(CNN)North Korean government-backed hackers used ransomware to target multiple healthcare institutions last year And in some cases health-damaging "long-term" services, the FBI and other US agencies warned on Wednesday.
This means that state-sponsored hackers in countries such as North Korea and Iran are ready to deploy ransomware to the healthcare sector, a tactic often associated with non-national cybercriminals. The latest signs of.
Speaks Russian, including one apparent ransomware incident in October 2020, when Vermont University was forced to postpone chemotherapy appointments in the fall of 2020. There was a wave of ransomware attacks on US hospitals by cybercriminals.
In Wednesday's recommendation, the US agency on Wednesday did not appoint an organization that was damaged by a suspected North Korean hacker.
The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a cyber threat sharing group for major healthcare providers around the world, did not identify its members as victims, said Errol Weiss, Group Chief Security Officer. I am.
"I think the victim was a small organization and wasn't ready to handle the ransomware attack," Weiss told CNN.
"North Korea is unique among its peers in that it is deeply and actively involved in cybercrime," said John Hartkisto, vice president of intelligence analysis for cybersecurity firm Mandiant. Says. "Unlike other countries that may contract and negotiate with domestic criminals, the North Korean state commits cybercrime directly against targets around the world."