Attackers Steal 600K Records From Health Care Firms: Report
New research from security specialist InfoArmor shows how hackers have been able to get access to patient records in the United States.A group of attackers infiltrated American health care institutions and stole at least 600,000 patient records and attempted to sell more than 3 terabytes of associated data, according to a report set to be released later this week from security firm InfoArmor. Andrew Komarov, chief intelligence officer at InfoArmor, told eWEEK that he informed the National Healthcare and Public Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) about the attacks in May. InfoArmor was able to discover the attack through what Komarov referred to as, "deep e-crime monitoring" as well as profiling the threat actor involved in the attacks. While hospitals have been a primary target for attackers in 2016, Komarov noted that the hacker he investigated was able to compromise different types of health care institutions, including private clinics and vendors of various medical equipment and suppliers like orthopedics. By being inside the compromised systems, the hacker is able to take personally identifiable information (PII) and medical data, including X-ray images, he added. The attacker was able to gain access to the medical information by way of weak user credentials and hacked Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections on some servers that had static external IP addresses.
"At the same time, after the intrusion, the bad actor used one LPE [local privilege escalation] exploit in order to be able to access some system files for further patching and backdooring," Komarov said.