In the wake of a ransomware attack that disrupted patient care services for hundreds of Allscripts' customers, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the cloud-based electronic health records vendor for allegedly "failing to secure its systems and data from cyberattacks."
After spiking in 2017, the volume of attacks involving ransomware has since declined, but the malware still remains a potent threat. For attackers, ransomware barriers to entry are lower than ever, thanks to highly automated ransomware-as-a-service offerings.
A ransomware attack on electronic health records vendor Allscripts late last week is a reminder of the potential disruption to patient care delivery healthcare entities can face if a cloud-services provider suffers a cyberattack. It also points to the need for business continuity planning.
The operators of the Necurs botnet continue to target victims with phishing campaigns designed to infect them with banking malware, ransomware and cryptocurrency fever, as well as to generate profits via dating website referrals.
A recent incident involving an Indiana hospital that publicly admitted to paying a $55,000 ransom to unlock data following a ransomware attack - despite having backup systems - highlights the need to test data recovery plans.
Information security truisms: 2017 was the year of more cybersecurity - more attacks, more spending, more defenses, more breaches - and 2018 will see more of everything "cyber," plus GDPR enforcement, proxy wars online and more.
Two London-based Romanians recently arrested in Bucharest as part of a roundup of alleged ransomware attackers have been accused of hacking into Washington surveillance cameras and using them as a launchpad for Cerber and Dharma ransomware attacks.
Police in Romania have arrested five individuals on suspicion of launching crypto-locking ransomware attacks. Three men are accused of targeting Europeans via spam carrying CTB Locker, while two men have been charged with using Cerber to target U.S. victims.
The HITRUST Cyber Threat Xchange played a role in making U.S. healthcare organizations aware of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware campaign early enough to help them thwart the threat, says HITRUST's Elie Nasrallah.
An international police operation has resulted in the disruption of the long-running Andromeda botnet and associated Gamarue crimeware toolkit. Andromeda has been used to distribute 80 types of malware, including backdoors, banking Trojans and ransomware, security experts say.
Connected medical devices are a significant potential new attack surface that may not be covered by security tools and systems, says Ariel Shuper of Check Point Software Technologies. How can healthcare providers immunize their medical devices against threats before they are compromised?
Because cyberattacks continue to bypass next-generation security technologies, it's important not to underestimate the role humans play in attack detection and threat mitigation, says Rohyt Belani of PhishMe.
Adoption of the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance - or DMARC - standard is very low in the healthcare sector, and broader use could greatly reduce phishing risks, according to a new study.