Better to Skip the “Before” Pics

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Just when you think hackers couldn’t get any lower, they surprise us once again. Worse than a sextortion scam? Yep! This time bad actors have compromised a plastic surgeon’s server (Florida MD Richard Davis) and they are going after his patients–threatening to reveal the “before” pics, pre-surgery, out into the wild.

HealthITSecurity broke the story, and Jessica David reported: “January 10, 2020 – Current and former patients of Richard Davis, MD, who operates The Center for Facial Restoration, have received ransom demands from a cybercriminal who hacked the clinic’s server, [..] this is one of the first reported incidents where the hackers targeted the patients, rather than just the provider.

Davis reportedly received a threatening letter from the cons who stated they had breached the clinic’s servers and stolen the medical records of patients.

The criminals requested a ransom payment from Davis. and within a few weeks, 15 to 20 of his patients reported to the clinic that they also received individual extortion attempts from the hackers “threatening the public release of their photos and personal information unless unspecified ransom demands are negotiated and met.”

Davis said: “I deeply regret that individuals currently or formally under my care have been victimized by this criminal act, and I urge you to monitor your financial information closely,” he added. “I am sickened by this unlawful and self-serving intrusion, and I am truly very sorry for your involvement in this senseless and malicious act.”

Full Story at HealthITSecurity: https://healthitsecurity.com/news/hackers-demand-ransom-from-patients-after-breaching-florida-clinic

Image Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-covered-with-plastic-bag-on-head-while-holding-sliced-blood-orange-3317038/

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