FBI warns of 'increased and imminent' ransomware threat to health care sector
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The FBI has warned of a major ransomware threat to the U.S. health care sector.
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In a statement, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services explain they have “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.”
Officials specifically cite the deployment of ransomware such as Ryuk, which has already been used in targeted attacks.
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In a ransomware attack, hackers typically encrypt a computer network’s data to hold it “hostage,” providing a digital decryption key to unlock it for a price.
“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,” the three government agencies said in the statement.
“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,” they added.