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US Agencies Warn About North Korean Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Organizations


US federal agencies warned about Maui ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations. The joint advisory by the FBI, CISA, and the U.S. Treasury Department warned that North Korean state-sponsored hackers targeted US Healthcare and Public Health Sector organizations (HPH) with the Maui ransomware variant.

“North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors used Maui ransomware in these incidents to encrypt servers responsible for healthcare services—including electronic health records services, diagnostics services, imaging services, and intranet services.”

CISA noted that Maui ransomware attacks had disrupted healthcare organizations for “prolonged periods.” Since May 2021, the federal law enforcement agency FBI has responded to several Maui ransomware incidents. US authorities expect more Maui ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations

The US federal agencies stated that North Korean hackers assumed that US healthcare organizations were willing to pay a ransom to avoid disruption and protect sensitive data.

“The North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors likely assume healthcare organizations are willing to pay ransoms because these organizations provide services that are critical to human life and health,” the joint cybersecurity advisory warned.

Consequently, the agencies discouraged healthcare organizations from paying ransoms to the North Korean threat actors. Additionally, the agencies warned that paying ransoms could not guarantee data recovery and would violate existing U.S […]

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