Ransomware is responsible for almost 46% of healthcare data breaches, according to an analysis by Tenable. More than 35% of all breaches are linked to ransomware attacks, leading to a tremendous financial cost.
Transportation industry news site FreightWaves reports that UPS (United Parcel Service), Norfolk Southern, multiple trucking companies, US government agencies, and defense contractors suffered employee data exposure after a ransomware attack at an occupational health provider.
It is not clear how many employees were affected by the security breach of over 3,000 medical files from the healthcare provider Taylor Made Diagnostics. But, the ransomware gang behind the apparent cyber-attack also leaked data from short-line rail operator OmniTRAX after targeting parent company Broe Group. Conti (Ransomware) has also leaked data from multiple healthcare providers since May 2020.
“The security of our employees’ data is a priority for Norfolk Southern and a requirement for our vendors,” Norfolk Southern spokesperson Jeff DeGraff told FreightWaves in an email Friday. “Norfolk Southern is looking into the issue but has no further comment at this time.”
The data compromised includes the US Department of Transportation (DOT)-mandated medical exams, drug and alcohol testing reports for truckers and rail workers at multiple companies. If that wasn’t enough, many documents have sensitive information such as full names, social security numbers, addresses, and scans of driver’s licenses.
Only on December, 37 US Health care providers reported unspecified information technology incidents that compromised over 1.5 million patients, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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