FBI, Other Agencies Warn of ‘Imminent Cybercrime Threat’ to US Hospitals

TEHRAN (FNA)- Federal agencies warned of “an increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to US hospitals and healthcare providers, including so-called ransomware attacks.

The warnings were in a report released Wednesday, and authorities say that healthcare providers should take precautions to protect their systems, NBC News reported.

The federal report says that the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have credible information about the threat.

The agencies say they have assessed that people are targeting the health sector with Trickbot malware, which in addition to data theft can result in ransomware attacks. Trickbot, among other illegal actions, can be used to deploy ransomware like Ryuk, a derivative of another type of ransomware.

With Trickbot, the malicious software typically is embedded in an email designed to fool the recipient into clicking on a link or document that then installs the malware.

Ransomware is generally described as a family of malware that blocks access to a PC, server or mobile device, or encrypts all the data stored on that machine.

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