A ransomware incident in Pennsylvania has exposed medical data

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A private health services organization was a victim of a ransomware attack. It has exposed sensitive insurance, health information, and medical data to unauthorized people.

Maternal & Family Health Services is a nonprofit entity. It supports several health and nutrition centers in Pennsylvania. It also announced that it encountered a ransomware attack on 4th April 2022 and sacrificed medical data.

This unauthorized access occurred between 21st August 2021 to 4th April 2022. MFHS serves over 90,000 men, children, and women every year. However, it offers reproductive healthcare services and pregnancy care. Also, it administers a WIC nutrition program.

The entity has started to send letters this week. It was for the impacted patients. They also stated that ransomware had sacrificed personal information.

This financial and medical data may consist of addresses, DOB, names, and security numbers. However, the license numbers of the driver, account information, payment card details, etc., are there.

MFHS provides complimentary identity theft protection and credit monitoring. It serves the individuals whose financial account, social security number, etc., were there.

Ransomware hits agencies and providers. However, it does not matter if it is a small or large business. Also, the attackers will attack nonprofit and for-profit entities. The healthcare industry is vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Every organization needs to maintain care, and they need to implement backups. The larger provider systems are more complex than the small medical groups.

MFHS is all set to secure its systems. The organization is sorry for the inconvenience. They are also strengthening the security of the systems to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Ransomware is a big problem in this era. Every organization, business, and the companies are coming up online. Technology is evolving, and a lot of things are happening out there in the digital space.

We all need to cope with emerging technology. Cyber attackers are always ready to infilter the security system. Also, it is our responsibility to stay cautious and act smart. With wise decisions and powerful technologies, we can eliminate all these problems out there.

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