Another hospital falls victim to ransomware after an employee opened an email attachment

Methodist Hospital in Henderson, KY posts red banner warning of computer virus
Methodist Hospital in Henderson, KY posts red banner warning of computer virus

According to this article on Threatpost and this article on Krebs, another hospital has fallen victim to ransomeware.  The ransomware launched when an employee opened a spam email attachment that contained the Locky strain that gained notoriety last month.  The virus was able to spread from the original point of infection to the rest of the network very quickly and the attackers are demanding 4 bitcoin (approximately $1,600, a fraction of what was demanded in a previous hospital attack).

The victim, Methodist Hospital in Henderson Kentucky, posted a streaming red banner on it’s website warning that the hospital is currently operating in an internal state of emergency due to a computer virus.  David Park, an attorney for the hospital noted “We have a pretty robust emergency response system” and advised that they had “essentially shut our system down and reopened on a computer-by-computer basis” and there’s the obligatory we’re working with the FBI on this quote, so it seems like they’re taking the threat seriously but this is an excellent reminder / warning about the dangers posed to networks and infrastructure from Social Engineering attacks.

Additional Reading:

Threatpost Article

Krebs Article

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