A string of recent attacks suggests that ransomware operators are sharply ramping up their focus on healthcare organizations. Last week, electronic health record (EHR) provider Allscripts became at least the third organization in the health sector to get hit by ransomware since the start of this year.
The other two were Indiana-based Hancock Health which ended up paying some $50,000 to get back access to critical information systems, and Adams Health Network also of Indiana, that managed to recover without any disruption. In all three incidents, attackers used different variants of SamSam, a well-known ransomware family to encrypt critical data.
Of the three victims, the $1.5 billion Allscripts is the largest, providing service to 45,000 physician practices, 180,000 physicians and 2,500 hospitals. The January 18th attack on Allscripts affected systems hosted in the company’s datacenters in North Carolina, resulting in its EHR and Electronic Prescription for Controlled Substances (EPCS) services becoming unavailable to some 1,500 clients.
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