The healthcare sector is already facing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, however, the ongoing rampant cyberattacks are making it more difficult to handle the situation. Recently, espionage attacks on COVID-19 research and intellectual property have increased.
Recently, the U.S. Justice Department seized two internet domains purporting to belong to Moderna and Regeneron developing treatments for the coronavirus, however in reality, it was a scam to steal visitors’ information.
Two weeks ago, a new Magecart skimmer was placed on multiple e-commerce sites, including websites for the popular hair treatment firm Bosley and the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC).
The prominent ransomware families in these attacks include Conti, REvil, King Engine, and Mount Locker. In addition, the most affected regions were North America and Western Europe.
The healthcare sector is facing a barrage of cyberattacks and is expected to continue to be a target in the near future, as well. Thus, experts suggest educating healthcare staff, restricting access to data and applications, logging and monitoring, encrypting sensitive data, and implementing data usage controls.