Report: 'KillNet' targeting hospitals in countries helping Ukraine in war efforts

On Feb. 1, Dutch cyber authorities confirmed that several hospital websites in the Netherlands and Europe were targeted by 'KillNet's' DDoS campaign, along with U.S. hospitals and health systems, Security Week reported Feb. 1. 

One of the largest Dutch hospitals, UMCG hospital experienced a website crash on Jan. 29 after the group KillNet disrupted its website. 

The report from Dutch authorities also said that the group planned to target 31 hospitals throughout the Netherlands, but said it has only managed to disrupt UMCG thus far. 

Hospitals in Britain, Germany, Poland, Scandinavia and the U.S. were also said to be targeted by the group, who is said to deploy these attacks against hospitals in countries who are trying to help Ukraine in its war against Russia.

Some U.S. hospitals to have reported being attacked by KillNet are Phoenix-based Banner Health, Newark, Del.-based ChristianaCare and more. 

A report also alleged that the group has obtained data from a number of hospitals and has posted global health and personal information belonging to the global health organizations on its Killnet list. 

With this, healthcare entities are being advised to have adequate DDoS protection for their web hosting.

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