As seen in Forbes | Published October 3, 2019

The FBI has warned that health care organizations, industrial companies, and the transportation sector, are being targeted by ransomware attacks.

According to a recent article in Forbes, although attack methodologies continue to evolve, with cyber-criminals doing all they can to avoid detection, the FBI highlights three attack techniques that are being observed:

  • Email phishing campaigns,
  • Remote desktop protocol vulnerabilities, and
  • Software vulnerabilities

Mitigation includes ensuring operating systems, software and device firmware are all updated with the latest security patches. Data should also be backed up regularly, and the integrity of these backups verified.

The article further states that after three hospitals in Alabama were forced to turn away non-critical patients after a ransomware attack on October 1, Javvad Malik, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4, said:

“Companies of all sizes across all verticals need to be prepared for ransomware and have in place not only technical controls to prevent, detect, and respond to it, but also raise security awareness among staff so that any attempts to install ransomware via phishing or other social engineering attacks can be thwarted.”


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