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Talley Medical Surgical Eyecare impacted by a ransomware attack

 

The latest ransomware attack that has targeted Talley Medical Surgical Eyecare Associates based in Evansville City of Indiana has been listed amongst the top 10 largest breaches added till now this year (i.e. 2019) to the HHS tally.

 

On May 24, 2019, the HHS was notified by the Talley Medical about a potential breach impacting 106,000 patient records, which was caused by the ransomware attack on their systems.

 

The cyberattack started during the 1st week of Apr. 2019, infecting the Talley Medical's network server, electronic medical records, laptop, desktop computer, and email. Files that were stored on these infected electronic devices become inaccessible as a result of this ransomware attack. The infected devices contain loads of personal data of the patients'.

 

As per the statement provided to the Information Security Media Group (ISMG), the files that have been rendered inaccessible due to the cyberattack contains health as well as demographic information of the former and current employees as well as patients, including name, Social Security number, address, medical information including the diagnosis as well as the treatment, and various other related personal data.

 

The officials of Talley Medical said that after investigation as well as significant effort, Talley Medical Surgical Eyecare Associates was successful in unlocking the files and then get back the data. However, Talley's practice manager did not disclose to ISMG whether Talley has paid any ransom in order to unlock the encrypted files. He says "we were able to get our data back, but our practice does not wish to divulge any additional details".

 

The FBI along with the various law enforcement agencies largely advise against paying the ransoms because that can encourage further attacks in future, and also there is no guarantee that the attackers will unlock the data as well as systems after receiving the ransom amount.

 

Talley's statement to ISMG said that "based on its investigation, Talley has no evidence or indication that any files with the personal information of any patients or employees were accessed or removed; however, affected individuals are being notified".

 

A third-party firm was hired by Talley Medical Surgical Eyecare Associates, who are currently reviewing the security procedure of Talley Medical in order to prevent this kind of incidents in future.

 

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