U.S. Regulator Warns of “Evidence” of Global Cyber Assault Occurring Inside the U.S. and Steps Your Company Should Take Against a Ransomware Attack
On Friday, May 12, 2017, Laura Wolf, Critical Infrastructure Protection Lead of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notification stating that:
HHS is aware of a significant cyber security issue in the UK and other international locations affecting hospitals and healthcare information systems. We are also aware that there is evidence of this attack occurring inside the United States. We are working with our partners across government and in the private sector to develop a better understanding of the threat and to provide additional information on measures to protect your systems. We advise that you continue to exercise cyber security best practices – particularly with respect to email. (Emphasis added).
This alert comes in the heels of the recent global ransomware attack that has spread in nearly 100 countries. The attacks are being blamed on malware called WCry, WannaCry or Wana Decryptor.
Excerpted from a piece written by Cinthia Motley of Sedgwick LLP for JD Supra.