COVID-19 isn’t the only battle hospitals are currently fighting. They’re also contending with malicious hackers, who are trying to exploit their vulnerabilities to cyberattacks.
In the midst of the pandemic, the website of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois was hit with NetWalker ransomware that held the entire computer network hostage. The site, which was essential for communicating health information to the community, was down for three days. The district reportedly agreed to the $300,000 ransom payment.
Armis has also seen increasing use of botnets targeting IoT devices like surveillance cameras that are commonly found in healthcare organizations. These botnets can spread malware and compromise connected devices, including crucial medical devices like patient monitors, ventilators, infusion pumps and MRI machines.
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