Ransomware payments are down.

Why that might not be a good thing for Nebraska. Based on a study of thousands of cases that it has worked, incident response firm Coveware has found that the number of firms paying a ransom has dropped from 85% in Q1 2019 to 46% in Q1 2022. When victims do pay a ransom, in Q1 2022, they paid an average of $211,529, down 34% from the previous quarter, Coveware found. It attributes this to fewer victims paying, attackers overall infecting...

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HHS HC3: Beware of Lapsus$, Email Marketing-Related Threats

Authorities Warn Healthcare, Public Health Sectors of Latest Concerns Federal authorities are warning the healthcare sector of potential threats involving Lapsus$, including those related to the extortion group’s recent hack of identity management vendor Okta. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, or HC3, in an advisory issued on April 7, warns of attack threats to the sector...

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Large Hacking Incidents Increasing Since February

The number of major health data breaches and the number of individuals posted to the HHS “Wall of Shame” so far in 2022 has surged in recent weeks as reports of large hacking incidents continue to flow into regulators. As of last week, the HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool website shows that 117 breaches affecting about 5.32 million people have been posted in 2022. That’s an increase of nearly 83% in the number of breaches posted on the HHS...

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HHS Warns of Threats to Electronic Health Records

Healthcare entities should implement a more “proactive preparedness” approach for protecting their electronic health record/electronic medical record systems. Federal regulators warn that these are an increasingly attractive target for cyberattacks and other breaches. The DHHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, in a threat brief issued Thursday, reinforced that EHRs/EMRs are profitable to cybercriminals. Largely due to...

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HHS Warns Healthcare Sector of Pysa Ransomware Threats

Alert Comes as Health Entities Globally Continue Battling Cyberattacks, Fallout The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has posted a warning to the healthcare sector about increasing threats involving Pysa ransomware and the cybercriminal gang Mespinoza — also known as Gold Burlap and Cyborg Spider — which operates the malware variant. In an alert, the DHHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, or HC3, warns that since 2018,...

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Worrying Trends in Cyber Insurance

There are several trends emerging in the cyber insurance industry that are worrying for mid-size and local entities. These trends are largely a response to the havoc ransomware has caused across industries in the last 18 months. The emerging trends can be summed up as: Prices are increasing, in many cases in the range of 2x-4x Renewal and acceptance rates for policies are going down, in many cases, by 40%-60% compared to previous years Entities...

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Former Company Executive Causes Breach Affecting Nearly 38,000

A recent breach affecting 37,636 individuals has been attributed to a terminated company executive. The information in the file included name, age, sex, race, county and state of residence, and zip code, as well as Medicare beneficiary information, such as Medicare eligibility period, spend information, and hierarchical condition category risk score. This breach highlights some of the top security and privacy challenges covered entities and...

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Fox Kitten Strikes Again?

Law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the U.S, the U.K. and Australia have issued a joint advisory on unidentified Iran government-backed advanced persistent threat (APT) actors exploiting Fortinet and Microsoft Exchange ProxyShell vulnerabilities to attack organizations in their respective countries. Attributing the attacks to a specific APT group is inherently challenging, but a senior cyber threat intelligence analyst has pointed out...

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FBI Warning Issued About Hive Ransomware

The FBI has issued a warning about Hive ransomware after the crime group took down IT systems at Memorial Health System in Ohio The alert details indicators of compromise and tactics, techniques and procedures—or TTPs—associated with ransomware attacks by the apparent ransomware-as-a-service operation. The full release can be found here:  https://www.ic3.gov/Media/News/2021/210825.pdf In addition to the details of the attack, the FBI has issued...

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Alleged HVAC Hack Shines Spotlight on OT Risks to Healthcare

ENE Systems hack said to affect 3 Boston Hospitals   A hacking incident that reportedly targeted a Massachusetts-based ENE Systems that provides HVAC systems to several Boston-area hospitals and others shines a spotlight on the growing cybersecurity risks involving IoT devices and OT equipment.   Call to Action Perhaps the most high-profile incident involving an HVAC hack was the 2013 Target breach. It resulted in 41 million...

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