There is a lot of discussion on how ransomware costs healthcare billions of dollars and not enough discussion on how it impacts the patient’s safety.
This new type of ransomware — which was linked to a cyberattack against an Ohio-based health system in August — employs a multi-pronged approach, focusing not only on encrypting sensitive data but also on terminating backup processes to make it harder for organizations to recover from the attack.
Criminals have launched a ransomware attack against the Department of Health in Ireland, shortly after a similar cyberattack shut down much of the IT infrastructure at the Health Service Executive (HSE). The Irish government confirmed the latest attempt yesterday, two days after the HSE was hit by a new variant of the Conti ransomware virus …
The San Diego-based health system experienced a cyberattack on Saturday, following which it suspended user access to several IT applications, including its patient portal. Though it is not clear if patient data was compromised, care services were affected, with the system having to reschedule some appointments and revert to paper records.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says it suffered a cyberattack, with documents relating to a Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine accessed. In a terse statement, the EU regulator confirmed its security had been breached and said it had launched an investigation with law enforcement, but would not be providing any additional information while that probe …
The FBI, along with two other federal agencies, released a joint advisory warning that the U.S. healthcare system is the target of a concerted ransomware attack. Cybersecurity experts are urging healthcare organizations to shore up their IT networks and remain vigilant.