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Healthcare breaches on the rise in 2022

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Healthcare breaches have increased significantly in recent months, according to U.S. government data.

A list created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) includes at least 125 electronic data breaches of healthcare organizations reported since the beginning of April. One notable example is the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Arizona; the hospital recently disclosed that it was struck by a ransomware attack that exposed the data of 700,000 individuals.

The Yuma breach was one of the largest disclosed during the last two and a half months, and the largest breach to be identified as a ransomware attack.

It was detected on April 25 and at first identified solely as a data breach before its confirmation as ransomware in letters to potential victims. According to the notification, individuals’ Social Security numbers and other personal data were stolen. The facility’s services remained mostly unaffected, however, thanks to backups and other emergency procedures.

While the healthcare industry has always been a target of threat actors and particularly ransomware groups because of a lack of cybersecurity funding, 2022 has already shown a sharp increase in the rate of breaches.

Between Jan. 1 and May 31, HHS listed 244 electronic data breaches of healthcare organizations with […]

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