HHS Warns of Royal Ransomware Targeting Healthcare
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new warning for the country’s healthcare organizations regarding ongoing attacks from a relatively new operation, the Royal ransomware gang.
The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) —HHS’ security team— revealed in a new analyst note published Wednesday that the ransomware group has been behind multiple attacks against U.S. healthcare orgs.
“Since its appearance, HC3 is aware of attacks against the Healthcare and Public Healthcare (HPH) sector,” the advisory says.
“Due to the historical nature of ransomware victimizing the healthcare community, Royal should be considered a threat to the HPH sector.”
This ransomware group is focused on targeting U.S. healthcare organizations based on past successful attacks.
Until now, Royal also claimed following each healthcare compromise that they leaked all data allegedly stolen from the victims’ networks online.