As the healthcare sector companies continues to improvise their treatment process and patient care with the availability of the new technologies, and on the same side cyber threat actors tends to exploit the vulnerabilities that are made with the technological advancements. According to data in the Cisco/Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity Almanac, the healthcare companies suffered 2-3 more cyberattacks in 2019 than the average amount for the other industries
Recently, during the monitoring process of data leaks the Cyble Research Team identified a leak disclosure post in which the REvil ransomware operators claimed to have breached Valley Health Systems.
Founded in the year 1975, and since then the Valley Health has been providing primary and preventative care to approximately 75,000 patients each year in southern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky. Valley Health operates over 40 healthcare facilities and has over 400 employees working across all their centers.
Below is the leak disclosure post been published by REvil-:
The ransomware operators claim to be in possession of company private data, details of their clients and employees, and to support this claim they have a couple of snapshots of data folders and also released a small part of a data leak. The data leak seems to contain the patient’s prescribed prescriptions, patient details (that include full name, date of birth, gender, patient ID), medical scan reports of patients, multiple Digital Imaging and Communications medical files, and much more. Below are few snapshots of the data leak from the large lot-:
Tips on how to prevent ransomware attacks –
- Never click on unverified/unidentified links
- Do not open untrusted email attachments
- Only download from sites you trust
- Never use unfamiliar USBs
- Use security software and keep it updated
- Backup your data periodically
- Isolate the infected system from the network
- Use mail server content scanning and filtering
It is recommended to follow above mentioned prevention methods and never pay the ransom.
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