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Health care is the huge victim of Blackcat’s cyber counteroffensive

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services modified its joint ALPHV Blackcat cybersecurity alert Tuesday to share brand-new signs of compromise observed this month.

Blackcat has actually apparently declared that it exfiltrated 6T bytes of Change Healthcare information and rejected utilizing the ConnectWise ScreenConnect vulnerability to get access.


The fight continues in between ALPHV Blackcat and U.S. cyber defenses as health care handles the heaviest attacks in action to a U.S.-led police operation that hacked into and took the Russia-based ALPHV, or Blackcat, ransomware’s darknet site and facilities in December.

The most recent in the joint FBI, CISA and HHS advisory on the ransomware alternative offers brand-new updates to those last launched December 19, in addition to the FBI FLASH Blackcat/ALPHV Ransomware Indicators of Compromise launched on April 19, 2022.

“FBI, CISA, and HHS motivate vital facilities companies to execute the suggestions in the mitigations area of this CSA to lower the possibility and effect of ALPHV Blackcat ransomware and information extortion events,” the companies stated.

Bleeping Computer reported Wednesday that, in a declaration released on the Blackcat dark web leakage website, the cybercriminals declared that they took 6TB of information, consisting of information from the U.S. armed force’s Tricare health care program, Medicare, CVS Caremark, MetLife, Health Net and others, from the Change Healthcare network breach.

According to the post, Blackcat declared to have medical, insurance coverage and oral records, in addition to payment and declares information and the personally recognizable info of clients and active U.S. military/navy workers.


Groups consisting of the American Hospital Association and Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center likewise recommended the health care sector Tuesday that there will be more victims of the February 21 Change Healthcare cyberattack in the coming days.

Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO stated the Change cybersecurity attack is a “threat-to-life criminal offense” in a call with medical facility leaders on Friday.

While H-ISAC talked about network indications affecting ScreenConnect Remote Access in its publication, Blackcat rejected that affiliates who breached Change Healthcare’s network utilized an access-bypass defect that has actually considering that been covered, according to the story on Bleeping Computer.

CNNreported on the Change cyberattack’s disturbance to suppliers. Some stated that they are having a hard time to use workarounds for payments. Some clients and caretakers likewise informed the outlet that they were not able to fill up or gain access to important medications.


“Since mid-December 2023, of the almost 70 dripped victims, the health care sector has actually been the most typically preyed on,” the firms stated in the modified ALPHV Blackcat joint advisory.

“This is most likely in reaction to the ALPHV Blackcat administrator’s post motivating its affiliates to target healthcare facilities after functional action versus the group and its facilities in early December 2023.”

Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.

Health care IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.

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