Latest News

FBI thwarts cyber attack on Nebraska hospital

Written on Aug 26, 2022

A health care center in Nebraska was able to avoid a malware attack planted just before July 4th, thanks to quick action by the FBI. 

Law enforcement investigators in Ireland tipped off the FBI about cyber attacks in Nebraska and Iowa in July. 

In addition to the hospital, the attackers also targeted large grain co-ops within the Omaha FBI's jurisdiction over the past year. 

The IT director for the health care center worked with the FBI to identify the compromised server and took it offline.

Reportedly, no patient information was compromised. 

It's unknown when the cyberattackers would have initiated the ransomware, or what action they would take with the hospital's data. 

Past ransomware attacks have also been able to compromise data like patient names, social security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, provider and specific health information. 

In a poll of more than 5,000 health care IT professionals, ransomware attacks on health care organizations near-doubled from 2020 to 2021.

The FBI shared that it has 1,000 cyber field officers deployed throughout the U.S. and could have an agent at the location of a cyber attack in one hour.

It's becoming regular news for the FBI, Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and others to issue warnings of ransomware aimed at health care organizations. 

Recently, the agencies issued a joint advisory about the Zeppelin ransomware-as-a-service variant, which is targeting hospitals and public health organizations.