Imminent Ransomware Alert for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

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The FBI, the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a joint alert to warn hospitals and healthcare providers of imminent ransomware attacks from Russia.

This security advisory describes the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) associated with cyber criminals that could target organizations in the Healthcare and Public Health Sector (HPH) to infect systems with Ryuk ransomware.

The government agencies receive information about imminent attacks, threat actors are using the TrickBot botnet to deliver the infamous ransomware to the infected systems.

“CISA, FBI, and HHS have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. CISA, FBI, and HHS are sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats.” reads the alert.

TrickBot is a popular banking Trojan that has been around since October 2016, its authors have continuously upgraded it by implementing new features.

In early 2019, researchers spotted a new TrickBot backdoor framework dubbed Anchor that was using the anchor_dns tool for abusing the DNS protocol for C2 communications.

Several groups of experts linked both TrickBot and Ryuk threats to cybercrime gangs operating out of Russia. Ryuk first appeared in the threat landscape in August 2018 as a derivative of the Hermes 2.1 ransomware, that was first spotted in late 2017 and was available for sale on the open market as of August 2018

Unlike other ransomware gangs, Ryuk ransomware operators did not announce to avoid targeting healthcare organizations during the COVID-19

A few weeks ago, Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the largest hospital and healthcare services providers, has shut down systems at healthcare facilities in the United States after they were infected with the Ryuk ransomware.

A few days ago, Microsoft’s Defender team, FS-ISACESETLumen’s Black Lotus LabsNTT, and Broadcom’s cyber-security division Symantec joined the forces and announced a coordinated effort to take down the command and control infrastructure of the infamous TrickBot botnet.

Microsoft has taken down 120 of the 128 servers that were composing the Trickbot infrastructure.

Microsoft announced to have taken down 62 of the original 69 TrickBot C&C servers, seven servers that could not be brought down last week were Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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