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Europe’s largest private hospital affected by ransomware in the midst of a pandemic

You hacked the IT department from Fresenius, the largest private hospital in Europe, is located in Germany.

The Cyber ​​Security News Outlet, KrebsonSecurity, May 6 Reported that Cyber ​​criminals compromised the computer systems of the private hospital after a ransomware attack. According to the report, an anonymous source has reported this The hospital systems were infected with ransomware called Snake.

The ransomware in question was discovered earlier this year, and actively used to attack large companies. Fresenius spokesman Matt Kuhn reportedly confirmed KrebsonSecurity’s cyber attack:

“I can confirm that Fresenius’ IT department found a virus in the computers. […] As a precautionary measure in accordance with our security protocol developed for such cases, measures have been taken to prevent further spread. We have also informed the authorities. “

Europe’s largest private hospital affected by ransomware in the midst of a pandemic
Europe’s largest private hospital affected by ransomware in the midst of a pandemic

Kuhn also said that although some functions within the hospital are currently limited, They continue to see the patients as normal. He also said that the IT experts from Fresenius They are working to fix the problems caused by the malware.

Ransomware groups attack health care facilities in the midst of a pandemic

Many believe that Ransomware is the biggest threat among all existing malware. Given the strain the coronavirus pandemic has placed on healthcare systems worldwide, Ransomware attacks in hospitals are currently of particular concern.

The cyber security company, Emsisoft offers free help to healthcare providers who have been victims of ransomware since March. In April, Microsoft began notifying vulnerable hospitals to prepare for possible ransomware attacks.

hacker continue to attack health organizations although the ransomware attacks decreased in the middle of the pandemic. In late April, they attacked the largest health center in Pueblo County, Colorado, and not long before, the group of maze ransomware hackers infected a coronavirus research center.

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