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HHS Shares Resources for Avoiding Ransomware Attacks

American College of Radiology, June 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is encouraging organizations to familiarize themselves with the growing threat of ransomware — malicious software that blocks access to a computer system until an amount of money (ransom) is paid — and to take steps to avoid the threat. HHS recently provided links to online government resources to help healthcare facilities protect their computer systems from the ransomware threat.

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Cybersecurity for healthcare systems, medical devices more critical than ever

Today’s Medical Developments, June 11, 2021

Rise in ransomware attacks forcing hospitals to harden cybersecurity.

Cybercriminals have stepped up their game during the pandemic, launching ransomware attacks at a frenzied pace. In 2020, more than 90 U.S. healthcare organizations reported ransomware attacks, which affected over 600 separate clinics, hospitals and organizations and 18 million-plus patient records.

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Opinion: We at Scripps Health were victims of a ransomware attack. Here’s what we’ve learned.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 10, 2021

This past year, we’ve witnessed doctors, nurses and hospitals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic performing heroically in the face of the most difficult circumstances seen in a century. Just as it seems hospitals and health-care systems may be rounding a corner on coronavirus, the cybersecurity threat has been covertly plaguing our hospital systems and critical care facilities.

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Ransomware gang behind Ireland attack also hit US health and emergency networks

MSN, May 23, 2021

The ransomware attack that hobbled the Irish healthcare system was far from an isolated incident.  BleepingComputer and Gizmodo note that the FBI has issued a flash alert warning that the ransomware group behind the Ireland attack also targeted “at least” 16 healthcare and emergency networks, including police and 911 dispatch centers.  The group used Conti ransomware that steals files, encrypts systems and pressures victims into paying through a portal lest their data be sold or published online.

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