Ransomware attack breaches 40,800 patient records in Fetal diagnostic lab

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Ransomware_-attack_-breaches_-40800_-patient_-records_-in_-Fetal-_diagnostic_-lab-300x200 Ransomware attack breaches 40,800 patient records in Fetal diagnostic labThe Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific was able to restore the huge data from the infected server with help from a cybersecurity firm. The Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific was hit by a ransomware attack on June 30 that breached the data of 40,800 patients.

• The notice stated that the hackers breached FDIP servers in June including patient records. With the immediate action taken by officials the incident was successfully nullified with removal of the virus, cleaning the system and confirm no malware present.

• With further installations from cybersecurity firm the prevention to future incidents is created.
• Officials stated that FDIP had backups in place to maintain contingency and able to restore the impacted data. But, the officials did not name the ransomware type behind the infection though.
• The data of both past and current patients were impacted by the breach that includes names, dates of birth, addresses, medical data and other types of information with officials stating that FDIP doesn’t store the financial data of patients, like credit card numbers.
Success of Samsam throughout 2018 created a similar, highly targeted variant called Ryuk by the hackers. It being fairly new, but those attacks have already caused an estimated $640,000 in damage. Education against ransomware helps in prevention with employees being the weakest links. The Organizations should always strive to build a culture of information security, to start in the boardroom paired with the right security tools and preventative measures.

Further, organizations should not hire hackers first of all, the right way to restore data is through offline backups this is safe and has no risks linking to it further.