US Authorities Warn Of 'imminent' Cyber Threat To Hospitals
Daniyal Sohail 1 month ago Thu 29th October 2020 | 12:27 PM
US security authorities warned Wednesday of an "imminent cybercrime threat" to hospitals and healthcare providers, urging them to increase their protection
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Oct, 2020 ) :US security authorities warned Wednesday of an "imminent cybercrime threat" to hospitals and healthcare providers, urging them to increase their protection.
An advisory released by the FBI and two other government agencies said they had "credible information" that hackers were targeting the healthcare sector using malware, "often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft, and the disruption of healthcare services." The threat comes as US hospitals grapple with rising numbers of coronavirus cases, during a pandemic which has so far killed more than 226,000 people in the country.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software used by cybercriminals to encrypt users' files until a ransom is paid.
Healthcare institutions have been frequent victims of ransomware for several years in the US and globally.
The Federal agencies urged US healthcare providers to take "timely and reasonable precautions" to protect their networks.
They encouraged healthcare providers to patch their operating systems, software and firmware as soon as possible, and to conduct antivirus and anti-malware scans regularly.
The agencies also recommended changing passwords regularly and using multi-factor authentication.