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Massive Ransomware Assault on Healthcare

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CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) jointly released a cybersecurity advisory on October 28, 2020 warning of an imminent cybercrime threat to healthcare providers. Since the original release, the warning has been revised to include additional information. The advisory, Alert (AA20-302A) can be found here.  Authorities have claimed this to be one of the most significan…

U.S. Treasury Department Warns of Possible Violations

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Paying ransomware hackers could run afoul of anti-money laundering regulations. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory that, depending on the circumstances, facilitating ransomware payments to cyber-criminals could constitute money transmission, thus violating anti-money laundering regulations. In addition, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an advisory that engaging in transactions, such as ransomware payments, with individuals or entities on the…

Universal Health Services (UHS) Hit by Ransomware Attack

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Early on the morning of Sunday, September 27, 2020, end users at a United Health Services (UHS) hospital were greeted with locked phones and computer screens hijacked by ransomware. The giant hospital system has reverted back to paper forms, with no electronic access to online patient data, including lab results and historical information. Healthcare workers at the hospitals were told that it would take days to get the systems back online. UHS serves millions of patients through 400 facilitie…

Vigilant Ops Announces Availability of InSight Platform V1 for HDOs

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Healthcare Delivery Organizations Gain Visibility into Risk Profile of Deployed Medical Devices. Today, Vigilant Ops, an innovator in medical device cybersecurity, announced the immediate availability of InSight Platform V1 for Healthcare Delivery Organizations, providing HDOs with an automated solution for monitoring the health of their deployed medical devices.  The InSight Platform V1 for Medical Device Manufacturers (MDMs) was released on May 11 and provided MDMs an automated solutio…

Ransomware Attack Leads to Fatality

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Third-party software component vulnerability exploit causes treatment delay, leading to patient death. Healthcare providers have long been a favorite target for bad actors launching cyberattacks, which usually resulted in the loss of sensitive patient data. A recent cyberattack, however, has resulted in the loss of a patient’s life. On September 10, 2020, Dusseldorf University Hospital reported the first death resulting from a cyberattack.  An exploit of a third-party software component …

Cyberspace Solarium Commission – A Public-Private Brainstorming Initiative

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The United States Cybersecurity Solarium Commission (CSC) was formed in 2019 to “develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber-attacks of significant consequences.” The CSC published their report to the public on March 11, 2020. The report consists of more than 80 recommendations and more than 50 legislative proposals. Vigilant Ops recently sponsored a webinar during which a summary of the report and potential impacts on the medical …