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Israeli hospital targeted by ransomware attack

CM 13/10/2021

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The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera has been targeted by a ransomware attack that affected the computer systems of the hospital, the medical center announced on Wednesday.
The attack occurred without any prior warning. Since the attack, the hospital has using alternate systems in the meantime while treating patients. The hospital is operating as normal, except for elective, non-urgent operations.
The incident has been reported to the Health Ministry and National Cyber Directorate and is being handled by the best experts in the field, according to the hospital. The ministry has updated other hospitals about the incident as a preventative measure. 
The attack is the latest in a long series of cyberattacks on Israel in recent years.
Last week, Israeli cybersecurity company Cybereason revealed that MalKamak, an Iranian state-supported hacker group, was running a highly targeted cyber-espionage operation against global aerospace and telecommunications companies, stealing sensitive information from targets around Israel and the Middle East, as well as in the United States, Russia and Europe. The threat posed by MalKamak is still active.
Last month, a hacker group called Deus leaked data it claims it obtained in a cyberattack on the Israeli call center service company Voicenter from the company’s customers, including 10bis, CMTrading, Mobileye, eToro, Gett and My Heritage, among others. The data leaked so far includes security camera and webcam footage, ID cards, photos, WhatsApp messages and emails, as well as recordings of phone calls. 
A series of cyberattacks have plagued Israeli businesses and institutions in the past two years, including Israel Aerospace Industries, the Shirbit insurance company and the Amital software company, among others.
The National Cyber Directorate reported that it handled more than 11,000 inquiries on its 119 hotline in 2020, some 30% more than it handled in 2019. The directorate made about 5,000 requests to entities to handle vulnerabilities exposing them to attacks and was in contact with about 1,400 entities concerning attempted or successful attacks.
Zev Stub contributed to this report.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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