Ransomware Attacks

Medical Facility Permanently Loses Patient Records Due to Cyber Attack

Florida Medical Facility Suffers Cyber Attack

FABEN Obstetrics and Gynecology of Jacksonville, Florida, was the victim of a ransomware attack in November of 2018.  The ransomware variant, GandCrab, infected a server, encrypting patient files from January 2007 to April 2017.  The attack was executed through a malvertising campaign that targeted Adobe Flash or Windows VBScripting engine vulnerabilities to infect the devices.  This is a prime example of how critical it is, to keep applications and operating systems updated.  In addition, users should be running an application whitelisting antivirus to prevent the malware from running through these vulnerabilities.

Once the infection was found, FABEN officials stated they deleted the infected files in an attempt to minimize the impact of the attack.  By restoring systems using their backup files, the medical facility was able to avoid paying the ransom demands.  However, there was information, specifically from 2014 to 2017 that could not be restored.

Approximately 6,000 patients who visited FABEN from 2014 to 2017, whose records were lost, are being notified.

Although there is no evidence patient information was taken without proper authorization, FABEN officials are informing patients medical records have been deleted and potentially compromised as a result of the cyber attack.

Other Attacks

For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2018, you may click here. We have also created a map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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2 thoughts on “Medical Facility Permanently Loses Patient Records Due to Cyber Attack”

  1. This is also one reason why important parts of our instrastructure should keep the hard paper copies! or at least put them on disc.. wow.. you mean having a backup is now “oldschool” and outdated.. when it comes to my health.. nothing will ever be outdated! PERIOD!

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