Healthcare


  • Disgruntled Former Employee Disrupted Shipments of Needed PPE During Pandemic

    January 6, 2021

    When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States last spring, a Georgia-based medical equipment packaging company worked to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical workers treating sick patients. But a disgruntled former employee thwarted those efforts at a time when protective equipment was desperately needed. Christopher Dobbins, a vice-president in the company who’d been fired a ...

  • Cyberattacks on Healthcare Spike 45% Since November

    January 5, 2021

    As COVID-19 ravages international healthcare systems, cybercriminals have decided to leverage the increasingly dire circumstances to squeeze a few bucks out of the human suffering. According to new findings from Check Point Software, healthcare organizations have seen a 45-percent increase in cyberattacks since November, which is more than double other industry sectors, which a average 22-percent ...

  • Singapore police had used COVID-19 contact tracing data in murder probe

    January 5, 2021

    The Singapore government has defended its decision to allow the police to access the country’s COVID-19 contact tracing data when necessary, in order to safeguard public safety and interest. It reveals that data collected via the TraceTogether platform already has been tapped at least once to assist in a homicide investigation. Its defence came a day ...

  • Emotet malware hits Lithuania’s National Public Health Center

    December 30, 2020

    The internal networks of Lithuania’s National Center for Public Health (NVSC) and several municipalities have been infected with Emotet malware following a large campaign targeting the country’s state institutions. “When infected recipients opened infected messages, the virus entered the internal networks of the institutions,” NVSC officials said in a statement published today. “Infected computers, after downloading additional ...

  • Lazarus covets COVID-19-related intelligence

    December 23, 2020

    As the COVID-19 crisis grinds on, some threat actors are trying to speed up vaccine development by any means available. We have found evidence that actors, such as the Lazarus group, are going after intelligence that could help these efforts by attacking entities related to COVID-19 research. While tracking the Lazarus group’s continuous campaigns targeting various ...

  • FBI warns of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine related fraud schemes

    December 22, 2020

    US federal agencies have warned about scammers exploiting the public’s interest in the COVID-19 vaccine to harvest personal information and steal money through multiple ongoing and emerging fraud schemes. The warning was issued earlier today through the FBI National Press Office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services Office ...

  • 45 Million Medical Images Left Exposed Online

    December 15, 2020

    More than 45 million medical images—and the personally identifiable information (PII) and personal healthcare information (PHI) associated with them–have been left exposed online due to unsecured technology that’s typically used to store, send and receive medical data, new research has found. A team from CybelAngel Analyst Team uncovered sensitive medical records and images–including X-rays CT scans ...

  • The story of the year: remote work

    December 10, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has caused sudden, sweeping change around the world. The necessary social distancing measures are having an impact on all of us. One large part of society that has been affected by these measures more than others is the employed. While direct customer facing businesses like restaurants and retailers have had to change ...

  • European Medicines Agency says it has been targeted by cyber attack

    December 9, 2020

    In a short statement published on its website, the agency said: “EMA has been the subject of a cyberattack. The agency has swiftly launched a full investigation, in close cooperation with law enforcement and other relevant entities. “EMA cannot provide additional details whilst the investigation is ongoing. Further information will be made available in due course,” ...

  • Severe MDHexRay bug affects 100+ GE Healthcare imaging systems

    December 9, 2020

    A vulnerability in GE Healthcare’s proprietary management software used for medical imaging devices could put patients’ health privacy at risk, potentially their lives. The flaw received the name MDHexRay (CVE-2020-25179) and a severity score of 9.8 out of 10. It affects more than 100 CT, X-Ray, MRI device models in a dozen product lines from the ...

  • Phishing campaign targets organizations in COVID-19 vaccine cold chain

    December 3, 2020

    IBM’s cyber-security division says that hackers are targeting companies associated with the storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccines using temperature-controlled environments — also known as the COVID-19 vaccine cold chain. The attacks consisted of spear-phishing emails seeking to collect credentials for a target’s internal email and applications. Targets of the attacks included a wide variety of companies, ...

  • Digitally Signed Bandook Trojan Reemerges in Global Spy Campaign

    November 30, 2020

    A wave of targeted cyberattack campaigns bent on espionage is cresting around the globe, using a strain of a 13-year old backdoor trojan named Bandook. According to Check Point Research, Bandook was last spotted being used in 2015 and 2017/2018, in the “Operation Manul” and “Dark Caracal” campaigns, respectively. The malware then all but disappeared from ...

  • This new cyberattack can dupe DNA scientists into creating dangerous viruses and toxins

    November 30, 2020

    A new form of cyberattack has been developed which highlights the potential future ramifications of digital assaults against the biological research sector. On Monday, academics from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev described how “unwitting” biologists and scientists could become victims of cyberattacks designed to take biological warfare to another level. At a time where scientists worldwide ...

  • Personal data of 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients exposed online

    November 26, 2020

    The personal and health information of more than 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients has been leaked online after a hospital employee uploaded a spreadsheet with usernames, passwords, and access keys to sensitive government systems on GitHub this month. Among the systems that had credentials exposed were E-SUS-VE and Sivep-Gripe, two government databases used to store data ...

  • Ransomware hits largest US fertility network, patient data stolen

    November 26, 2020

    US Fertility, the largest network of fertility centers in the U.S., says that some of its systems were encrypted in a ransomware attack that affected the company two months ago, in September 2020. The US Fertility (USF) network is comprised of 55 locations across 10 states that completed almost 25,000 IVF cycles in 2018 through its ...

  • German COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Vulnerability Allowed RCE

    November 19, 2020

    A security vulnerability in the infrastructure underlying Germany’s official COVID-19 contact-tracing app, called the Corona-Warn-App (CWA), would have allowed pre-authenticated remote code execution (RCE). Researcher Alvaro Muñoz wrote in a report this week that he and his team at GitHub Security Labs were chasing down RCE vulnerabilities on the platform and found one in the infrastructure ...

  • Food-Supply Giant Americold Admits Cyberattack

    November 19, 2020

    Americold, a company whose cold-storage capabilities are integral to the U.S. food-supply chain (and soon, COVID-19 vaccine distribution), has confirmed an operations-impacting cyberattack, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The filing was brief and read in part: “As a precautionary measure, the company took immediate steps to help contain the incident ...

  • Adventures in MQTT Part II: Identifying MQTT Brokers in the Wild

    November 18, 2020

    The use of publicly accessible MQTT brokers is prevalent across numerous verticals and technology fields. I was able to identify systems related to energy production, hospitality, finance, healthcare, pharmaceutical manufacturing, building management, surveillance, workplace safety, vehicle fleet management, shipping, construction, natural resource management, agriculture, smart homes and far more. Hackers have been sounding alarms about this ...

  • Malicious Actors Target Comm Apps such as Zoom, Slack, Discord

    November 16, 2020

    In our 2020 midyear report, we discussed how the Covid-19 pandemic had forced many organizations to shift from physical offices to virtual ones — a change that also led to the rise of messaging and video conferencing apps as indispensable tools for communication. While these apps have provided businesses a way of maintaining communication between ...

  • Nation-State Attackers Actively Target COVID-19 Vaccine-Makers

    November 13, 2020

    Three nation-state cyberattack groups are actively attempting to hack companies involved in COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research, researchers said. Russia’s APT28 Fancy Bear, the Lazarus Group from North Korea and another North Korea-linked group dubbed Cerium are believed to be behind the ongoing assaults. According to Tom Burt, corporate vice president of Customer Security and Trust ...