Hackers promise not to spread ransomware to healthcare providers during Covid 19 epidemic

    As the Coronavirus Pandemic is spreading like a wildfire, hackers have made a promise and a resolution that they will not target healthcare providers as it can severely hit the treatment of Covid-19 victims.


    Meanwhile, the news is out that if in case a healthcare provider gets infected by a file-encrypting malware called ransomware, then security firms like Emsisoft and Coveware Inc have promised to offer free assistance to tackle the malware infection.


    “At this juncture when the spread of Chinese Virus has turned into a pandemic, a ransomware attack on hospitals and healthcare centers can lead to significant loss of life”, said Emsisoft in a blog post.


    So, the two companies in the situation of crisis are willing to offer a free service and technical analysis of ransomware, leading to the development of decryption tools whenever possible like negotiating with hackers, transaction handling and recovery assistance.


    And as some hackers will be heartless, the coming weeks will be crucial as a spike in the attacks is expected as most healthcare firms will be technologically weak due to work-from-home arrangements, BYOD policy initiation, and staff shortfalls.


    Note- It is a known fact that ransomware is a severe threat to businesses of all kinds as it not only locks down the data from access but also steals and sells data if the victim doesn’t pay a ransom. Well, in such cases life loss is not guaranteed. However, if a hacker hits healthcare provider when the whole world is in a health emergency, it can lead to severe human loss and even inconsolable situations……isn’t it?

    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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