The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC Health IT) has issued the following Cyber Notice regarding an international ransomware attack that began yesterday in Europe and has spread to other parts of the world. The notice includes recommendations for dealing with a ransomware attack and how to mitigate against a ransomware attack. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
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Dear HPH Sector Colleagues,
The U.S. government is aware of an international ransomware campaign that may be affecting Healthcare and Public Health Sector assets in addition to other Sectors. Please review the information below and share with colleagues. We will update you as more information becomes available.
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If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, HHS recommends the following steps:
06/27/2017 12:56 PM EDT
Original release date: June 27, 2017 US-CERT has received multiple reports of Petya ransomware infections occurring in networks in many countries around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users' access to the infected machine until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored. Using unpatched and unsupported software may increase the risk of proliferation of cybersecurity threats, such as ransomware.
Petya ransomware encrypts the master boot records of infected Windows computers, making affected machines unusable. Open-source reports indicate that the ransomware exploits vulnerabilities in Server Message Block (SMB). US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the US-CERT article on the Microsoft SMBv1 Vulnerability and the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010. For general advice on how to best protect against ransomware infections, review US-CERT Alert TA16-091A. Please report any ransomware incidents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
HITRUST has shared the following Threat Bulletin for distribution.