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Another healthcare provider has been hit by a major ransomware breach. The latest victim to go public is the Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific (FDIP) in Hawaii, which notified patients on August 30 that a breach exposed the digital records of nearly 41,000 patients.
The attack was discovered in late June, the Institute said in a public notice.
“On June 30, FDIP became aware that it was the victim of a ransomware attack. Specifically, a malicious software accessed data stored on FDIP's servers, including patient records, and encrypted it. FDIP engaged a leading cybersecurity firm and was able to successfully remove the malware and restore the data using backup files maintained for such a contingency.”
FDIP said while it has no evidence that any patient data was compromised, “there is a possibility patients' full name, date of birth, home address, account number, diagnosis, or other types of information may have been affected.”
The Institute said it doesn’t store patients’ financial information such as credit card numbers.
Lab officials urged patients who receive suspicious communications or become aware of activities that could be related to the ransomware attack to immediately inform FDIP.
While ransomware attacks on healthcare providers seem to be a routine occurrence, a report released in July shows that ransomware events involving healthcare systems fell dramatically in the first half of this year versus the same period in 2017.
Still, as Healthcare IT News notes, there have been several major ransomware attacks on healthcare targets in 2018.