Ransomware Impacts

MultiCare Notifies 23K of Third-Party Breach

Health IT Security, December 23, 2022

MultiCare Health System in Washington suffered a third-party data breach that originated at its mailing service provider, Kaye-Smith. As previously reported, the breach at Kaye-Smith impacted other healthcare organizations, including 31,573 individuals at St. Luke’s Health System in Idaho. The breach impacted more than 23,000 individuals at MultiCare.

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Toronto children’s hospital confirms it was hit by ransomware

IT World Canada, December 22, 2022

The impact of the ransomware attack that hit Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children may last for weeks. In an online statement today the hospital said it anticipates that it will be a matter of weeks before all systems are functioning as normal. There is no evidence to date that personal information or personal health information has been impacted.

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US Healthcare Targeted in Royal Cyber Attacks

Tech Report, December 21, 2022

A new ransomware named Royal has infected Healthcare and Public Healthcare sectors in the US. It is unknown how many successful attacks have occurred but Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) have stated that ransoms from $250,000 to over $2 million USD have been demanded.

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HC3 warns healthcare organizations of BlackCat ransomware variant

Becker’s Health IT, December 14, 2022

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, or HC3, is warning healthcare organizations to be on the lookout for the BlackCat ransomware variant.

Known to be in operation since November 2021, BlackCat has already targeted the healthcare and public health sector and is expected to continue, according to the Dec. 12 HC3 analyst note. It is “part of one of the most sophisticated ransomware-as-a-service operations in the global cybercriminal ecosystem,” HC3 said.

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HHS Warns Healthcare Sector of LockBit 3.0, BlackCat Ransomware

Health IT Security, December 14, 2022

The HHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) issued two new analyst notes detailing the tactics and indicators of compromise for LockBit 3.0 and BlackCat. The LockBit ransomware family and the BlackCat ransomware variant have been observed targeting the healthcare sector.

Healthcare organizations should remain vigilant and apply recommended mitigations to reduce risk.

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How Criminals Extort Healthcare Victims With Ransomware

Healthcare Info Security, December 14, 2022

Ransomware operations have become expert at finding ways to make a victim pay, and healthcare organizations are no exception. But experts say there are multiple steps healthcare sector entities in particular can take to better protect themselves and ensure that in the event of an attack, they can quickly restore systems and never have to consider paying a ransom.

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