Analecta Cyber Company Blog: March 2016


New Jersey Facility Leaks Employee Information Following Phishing Attack

A month ago, Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System in New Jersey announced that information for approximately 5,000 staff members may have been compromised. Several potential victims currently employed in a number of their facilities have been recently targeted with a phishing scam putting them at the risk of identity theft. The facility has been one of the recent potential victims of data breaches caused by phishing scams which have affected their employees.


Phishing remains top attack vector for professional and novice criminals

According to a recent report from PhishLabs, phishing schemes remain the easiest as well as the most productive method for criminals to exploit organizations and individuals with the use of technology. The report identified this type of cyber attack as the most effective way in targeting potential victims. The report also emphasized some major developments in connection with phishing attacks that have emerged over the years.


Investigation Underway into Spear Phishing Attack on Main Life Health

Spear phishing is a scheme where an email appears to be from an individual or business that you know. However, the truth is, it isn't. It's usually a scheme used by hackers to access sensitive information from the user. These may include credit card and bank account numbers, user name and passwords, and even financial information stored on your computer.


Ottawa Hospital computers locked down in ransomware attack

Just last month, a hospital in Los Angeles, California, known as Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center suffered from an extensive attack of ransomware in its computer network. In effect, a majority of computers, as well as the computer systems within the hospital, was locked down. It greatly affected its operations, causing both the hospital and its patients to suffer. In the end, the hospital was forced to pay a ransom amounting to $17,000 in Bitcoins just to unlock its systems.


Security Breach at 21st Century Oncology Should Be Seen As A Warning

21st Century Oncology is one of the leading providers of cancer care services and is recognized as the largest provider of oncology radiation. It is also considered one of the largest groups of urologists in the United States. For more than three decades, their facilities have provided state-of-the-art radiation therapy and other cancer treatments while focusing on continuous innovation.


Phishing scam nets patient details from City of Hope employee emails

City of Hope is one of the founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Established in 1913, the facility is a pioneer in bone marrow transplantation and genetics. Its main hospital is based in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles but it also has clinics spread across Southern California.

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. Ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report, it is designated as a comprehensive cancer center, which is the highest recognition given by the National Cancer Institute.


Flint water crisis hack by Anonymous created hassles for hospital patients

The Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan suffered a cyber attack originally meant as a sign of protest. The local newspaper The Flint Journal obtained documents detailing the attack believed to be organized by the online group Anonymous. The documents confirmed that the cyber attack was really meant to condemn the Flint water crisis.