NBC News: Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history

Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history
Computer systems for Universal Health Services, which has more than 400 locations, primarily in the U.S., began to fail over the weekend.

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4 thoughts on “NBC News: Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history

  1. Keith September 29, 2020 / 09:46

    Scottie, my hospital system keeps wondering why I won’t set up an online account. They have been hit twice. Keith

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    • Scottie September 30, 2020 / 18:22

      Hello Keith. Despite the increase in computer attacks for both private and cooperate computers the US government has done nothing to protect the country, especially the cooperate part of the country. I follow computer attack maps. I suggest others do. Most home computers are used by one nation actor or another, including the US government. These nation level malware are smartly done, they don’t use a lot of the target computer resources so most people do not even know their computers are infected and being used. Even the best anti-virus software rarely shows them, they are mostly for the lower level malware, the street level criminal viruses. The truth is every government uses the computers around the world, all the computers they can, to try to use bots from everything from twitter / Facebook to hacking defense contractors for military secrets, to breaking in the governments of their enemies. Our NSA does it and uses the private home computers in the US. The real difference is these nation level malware actors will borrow a bit of your computer power and internet and try not to interfere with your activity because they don’t want to kill the golden goose, but the street level ones are those that try to scam you, go for ransomware, try to spoof you else where. Setting up your account with a medical provider portal is safe, really. The people doing the ransom attacks on hospitals are not interested in your personal financial data nor your medical history. That is chaff lawn cuttings to them, not worth their time. The nations doing these kind of big company ransom need to pay to get the files back are nation level actors like North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Yes Russia because it is really a poor nation. They ask for millions of dollars, something the patients don’t have. They try to lock up files hospitals have to have to treat the patients, not the billing records. If it was billing records the hospitals wouldn’t pay, they can take time to rebuild that, but if it is the electronic medical treatment records needed for nearly minute by minute patient treatment, then yes the hospital is force to pay.

      So Keith you are correct almost all computers are infected, and most of them are not a threat to you as an individual. Hugs
      Here is a link to some of the attack map. Hugs

      https://www.secureworldexpo.com/industry-news/6-live-cyber-attack-maps

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  2. Nan September 29, 2020 / 12:13

    I admit I’m not that knowledgeable about these attacks … but if anti-virus and malware and similar companies are constantly urging single users to protect themselves, why don’t these conglomerations have higher-than-high tech protection in place?

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    • Scottie October 1, 2020 / 06:35

      Hello Nan. They do. They have large IT departments and hire expensive security companies. However the bigger the company and the more it needs to do with computers, the more errors can creep in and be exploited. Most of these ransom attacks against large businesses and hospitals are done by nation states. North Korea is a big one. They ae not the ones doing it to the general public. That is low level thugs, who are looking for a few hundred dollars. Nation states go after sensitive targets for billions. And they honor their word to unlock the documents as they want business they hit to pay, which small time thugs often don’t do.

      For hospitals one thing they are trying is a real time off site treatment charting back ups, so if one gets hit they can switch to the other site and keep treat the patients. Some patients need readjustments to their meds every 10 minutes and access to their medical charts is critical in their care.
      The three nations most often quoted for these attack are North Korea, Iran, and Russia. All three are desperate for money and medical / business secrets and tech. If the US would drop crushing sanctions on people to force regime change it would stop a lot of this illegal activity.
      Hugs

      If you want to see how many and fast these attacks come look over these attack maps.
      https://www.secureworldexpo.com/industry-news/6-live-cyber-attack-maps

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