Healthcare


  • 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 ...

  • COVID-19 Data-Sharing App Leaked Healthcare Worker Info

    November 11, 2020

    A platform used by healthcare workers in the Philippines designed to share data about COVID-19 cases contained multiple flaws that exposed healthcare worker data and could potentially could have leaked patient data. Vulnerabilities found in both the COVID-KAYA platform’s web and Android apps allowed for unauthorized users to access private data about the platform’s users and ...

  • When Threat Actors Fly Under the Radar: Vatet, PyXie and Defray777

    November 6, 2020

    As security practitioners, Palo Alto Unit 42 researchers spend a lot of time focusing on the threat actors and malware families that leverage the most impactful exploits or affect the highest number of victims. But what happens when a threat actor goes “low and slow” to fly under the radar? One could argue that, in ...

  • Healthcare system facing ‘increased and imminent’ cyber threat

    November 3, 2020

    Federal agencies warn that cybercriminals are escalating their extortion attempts against the healthcare sector even as hospitals are facing a nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases. In a joint alert, the FBI and two federal agencies warned that they had “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers”. The alert ...

  • Cybersecurity: One in three attacks are coronavirus-related

    November 3, 2020

    The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is ‘stepping up support’ for the National Health Service to help protect UK hospitals and other healthcare organisations against cyberattacks. The NCSC’s Annual Review 2020 reveals that the cyber arm of GCHQ has handled more 200 cyber incidents related to coronavirus during the course of this year – almost ...

  • Brooklyn & Vermont hospitals are latest Ryuk ransomware victims

    October 29, 2020

    Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn and the University of Vermont Health Network are the latest victims of the Ryuk ransomware attack spree covering the healthcare industry across the U.S. Yesterday, the U.S. government hosted an emergency call with stakeholders in the healthcare industry to alert them to an “increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. ...

  • Threat Assessment: Ryuk Ransomware and Trickbot Targeting U.S. Healthcare and Public Health Sector

    October 29, 2020

    On Oct. 28, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a joint cybersecurity alert regarding an increased and imminent cybersecurity threat to the U.S. healthcare system. Threat operators have displayed a heightened interest in targeting the healthcare and the public ...

  • FBI warning: Trickbot and ransomware attackers plan big hit on US hospitals

    October 29, 2020

    US healthcare providers, already under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, have been put on high alert over Trickbot malware and ransomware targeting the sector. The warning over an “imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers” comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ...

  • Singapore’s worst-ever data breach prompted the nation to bolster its cyber defences

    October 26, 2020

    In 2018, Singapore suffered its worst ever data breach when inadequate cybersecurity at SingHealth saw a quarter of the population’s medical records stolen. The subsequent official review recommended remedies that should already be basic security policies. Two years after the SingHealth hack, Singapore’s cybersecurity is being improved by everything from the fintech-oriented @-Wise Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence ...