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GHC-SCW Hack: Ransomware Actors Stolen User’s Personal Information

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) has announced a significant breach in their cybersecurity, leading to unauthorized access and theft of personal information by ransomware actors.

This incident has raised alarms about the security measures to protect sensitive health information and the increasing arrogance of cybercriminals targeting healthcare institutions.

In the early hours of January 25, 2024, GHC-SCW’s vigilant IT Department detected unauthorized access within their network.

Swift action was taken to isolate and secure the network, which temporarily made several systems unavailable.

Although the attackers attempted to encrypt GHC-SCW’s system, they were frustrated.

The healthcare provider promptly reported the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and engaged external cyber incident response experts to assist in restoring and securing their network and systems.

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Discovery of Data Theft

The investigation into the breach took a grim turn on February 9, 2024, when evidence emerged that the attackers had managed to exfiltrate data, including protected health information (PHI).

The stolen PHI encompassed a range of sensitive details such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and death, social security numbers, member numbers, and Medicare and Medicaid numbers.

The breach was confirmed when a foreign ransomware gang contacted GHC-SCW, claiming responsibility for the attack and data theft.

GHC-SCW has taken the breach seriously, working closely with the FBI and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to mitigate potential harm.

Affected individuals and all necessary state and federal agencies and certain consumer reporting agencies have been informed of the breach.

GHC-SCW has strengthened its security measures across all systems and networks to prevent future incidents.

These enhancements include strengthening existing controls, improving data backup procedures, and intensifying user training and awareness programs.

Assurance to Affected Individuals

Despite the alarming nature of the breach, GHC-SCW has assured that there is no indication that the stolen information has been used or further disclosed.

The healthcare provider is taking comprehensive steps to mitigate any potential harm resulting from this incident and is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of the information in its possession.

The GHC-SCW hack serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities within the healthcare sector and the importance of robust cybersecurity measures.

As cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated, healthcare providers must remain vigilant and proactive in protecting sensitive health information.

GHC-SCW’s response to the incident demonstrates a commitment to security and the well-being of its members.

Still, it underscores the ongoing challenges in safeguarding personal information in the digital age.

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Divya is a Senior Journalist at GBhackers covering Cyber Attacks, Threats, Breaches, Vulnerabilities and other happenings in the cyber world.

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