Family Medical Center (FMC) of Michigan, a healthcare center supported by government funding, was targeted by a ransomware attack in July this year. Preliminary inquires revealed that the hackers could have accessed patient info and some medical research work along with the financial credit data.
But a detailed investigation launched by the firm stated the data breach that occurred on July 2020 was launched by a hackers’ group from Ukraine and the suspects only stole financial data and encrypted medical data from being accessed by the staff of the healthcare centre.
FMC says that the cyber criminals demanded a sum of $30,000 to unlock the files and the healthcare staff bowed down to the demands of the hackers, just to know the exact scope of the hack to know the extent of what information was being held by the threat actors.
A third party cybersecurity firm IDX paid help to the negotiation event that was taking place since then and knew that the cyber crooks were just holding some credit information and nothing else.
IDX launched a comprehensive investigation confirmed that the data breach on the Family Medical Centre took place, but failed to identify the suspects’ gang behind the ransomware incident.
Note- From the past two years, those spreading ransomware are involved in double extortion tactics where the gang first enters a corporate network to steal data and then encrypts it down until a ransom is paid.