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Go Phish – Phishing Scams Still Alive And Well

It may seem like phishing scams have been around forever, and people are more and more aware of them. So surely by now businesses and tech savvy individuals have stopped falling for them? Not so. Phishing scams are still alive and well.

US Healthcare Providers Phished

This past May, the Oregon State Hospital fell victim to a phishing scam, and the Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants disclosed a past phishing scam.

In Oregon, the phishing scam gave hackers access to names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, diagnoses, and treatment care plans. Even though they plan to notify individuals within 4 – 6 weeks, that leaves victims exposed and unsuspecting for that period of time.

In June 2018, an untrained employee at the Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants group fell victim. The breach wasn’t disclosed until May 2019. That’s an unsettling amount of time for people to be unaware their information may have been exposed. Names, social security numbers, government IDs, financial data, dates of birth, and medical records may have been leaked.

Canadians Fall For Phishing Scams Too

In November and December 2018, BC credit union Coast Capital Savings had hundreds of thousands of dollars stollen after several of their members were phished. Phishing occurs on mobile devices too, as people responded to text messages asking for login information.

How Can I Protect My Business From Getting Phished?

Just because you’re intelligent doesn’t mean you can’t get phished! The best way to protect your company is with training and education. Check out our prior blog post about other tips to keep yourself and your employees from being phished.

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