News Insights: U.S. and Australian Hospitals Targeted by New Ransomware Attacks

U.S. and Australian Hospitals Targeted by New Ransomware Attacks

Several hospitals and health service providers from the U.S. and Australia were forced to completely close down or shut down some of their systems after being hit by ransomware attacks that affected and disrupted their IT systems.

U.S. and Australian Hospitals Targeted by New Ransomware Attacks

Several hospitals and health service providers from the U.S. and Australia were forced to completely close down or shut down some of their systems after being hit by ransomware attacks that affected and disrupted their IT systems. The DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center, and Fayette Medical Center from West Alabama’s Tuscaloosa, Northport, and Fayette, now have limited access to their computing systems according to a joint press release published Tuesday. Also, as per a cyber health incident advisory published on the website of the Victorian Government, multiple hospitals and health services from south-west Victoria and Gippsland have lost access to several IT systems, had to shut down some servers, and went into manual operation mode in some cases.

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Dan Tuchler, CMO at SecurityFirst, commented:

“Medical facilities continue to move to a system of entirely electronic health records, worldwide, to provide more complete and accessible health data while making operations more efficient than the older, paper-based processes. But this leaves them more exposed to hackers, including ransomware, and extending to their financial IT systems as well. This is unacceptable. There are well-established best practices for protecting data on servers, and we should never have to read about a hospital turning away patients due to ransomware, as happened in this case.”

 

Felix Rosbach, product manager at comforte AG, said:

“The fact that hackers target hospitals shows they have no remorse for the desperate patients who seek aid. Hospitals contain some of the most sensitive information we have, such as medical records, payment information and other personal identifiable information. Sometime companies fear to distribute and share these datasets as they are sensitive and processing and storing is highly regulated. The adoption of a data centric security approach, protecting sensitive data with pseudonymization technology like tokenization, allows organizations to embrace modern technology like hybrid or multi-cloud computing while still being compliant and secure. This results in more options for fallback and less risk when it comes to ransomware attacks.”