The HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules, is developing guidance on how to react to a ransomware attack, and two members of Congress have chimed in with their own ideas.

In a letter to Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) ask to raise issues that differentiate ransomware from conventional hacking. For instance, on the question of whether ransomware is a breach of protected health information if the information was not moved from where it is served but is not accessible, the lawmakers say yes.

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