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Chasing Bitcoin: Why North Korea Ransomware Attacks Target U.S. Health Care Providers

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WASHINGTON – MARCH 09: The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau’s headquaters … [+] Getty Images The U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that around $500,000 in Bitcoin BTC -5.8% has been seized from North Korean threat actors who were using Maui ransomware to attack healthcare organizations in the United States. DOJ filed a complaint in the District of Kansas asking for the forfeiture of the Bitcoin be returned to the victims of the attacks which were healthcare providers in Kansas and Colorado.

The attacks caused extensive disruption to IT systems and medical services and put patient safety at risk. The new ransomware variant was discovered during an investigation of a ransomware attack on a hospital in Kansas in May 2021. The Kansas provider had alerted the FBI when the ransomware occurred. As a result, the FBI was able to observe a $120,000 bitcoin payment into one of the seized accounts that was separately being paid by the health care provider in Colorado. Young Asian male frustrated, confused and headache by ransomware attack on desktop screen, notebook … [+] getty The attack was traced to a North Korean hacking group that is […]

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