3 hacker gangs targeting hospitals

Becker's Healthcare

Katie Adams

Healthcare data breaches, many of which are caused by cyber criminal groups, continue to be a major threat to the efficiency of hospital operations and the safety of patient data. Nearly 1 million health records were breached in the U.S. in March. Below are three gangs that hospitals should be wary of.

Hive

On April 19, HHS issued an alert about Hive, warning healthcare providers to defend against the “exceptionally aggressive” ransomware group.

Within 100 days of operation, Hive has claimed attacks on about 355 companies.

The group uses many common ransomware tactics, including exploiting remote desktop protocols or VPNs, and phishing attacks, in addition to more aggressive methods, such as directly calling victims to apply pressure and negotiate ransom payments. Other tactics include...

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