Nobody is invisible to ransom attacks: Cybercriminals Looking for medical organizations
In these difficult times, cybercriminals are targeting both consumers and institutions. Malicious groups are increasingly targeting hospitals and healthcare institutions to take advantage of the increasing pressure on resources. Many of these groups use the attacks to get ransom money, endanger the hospital system, block patient records or research vaccines until a large ransom has been paid. The amount charged is usually associated with high fees for Bitcoins or other cryptographic currencies, as these are generally more difficult to trace.
However, unlike old tax records or private family photographs, the loss or mass release of patient records can literally mean life or death for those waiting for emergency assistance or a diagnosis. The bad actors count on this urgency to make sure their ransom is paid.
Beware of the old tactics with a new exit.
The tactics of these cyber criminals can be a combination of traditional phishing and vulnerability exploitation. The WHO has reportedly doubled the number of phishing attacks by cybercriminals to steal access data. Some groups of blackmailers stated that they would not attack hospitals given the current strain on healthcare systems. However, requests from criminal organisations should be treated with caution.
Maintain your safety level
At the same time, McAfee Advanced Threat Research is closely monitoring emerging threats to exploit the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. The group has analysed these threats based on geographical data and will continue to report on the results. While these threats are not unexpected, as cybercriminals always try to profit from major events, it is disappointing that at a time when the world needs to unite, some do not show the necessary respect for the community spirit.
Stay one step ahead of malicious threats
Whether you are a doctor, general practitioner, or both, here are some tips to help you stay one step ahead of the malicious tactics used to attack people and medical facilities.
- Protect your home network by checking device passwords and Wi-Fi passwords Make sure your system and software are up to date and take the time to wait for updates.
- Avoid clicking on letters and texts from unknown senders. Please pay attention to all messages from official sources that ask for urgent action on the links provided or that ask for your access data.
- They often come to us with their family and friends and if necessary act as their technical advisor to distract them from social engineering or spamming. Consider using a free and secure browser extension that can help you stay away from illegal sites.
- Make sure you install proper protection on devices that can now spend much more time online.
- Don’t forget your phone – be protected from malicious applications and laugh/virginity attempts.
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