Healthcare


  • COVID-19 Vaccine-Maker Hit with Cyberattack, Data Breach

    October 23, 2020

    COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has shut down its plants in Brazil, India, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. following a cyberattack, according to reports. The Indian company is the contractor for Russia’s “Sputinik V” COVID-19 vaccine, which is about to enter Phase 2 human trials. The Drug Control General of India (DCGI) gave the ...

  • Cybercriminals Gamble With Victims’ Livelihoods To Pass the Covid-19 Blues

    October 12, 2020

    In the Trend Micro 2020 midyear security report, we discussed how the Covid-19 global pandemic affected the cybersecurity industry. However, the pandemic didn’t just change the way businesses (and subsequently, their employees) operate; the nature of certain criminal activities have also changed in this time of isolation. Interestingly, some of this involves what we might call ...

  • New Jersey hospital paid ransomware gang $670K to prevent data leak

    October 3, 2020

    University Hospital New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey, paid a $670,000 ransomware demand this month to prevent the publishing of 240 GB of stolen data, including patient info. The attack on the hospital occurred in early September by a ransomware operation known as SunCrypt, who infiltrates a network, steals unencrypted files, and then encrypts all of ...

  • UHS hospital network hit by ransomware attack

    September 28, 2020

    Universal Health Services (UHS), a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest healthcare providers in the US, has been impacted by a ransomware attack over the weekend. UHS hospitals have been operating without internal IT systems since Sunday morning, according to employees and patients who took to social media today. Some patients have been turned away ...

  • Healthcare lags behind in critical vulnerability management, banks hold their ground

    September 22, 2020

    Vulnerability management is a key component of modern strategies to combat cyberattackers, but which industries perform well in this area? The general public faces phishing attempts, spam, malvertising, and more in their daily lives. However, in the business realm, successfully targeting major companies — including banks, industrial giants, and medical facilities — can be far more ...

  • Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital in Germany

    September 17, 2020

    A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. German authorities are investigating the unknown perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press, German news outlet ...

  • 1H 2020 Cyber Security Defined by Covid-19 Pandemic

    September 15, 2020

    When we published our 2020 Predictions report in December, we didn’t realize there was a global pandemic brewing that would give cybercriminals an almost daily news cycle to take advantage of in their attacks against people and organizations around the world. Malicious actors have always taken advantage of big news to use as lures for ...

  • Digital Education: The cyberrisks of the online classroom

    September 4, 2020

    This past spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, online learning became the new norm as universities and classrooms around the world were forced to close their doors. By April 29, 2020, more than 1.2 billion children across 186 countries were impacted by school closures. Shortly after schools began to transition to emergency remote learning, it ...

  • DarkSide: New targeted ransomware demands million dollar ransoms

    August 21, 2020

    A new ransomware operation named DarkSide began attacking organizations earlier this month with customized attacks that have already earned them million-dollar payouts. Starting around August 10th, 2020, the new ransomware operation began performing targeted attacks against numerous companies. In a “press release” issued by the threat actors, they claim to be former affiliates who had made millions ...

  • New FritzFrog P2P botnet has breached at least 500 enterprise, government servers

    August 19, 2020

    A P2P botnet newly-discovered by researchers has struck at least 500 government and enterprise SSH servers over 2020. On Wednesday, cybersecurity firm Guardicore Labs published research into FritzFrog, a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet that has been detected by the company’s sensors since January this year. According to researcher Ophir Harpaz, FritzFrog has attempted to brute-force SSH servers belonging ...

  • NHS hit with wave of scam emails at height of COVID-19 pandemic

    August 12, 2020

    NHS staff were hit with a wave of malicious email attacks at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with doctors, nurses and other key workers reporting over 40,000 spam and phishing attacks between March and the first half of July. Data from NHS Digital obtained through a Freedom of Information request sent by UK think tank, ...

  • Hackers can remotely hijack enterprise, healthcare Temi robots

    August 6, 2020

    Robots used in hospitals and care homes to assist patients and the vulnerable can be fully hijacked by cyberattackers. On Thursday at Black Hat USA, McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research (ATR) team disclosed new research into the robots, in which remotely-exploitable vulnerabilities were uncovered, potentially leading to mobile, audio, and video tampering on the hospital floor. The robot ...

  • INTERPOL report shows alarming rate of cyberattacks during COVID-19

    August 4, 2020

    An INTERPOL assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime has shown a significant target shift from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure. With organizations and businesses rapidly deploying remote systems and networks to support staff working from home, criminals are also taking advantage of increased security vulnerabilities to steal data, ...

  • FBI warns of Netwalker ransomware targeting US government and organisations

    July 29, 2020

    The FBI has issued a security alert about Netwalker ransomware operators targeting U.S. and foreign government organizations, advising their victims not to pay the ransom and reporting incidents to their local FBI field offices. FBI’s flash alert also provides indicators of compromise associated with the Netwalker ransomware (also known as Mailto) and includes a list of ...

  • Russian hackers tried to steal coronavirus vaccine – UK accuses Putin’s secretive spy team

    July 16, 2020

    The UK Government has released a joint statement with the US and Canada claiming Moscow has sought to infiltrate research from pharmaceutical companies and universities. It is believed Cozy Bear, a group linked to the Russian government, have sought to steal the information to help the country’s own efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The sophisticated ...

  • IcedID Banker is Back, Adding Steganography, COVID-19 Theme

    June 18, 2020

    A new version of the IcedID banking trojan has debuted that notably embraces steganography – the practice of hiding code within images – in order to stealthily infect victims. It has also changed up its process for eavesdropping on victims’ web activity. Researchers at Juniper Threat Labs have uncovered an email spam campaign circulating in the ...

  • Do cybercriminals play cyber games during quarantine?

    June 17, 2020

    Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the role of the Internet in our lives has undergone changes, including irreversible ones. Some of these changes are definitely for the better, some are not very good, but almost all of them in some way affect digital security issues. We decided to take a closer look at the changes around ...

  • Ripple20 vulnerabilities will haunt the IoT landscape for years to come

    June 16, 2020

    Cyber-security experts have revealed today 19 vulnerabilities in a small library designed in the 90s that has been widely used and integrated into countless of enterprise and consumer-grade products over the last 20+ years. The number if impacted products is estimated at “hundreds of millions” and includes products such as smart home devices, power grid equipment, ...

  • Germany launches terrorism probe over planned attack on Muslims

    June 8, 2020

    German authorities arrested a 21-year-old man and launched a terrorism investigation after he threatened to carry out an attack targeting Muslims, prosecutors said on Monday. The 21-year-old man from the northern city of Hildesheim made the threat in an anonymous online chat forum on May 29, announcing his intention to carry out an attack “with multiple ...

  • ‘[F]Unicorn’ Ransomware Impersonates Legit COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App

    May 27, 2020

    A fresh ransomware strain known as “Unicorn” has emerged, first seen this week targeting users by pretending to be an official government COVID-19 contact tracing app. According to an advisory from the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) from the Agency for Digital Italy (AgID), the malware family is taking advantage of the rollout of “Immuni” – ...