Malware

An article by author, Jessica Davis, of HIMSS Media, in yesterday's (9/5/2017) edition of Healthcare IT News, entitled, "Hackers are ransoming 26,000 unsecured MongoDB databases, security researchers find", alerts readers about specific ransomware attacks throughout the end of last year "into early 2017".

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An article by leading security technology journalist, Doug Drinkwater, entitled, "10 steps for a successful incident response plan", appeared in June, on the CSO (by IDG) website.

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An important article by author, India Ashok, entitled, "New Defray ransomware demands $5,000 from US and UK victims in highly customised attacks", appeared on August 26, on the International Business Times website. It identified a form of ransomware that, according to Ashok, "is using highly customised phishing emails to go after specific targets.

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An article by author Nitin Natarajan, entitled, "How to prepare for cyberattacks that strike during a public health crisis", was featured yesterday (8/22) on the Healthcare IT News website. From the article: "Whether because of a nefarious manmade or natural disaster, hospital IT shops often find themselves strapped during a crisis.

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An important article in yesterday’s edition of Becker’s Hospital Review (Becker’s Health IT), by Dan L. Dodson, provides further information on the increases in ransomware and other attacks in healthcare in 2017, as entitled, “Connected medical devices at high risk”.

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A valuable article, entitled, "How Adversaries Are Refining and Improving Ransomware in 2017", appeared yesterday on Cisco's Blog. The post was authored by Edmund Brumaghin, an important threat researcher with Cisco Talos, who, "has spent the past several years protecting environments across a number of different industries including nuclear energy, financial services, etc."

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Wannacry? OAuth?

A lot of well-known Healthcare organizations with important names have been impacted by these new threats.

If they can't defend themselves, HOW CAN YOU?

These major global cyber attacks - which occurred over the past few weeks - have occupied worldwide news headlines since. Organizations the world over, reportedly including major hospital systems, transportation providers, and telcos have been impacted. The attack has purportedly spread to over 150 countries around the world.

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Derive Healthcare has been monitoring news all weekend about, according to reporting from Brian Fung of The Washington Post”, in the 5/14 article entitled, “Computer security experts fear second wave of ‘biggest ransomware attack ever’”, the “malicious ‘ransomware’ attacks that seized computers worldwide Friday and held those systems hostage…” According to the article, the attacks, which first affected Healthcare, “are likely to worsen this week as millions of people return to work — forcing them to di

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