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Ransomware in Healthcare: Time for Vigilance

As organizations combat BadRabbit, the latest global ransomware campaign, healthcare entities in the U.S. should monitor the situation and take preventive measures to avoid becoming the next potential victim of any emerging malware, experts advise.

Keith Fricke, partner and principal consultant at tw-Security, says the BadRabbit attacks are also a reminder for healthcare sector entities to patch systems with known software vulnerabilities and educate the workforce on phishing attacks. “In this case, BadRabbit is prompting the download and update of Flash Player that is really the ransomware,” he notes. BadRabbit reportedly “can spread from computer to computer in an organization’s network. Healthcare IT folks may want to consider advising users to turn their computer off at the first sign of ransomware infection messages,” he says.

 

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