cyber security toolkit with new free services for trusts

    August 13, 2019

    NHS organisations will be offered free cyber security services from NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre through a new agreement with Accenture. NHS Digital will provide hospital trusts and other NHS care providers with a range of new perimeter security services designed to decrease organisations’ vulnerability to cyber-attacks, including network intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, web content ...

  • UK Public sector workers to receive biggest pay rise in six years

    July 19, 2019

    Public sector workers including teachers, soldiers and police officers will reportedly be given pay rises above inflation as part of new government plans. Theresa May is expected to make the announcement next week as one of her final acts as prime minister, according to The Times. The proposed pay rise, which will come at a cost of ...

  • Bug in Anesthesia Machines Allows Changing Gas Mix Levels

    July 9, 2019

    A vulnerability in the firmware of some anesthesia machines used in hospitals could be abused to change normal functionality up to the point of adjusting the level of inhalational substances. The flaw affects GE Aestiva and GE Aespire anesthesia systems, models 7100 and 7900, from GE Healthcare (part of General Electric Company) and permits sending them commands ...

  • NHS must spend now to prevent devastation of ‘WannaCry 2.0’

    July 4, 2019

    The government must urgently pump more money into cyber securitywithin the NHS to plug gaps that render the healthcare system vulnerable to an attack more destructive than the WannaCry saga. Although many positive steps have been taken since the 2017 attack, a lack of investment, a deficit of skills and awareness, and the use of out-dated systems are ...

  • MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records

    June 28, 2019

    Millions of records containing personal information and medical insurance data were exposed by a database belonging to insurance marketing website MedicareSupplement.com. An online database belonging to insurance marketing website MedicareSupplement.com was found exposing more than 5 million records with personal information. MedicareSupplement.com is a U.S.-based marketing site that allows users to find supplemental medical insurance available in their ...

  • AMCA Healthcare Hack Widens Again, Reaching 20.1M Victims

    June 5, 2019

    OPKO subsidiary BioReference joins Quest and LabCorp in the supply-chain incident. The hack of the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a third-party bill collection vendor, continues to expand, now impacting 20.1 million patients across three laboratory services providers. In the wake of revelations that the personal data of 12 million patients from Quest Diagnostics had been potentially compromised by ...

  • Massive Quest Diagnostics data breach impacts 12 million patients

    June 4, 2019

    A massive data breach has struck Quest Diagnostics and the information of up to 11.9 million patients has potentially been compromised. On Monday, the US clinical laboratory said that American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a billing collections provider that works with Quest, informed the company that an unauthorized user had managed to obtain access to AMCA systems. Through the ...

  • Pharma-testing biz Eurofins Scientific says it fell victim to ‘new version’ of malware

    June 3, 2019

    Bio-analytical testing biz Eurofins Scientific today admitted it was the subject of a ransomware attack at the weekend. The Paris Stock Exchange-listed group operates in food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics product testing. It has 800 labs spread across 47 countries. The company said in a statement that its tech security team had detected the malware. Resident techies and a team ...

  • Insecure Database Exposes 800,000 Singapore Blood Donors

    March 15, 2019

    The personal information of 808,201 blood donors who registered to donate since 1986 in Singapore was exposed after the database which contained it was left unprotected on an Internet-facing server for more than two months. According to The Straits Times who first reported the data leak incident, Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) received the initial report on March 13 from the security expert ...