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Russian National Arrested and Charged for LockBit Ransomware Attacks

HIPAA Journal

A Russian national has been arrested in Arizona and charged in connection to LockBit ransomware and other cyberattacks conducted on targets in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa since 2020. LockBit is currently the most widely used ransomware variant and has been used to extort around $91 million from U.S.

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Netwalker Ransomware Affiliate Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

HIPAA Journal

An affiliate of the infamous Netwalker ransomware gang has been sentenced to serve 20 years in jail for his role in ransomware attacks on entities in the United States. A law enforcement investigation into the ransomware attacks conducted by Vachon-Desjardins on U.S. years in jail for a separate drug trafficking case.

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Knowing Your Patient: Helping Healthcare Organizations Prevent Insurance Fraud

Healthcare IT Today

Today’s threat landscape requires them to plan for ransomware and malware attacks, protect against traditional vulnerabilities in legacy equipment, and mitigate the risk of internal threats. With those competing priorities, fraud prevention does not always make its way to the top of the list of considerations, even when it should.

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290 Hospitals Potentially Affected by Ransomware Attacks in 2022

HIPAA Journal

Ransomware attacks continue to be conducted on healthcare organizations in high numbers but determining the extent to which healthcare organizations are being targeted by ransomware gangs is a challenge. While no deaths have been attributed to ransomware attacks, patient outcomes are affected by the delays in receiving treatment.

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Suspected DoppelPaymer Ransomware Core Members Arrested in Europol-Led Operation

HIPAA Journal

DoppelPaymer ransomware first appeared in 2019. Since then, the ransomware has been used in dozens of attacks on critical infrastructure organizations and industries, and private companies. The ransomware is based on BitPaymer ransomware, which is part of the Dridex malware family.

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Lehigh Valley Health Network Sued After Ransomware Gang Publishes Nude Patient Images

HIPAA Journal

A lawsuit has been filed against Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) over its recent BlackCat ransomware attack. The attack saw files encrypted after data was exfiltrated as is typical in ransomware attacks; however, the attack stood out due to the aggressive move of the threat group to increase the pressure on LVHN to pay the ransom.

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Return to Big Game Hunting Sees Ransomware Revenues Soar

HIPAA Journal

While this is certainly good news, ransomware-related cryptocurrency payments increased significantly in H1 2023, and if the trend continues in the second half of the year, ransomware revenues could eclipse those of 2022. million in payments were made following ransomware attacks. billion in the first half of 2022.