RANSOMWARE ACTIVITY TARGETING THE HEALTHCARE AND PUBLIC HEALTH SECTOR

A joint cybersecurity advisory has been issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in an attempt to warn the U.S. healthcare sector about a wave of ransomware activity.

The warning states, “CISA, FBI, and HHS have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. CISA, FBI, and HHS are sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats.”

Key Findings

“CISA, FBI, and HHS assess malicious cyber actors are targeting the HPH Sector with Trickbot malware, often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft, and the disruption of healthcare services.”

“These issues will be particularly challenging for organizations within the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, administrators will need to balance this risk when determining their cybersecurity investments.”

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To read the full advisory, visit: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-302a 

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