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HHS Issues Alert Regarding Ransomware Threat Targeting Heathcare

May 11, 2022

HHS Issues Alert Regarding Ransomware Threat Targeting Heathcare
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Cybersecurity Program issued an alert in late April to healthcare providers warning them to guard against the "exceptionally aggressive" Hive ransomware group. The financially-motivated group has been very aggressive in targeting the U.S. health sector using many common ransomware tactics, including the exploit of remote desktop protocol, or virtual private networks (VPNs) and phishing attacks. Some victims have received phone calls from the ransomware group to pressure them to pay and conduct negotiations, according to HHS.

HHS recommends the following general efforts to help prevent ransomware attacks:

  • Maintain offline, encrypted backups of data and regularly test your backups
  • Create, maintain, and exercise a basic cyber incident response plan, resiliency plan, and associated communications plan
  • Mitigate internet-facing vulnerabilities and misconfigurations
  • Reduce the risk of phishing emails from reaching end users
  • Practice good cyber hygiene

HHS also recommends the following specific mitigations/detections for Hive ransomware that you can share with your IT Administrator:

  • Remove applications not deemed necessary for day-to-day operations
  • Abnormal termination of the bmr, sql, oracle, postgres, redis, vss, backup, and sst services
  • Abnormal termination of the mspub and msdesktop processes
  • Log monitoring

Additional information from HHS regarding Hive ransomware and how to defend against it can be found here.  

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