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FBI Issues Flash Alert Warning of Increasing NetWalker Ransomware Attacks

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

This week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a (TLP:WHITE) FLASH alert following an increase in attacks involving NetWalker ransomware. NetWalker is a relatively new ransomware threat that was recognized in March 2020 following attacks on a transportation and logistics company in Australia and the University of California, San Francisco. UC San Francisco was forced to pay a ransom of around $1.14 million for the keys to unlock encrypted files to recover essential research data. One of the most recent healthcare victims was the Maryland-based nursing home operator, Lorien Health Services.

The threat group has taken advantage of...

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