Ransomware attackers threaten to reveal medical information of patients

Two ransomware attacks have occurred in the United States involving OakBend Medical Center and Medical Associates of the Lehigh Valley, and the attackers are threatening to reveal details about patients.

The Daixin Team has claimed responsibility for the attack on OakBend Medical Centre that brought the organization’s communications and IT systems to a standstill, as well as the theft of internal data and other details. The gang has also threatened to leak the data, presumably to prove that it stole the details or force the health organization to comply with its demands.

OakBend said it shut down the infected computers and immediately contacted the FBI and local cybersecurity authorities, as well as experts from Microsoft, Dell and Malware Protects. Furthermore, no patient safety was compromised, and its telephone system was partially restored, albeit without voicemail, and its email service was up and running.

Medical Associates of the Lehigh Valley claimed that a sophisticated ransomware crew breached its network security and gained access to 75,628 data from people. The company said it immediately began backing up its systems, enlisted the help of third-party experts to find out the extent of the vulnerability, and reported the attack to federal law enforcement.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
The online resource for Canadian Information Technology professionals.

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