So when is a ransomware attack a good thing? How about when it uncovers a previous breach where someone has been in your system for over a year. That’s exactly what happened to Peachtree Neurological Clinic in Atlanta. While they didn’t pay the ransom, they did find out someone had been in their system since February of 2016.
Now, they haven’t said how many patients data may be disclosed and breach hasn’t been added to the HHS breach tool, but it looks like names, Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, addresses, phone numbers, medical data, prescriptions and/or health insurance data are at risk. That’s a lot of data on a person. This should be an interesting one to watch.
How long would this have gone on if it wouldn’t have been for the ransomware attack? Who knows. See, there is a silver lining sometimes. 🙂
Erich Kron is the Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, and has over 20 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for the 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere.