British Dental Association possibly targeted by a Ransomware Attack

British Dental Association(BDA), a trade union organization for registered dentists in United Kingdom has released a press update on its website that it became a victim of a sophisticated cyber attack on July 30th, 2020 and as a precautionary measure took all of its systems offline.

Highly placed sources say that a portion of data was also accessed and exfiltrated by hackers in the cyber attack. However, a detailed investigation is yet to be conducted and final details can only be obtained after the completion.

Security researchers say that the incident could be of a ransomware genre as the association has been barred from accessing the data after the attack and a portion of data was sent to remote servers that is a strong trait of Maze or Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware groups.

Note 1- A similar ransomware attack that took place on a dental clinic in Toronto in Oct’2019 was asked to pay a ransom of $165,000 to free up the files from the file encrypting malware named ‘Ryuk’.

Note 2- In November last week of 2019, a Sodinokibi ransomware attack took place on a database of a dental chain of hospitals locking doctors from accessing data.

Note 3- As the cases of ransomware attacks increased in the past two years, FBI issued a press statement in Nov’19 that victims shouldn’t pay any ransom to the hackers as it encourages cyber crime and doesn’t guaranty a decryption key in exchange. However, in cases, where recovery of data is not possible through backups, then FBI has urged victimized organizations to act according to the situation.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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