Roark’s Pharmacy Data Breach Incident

March 17th, 2016

Pharmacy burglary and data breach in Oneida, Tenn. suffered a burglary which also resulted in a healthcare data breach. It potentially affected nearly 3,000 individuals, as per the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) data breach portal. Oneida Police Department investigator Blake Murphy, who is in charge of the investigation, noted that the burglars had destroyed the store’s alarm system, disconnected the phone lines from the system, and also disabled the system’s backup battery and backup cell phone.

The report didn’t mention the type of health data stored on that server, nor did it state what kind of mitigating measures the pharmacy will take toward potentially affected individuals. “It is unknown at this time how many narcotics were taken or a total value of damaged property,” Murphy wrote in the report.

According to the news article – While the burglars were successful in destroying any evidence of their intrusion inside the store, investigators were able to use video surveillance from Mike’s Service Station next door to capture footage of two unidentified people walking towards the store around 2:15 a.m. — at the same time Highland Telephone Cooperative technicians were able to determine that the store’s phone system had been disconnected.


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US tops as Malware Hosting Nation

January 19th, 2014

Solutionary’s Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report for Q4 2013 states that the United States was the leading malware-hosting nation. US host 44 percent of all malware which was five times more than the second-leading malware-hosting nation, Germany. Later was responsible for 9 percent of all malware in Q4 2013. Report predominantly focused on distribution and analysis of malware. SERT used cloud-based Solution Active-Guard Platform and global threat intelligence network to get the results.

Solutionary SERT director of research Rob Kraus said in a statement ,“We aren’t just talking about foreign espionage campaigns, APTs and breaches; many of these malicious activities are taking place within U.S. borders,” and continued saying, “Malware and, more specifically, its distributors are utilizing the technologies and services that make processes, application deployment and website creation easier.”

Reports mentioned that over 40 antivirus fail to detect malware Researchers found that majority of malware applications are related to PUA’s i.e. potentially unwanted applications which are installed Microsoft Windows 32-bit portable executables (PE32) files.

SERT also mentioned about the malicious actors turning to cloud for malware distribution. It found that malware distributors are widely using cloud computing either by buying services directly or compromising legitimate domains. They are also hiding behind the reputed hosting providers like Google, Godaddy and Amazon to avoid geographic black listing. This type of modus operand has enabled distributors for cost effective ways of spreading malware through easily making them online.

Reports also provide recommendations to Internet Service Providers to limit the risk associated with malware distributions by sites hosted and domain name registered. Ultimately it is up to providers to take action for stopping the proliferation of malware.

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Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

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