Russian hackers targeting healthcare

Most attacks on U.S. healthcare are coming from Russia, ABC affiliate KGTV reported May 28. 

John Riggi, national advisor for cybersecurity and risk at the American Hospital Association, told the publication that ransomware attacks targeting hospitals have increased by more than 300%, with most of these attacks coming from Russia.

"The Russian government refuses to cooperate with U.S. law enforcement on these issues, therefore providing them safe harbor," he told the news outlet.

Mr. Riggi noted that ransomware gangs have also been identified operating in China, North Korea and Iran.

The hacking groups most actively targeting healthcare as of April 2024 were LockBit, BlackCat/ALPHV and BianLian, according to HHS' Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, or HC3.

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