News broke that researchers at Symantec have discovered that a new cybercriminal group is installing custom malware onto the systems of organizations in healthcare and related sectors in order to conduct corporate espionage. The hacker group, dubbed Orangeworm, is mainly targeting American healthcare organizations, though there are a number of victims worldwide, including in Asia and Europe. Professor Giovanni Vigna, CTO and Co-Founder of Lastline commented below.
Professor Giovanni Vigna, CTO and Co-Founder at Lastline:
“Healthcare device are a enticing target for hackers, as they are not upgraded and monitored as aggressively as other components (such as desktops and laptops). Since the operating system of these devices possibly controls life-critical systems, it is finely tuned and not automatically updated. This situation makes it easy to break into outdated versions of the OS and remain permanently entrenched into the platform.”