Ransomware Attack Leaves Medical Data at Risk

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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The Lister Fertility Clinic is at risk, after the company it hired for scanning medical records got hit by cybercriminals.

The Attack

Stor-a-file Limited, a document management company, suffered a cyberattack, which affected 13 organizations. Six of them are in the healthcare sector.

The Lister Fertility Clinic is one of the possible victims. It treats around 2,000 patients annually and its medical records are currently at risk.

A representative said: "We are deeply sorry that this happened, and we are in the process of contacting those affected to provide more information and to offer any support they may need."

Hackers might have managed to access documents containing medical history, test results, treatments, and consent forms. Credit or debit card details, however, were not on the list.

In addition, the same attack affected the Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital. But, as a representative said, "no medical scans, images, diagnostic, payment card or contact information about Nuffield Health patients have been published online."

Possible Suspects

According to The Register, the Cl0p ransomware gang is the one behind the attack, judging by the method used.

The medical records are currently not on the dark web. Stor-a-file quoted a letter by the hackers, which claim they don’t intend to release them.

The company, however, doesn’t rule it out. In addition, it suspects the criminals might sell the data to third parties. 

Stor-a-file hasn’t paid any ransom yet.

Statistics show that hospitals make for 30% of all large data breaches. One way to prevent a ransomware attack is to invest in quality antivirus software.

Sources.

BBC

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Teodora Dobrilova

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