Ransomware: Extortion Actors Leak Data, Vendor Attack Disrupts Services

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Ransomware threat actors are continuing to target the healthcare sector in droves. In the last month alone four hacking groups have posted data allegedly stolen from nine healthcare providers, while an attack on a vendor disrupted care at two cancer treatment facilities.

On Tuesday, a ransomware attack on vendor Elekta drove two of its providers offline, in the wake of the incident. A spokesperson told HealthITSecurity.com that the attack on its cloud-based systems was detected in the early hours of April 6.

The security team took actions to contain the attack and identified two customer systems affected by the incident. Local media outlets say the attack impacted Lifespan in Rhode Island and Southcoast Health in Massachusetts.

Both providers were forced to cancel some radiation treatment appointments, due to the system outage. The visits were rescheduled for later in the week, and access for both providers has since been restored.

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