(AmericanProsperity.com) – Cybercriminals constantly look for new ways to obtain your personal information or demand ransoms from companies that they can hack. This year has been no exception, as they target health centers and other companies seeking information to manipulate.
This Year, Cybercrime Focuses on the US Healthcare System
In October, multiple government agencies warned Americans that hackers would unleash “increased and imminent” extortion crimes against the healthcare sector. This, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, has severely damaged some hospitals.
Before the warning, a cyberattack had already shut down the Fortune-500 network of hospitals known as Universal Health Services. USA Today shared a bit of the chaos that resulted:
As a result, health care personnel reportedly began keeping records on paper as computer systems began failing over the weekend and some hospitals have sent incoming ambulances to other neighboring hospitals. https://t.co/MFT6trcJUX
— USA TODAY Money (@USATODAYmoney) September 29, 2020
Experts believe the attack was carried out by Ryuk ransomware and the attack forced all computers offline, blocking access to patient charts and history.
In Vermont, An Attack Compromised Both Healthcare and Jobs
Beginning the week of October 25, a ransomware attack erupted against the University of Vermont (UVM) health network. The attack limited the scheduling of chemotherapy appointments and preventative health screenings, creating a barrier to care for many needing treatments.
In addition, the UVM administration reassigned or furloughed nearly 300 employees unable to complete their usual duties due to the interruptions. UVM had to call for support:
.@NationalGuard called to help with @UVMHealth cyberattack recovery.
The National Guard will help UVM Health Network review thousands of staff computers and devices to ensure there's no traces of #malware.https://t.co/48oHzYdl2E @modrnhealthcr #CyberAttack #NationalGuard pic.twitter.com/lL0zNBEO78
— Janice Reese (@networkpdf) November 6, 2020
Hackers Target Video Game Company Capcom
Cybercriminals also targeted video game developer Capcom with Ragnar Locker ransomware. They had plans to lock the company out of its data and demand a ransom to release the information.
Initially, Capcom stated in a press release they did not believe any personal information was compromised, but new information shows some data was taken:
— Kotaku (@Kotaku) November 16, 2020
What Can I Do to Keep My Information Safe?
Anytime your phone or laptop connects to WiFi or a server, there is a possibility someone with ill intent could steal your data. In addition, wherever information is stored about you, whether in the hospital or on the website you have credit card numbers saved in, is also at risk.
To keep your personal information as safe as possible, limit the networks you connect to when out and about, and never save passwords or credit cards on your browser. Lastly, always double-check links before you click; someone could be trying to fool you.
~Here’s to Your Prosperity!
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