A Russian national Dec. 4 pleaded guilty to his role in developing and deploying a suite of malware tools known as Trickbot, used to launch ransomware attacks against American hospitals and other businesses, the Department of Justice announced.

“Combating bad actors in cyberspace is a team sport, and we are proud of the collaboration and coordination at the international level that went into today’s plea,” said Assistant Director Bryan Vorndran of the FBI’s Cyber Division.

John Riggi, AHA’s national advisor for cybersecurity and risk, said, “In a time when most cyber news is about the latest threat or attack, we applaud this win for the ‘good guys.’ The combined efforts of the FBI, Department of Justice and international partners have brought to justice this notorious cybercriminal who facilitated ransomware attacks against American hospitals and health systems, disrupting care delivery and risking patient safety. This win highlights the need for ransomware victim hospitals to cooperate with the FBI and other federal agencies to aid in investigative efforts and to gather cyber threat intelligence to prevent future attacks.”  

For more information on this or other cyber and risk issues, contact Riggi at jriggi@aha.org. For the latest cyber and risk resources and threat intelligence, visit aha.org/cybersecurity
 

Related News Articles

Headline
The AHA Feb. 26 issued a Cybersecurity Advisory highlighting updates on network connectivity issues and indicators of compromise related to the recent…
Perspective
This week’s cyberattack on Change Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest health care technology companies, is yet another unwelcome reminder of the…
Headline
A cyberattack Feb. 21 began disrupting systems and services at Change Healthcare, one of the largest health care technology companies in the United States,…
Headline
The U.S. Department of Justice, United Kingdom and other global partners have seized control of servers used by the LockBit ransomware-as-a-service group,…
Headline
Bryan Smith, recently retired chief of the FBI’s Cyber Criminal Operations Section, discusses the challenge of protecting the nation's caregivers and patients…
Headline
The National Institute of Standards and Technology this week released updated guidance to help HIPAA-covered entities and business associates assess and manage…