US hospital faces a ransomware attack during the global pandemic.

Hospitals continue to face ransomware attacks in the midst of the global pandemic as they already face intense pressure because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The British IT security firm Sophos tweeted that Ryuk’s ransomware had targeted a United States-based healthcare provider. Hospitals are already facing intense pressure due to the ongoing global pandemic as the number of COVID 19 positive continue to increase exponentially. 

 

Ransomware operators Maze and DoppelPaymer would no longer target hospitals.

According to cybersecurity publication, BleepingComputer published a report after contacting seven ransomware operators to ask if they would continue to target hospitals despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Out of seven, only two ransomware operators, Maze and DoppelPaymer, said that they would no longer attack the hospitals. Maze later decrypted the data that it had stolen from a drug testing company that it had targeted before the pandemic. 

 

Ryuk ransomware has attacked at least ten hospitals in March.

Earlier, Bleepingcomputer reported that software security firm SentinelOne had identified at least ten instances of Ryuk targeting at least ten healthcare organizations in the month of March, including one attack on a network of 9 hospitals. The coronavirus outbreak has overwhelmed hospitals in several countries all over the world, and getting targeted with ransomware is the last thing hospitals want. So far, over 700,000 people have been tested positive for COVID 19 all over the world, and over 37,000 people have lost their lives. 

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Jai Pratap
Jai Pratap
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