Surgery faces lawsuit over poor cybersecurity practices

Edward Kost
Edward Kost
February 13, 2021

Wilmington Surgical Associates is facing a lawsuit for its cybersecurity negligence that resulted in a data breach.

In October 2020, the surgical practice fell victim to a ransomware attack by the infamous NetWalker cybercriminals.

The cyber attackers accessed the following patient data:

  • Patient names
  • Dates of birth
  • Social Security numbers
  • Clinical information

Rhine Law Firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Wilmington Surgical to force the practice to implement stronger cybersecurity measures and to submit audits of its security practices.

The healthcare and financial industries are under particular pressure to conform to strict regulatory standards. These are fast-paced industries

Because these industries store highly valuable data, they’re constantly in the crosshairs of cyber attackers, and because they’re under constant pressure, the bandwidth for cybersecurity is a slither at best.

Wilmington Surgical’s lawsuit demonstrates that cybersecurity complacency is no longer tolerated. Organizations that struggle to defend their security posture need to immediately adopt managed services to avoid costly regulatory fines and lawsuits.

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Wilmington Surgical Associates is a medical group practice located in Wilmington, NC that specializes in General Surgery.
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