Update on Hospital Cyberattack, Reporting Spam via Text, and More.

by | Feb 21, 2024 | This Week in Tech

This Week In Tech, we talk about the Update on Cyberattack of Regional Hospitals, Reporting Spam via Text, and Zero-Font Phishing Campaign.

Update on Cyberattack at Regional Hospitals: Cybercriminal group Daixin claims attack

Each hospital has been impacted differently by this cyberattack. Here’s a summary of what was taken from each hospital:

Bluewater Health: A database report was stolen. This database contains information about 5.6 million visits from approximately 267,000 different patients. Fortunately, this report did not include any clinical records, and the affected individuals will be notified.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA): The Electronic Health Records were not affected at CKHA. However, a database report containing data of 1,446 individuals employed by CKHA as of February 2, 2021, was taken.

Erie Shores HealthCare: The Electronic Health Records were not impacted, but data that includes approximately 352 employee Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) were taken.

Windsor Regional Hospital: A limited portion of shared data was accessed, but no employee or professional staff Social Insurance Numbers or banking information was taken.

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare: Similar to Windsor Regional Hospital, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare had a limited portion of shared data accessed, with no employee or professional staff Social Insurance Numbers or banking information taken.

In response to the cyberattack, all impacted hospitals are taking measures to support their staff and ensure data security. They are providing free credit monitoring for two years to all staff members and encouraging them to sign up for this service to protect themselves from potential identity theft or financial fraud.

Read More: Bluewater Health

Got Spam? Report it via text

Businesses and consumers in Canada are shielded against the exploitation of digital technology, including spam and other electronic hazards, by the anti-spam legislation (CASL). One common threat is phishing, including smishing (phishing via text messages), which can be harmful. Instead of interacting with or clicking on any links in suspicious messages, consider reporting them. In Canada, you can forward spam and phishing messages to 7726 (which spells “SPAM” on most keypads). By reporting to 7726, consumers can help cellular providers identify phishing and prevent spam messages for all users. Read more to learn how to forward a phishing message from Android and iOS devices.

Read More: Government of Canada

What is Zero-Font Phishing?

Zero-Font phishing is a type of phishing scam that involves hiding certain text characters using a font size of zero. This technique makes the characters invisible to the reader but can still be detected by algorithms and natural language processing mechanisms. By doing this, attackers can potentially bypass security checks. To protect against zero-font attacks, it is important to be aware of common warning signs like spelling and grammatical errors, urgent or threatening language, or suspicious sender email addresses. It is also important to remember that just because an email claims to be virus-scanned does not guarantee its safety. By keeping these points in mind, you can effectively protect yourself and your data from potential phishing attacks, including zero-font phishing.

Read More: Filevillas

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