US authorities warn of an ongoing and massive attack on ransomware virus attacks on the country’s health care system.
According to security experts the news agency AP has spoken to, four central hospitals have been hit hard in October, and they fear that several hundred others may be hit.
Fear the consequences
The FBI and two other federal agencies warned of this attack on Thursday night.
– We have credible information about an increased and imminent cybercrime threat against US hospitals and health trusts.
According to the authorities, the health service is targeted with a ransomware virus, so-called ransomware, and the FBI fears this will lead to data theft and disruption of the health service’s work.
On its website, the National Security Authority (NSM) writes that there are two types of ransomware viruses:
– There are two types of ransomware virus. The first type encrypts the files on a computer or network, while the second type locks the screen. Both types require payment of a ransom to be able to use the computer normally again. This payment is often required in a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
According to NSM, the amount is often modest, so paying becomes the most affordable way to get the system back.
– However, there is no guarantee that the key or password needed to unlock the computer will be handed over if a ransom is paid, writes NSM.
According to the news agency AP, the attacks apparently have nothing to do with the imminent US election, which will be held on November 3.
Biggest threat ever
Alex Holden, who heads the company Hold Security, has been following the virus in question for the past year, according to AP.
To the news agency, he says that the ongoing attack is unparalleled in scope, and adds that the virus
Charles Carmakal at the cyber security company Mandiant does not spare the gunpowder in his discussion of the cyber attacks.
“We are experiencing the biggest cyber security threat we have ever seen in the United States,” he said.
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