Take Additional Precautions and Secure Your Networks, FBI Warns
Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that coordinated ransomware attacks are targeting hospital information systems. If it ends successfully, there could be disruptions in patient care.
Last Wednesday, the FBI and two other federal agencies revealed that for the past few weeks, malicious groups imposed several data-scrambling extortion attempts against hospitals and healthcare providers.
Officials confirmed that they had “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.” The attacks could result in “data theft and disruption of healthcare services,” the agencies added.
The Attacks and COVID-19
The agencies’ warning comes along with the fact that COVID-19 infections continue to increase nationwide. John Hopkins University has provided data that revealed 69,967 new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Records have shown that the seven-day average of new cases has increased to 20 percent.
Moreover, the officials revealed that ransomware attacks can lead to issues that will be “particularly challenging for organizations within the COVID-19 pandemic.” Thus, they are encouraging institutions “to take precautions to protect their networks. Recommended precautions include regularly updating software, backing up data, and monitoring who is accessing their systems.”
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