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Health care professionals are warning of a “massive” cyber attack targeting government data centers, according to the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
The group is using Recorded Future’s Threat Intelligence Platform, or TSP, to analyze the threat.
The report warns that the attack is “likely to be distributed by unknown actors, and its impact may be severe.”
Recorded Future also noted that the data centers could be targeted with “unknown attacks” or “malicious attacks.”
The TSP says the threat is “not yet operational” and will “likely be re-evaluated” as soon as “more information becomes available.”
It’s unclear how the attack will impact the health care industry, but the threat appears to be similar to one made against the U.S. Department of Defense in February.
Recorded Future warns that if the attack were to take place, it could result in data breaches that could result “in massive damage to our industry and our economy.”
The threat is also expected to affect some federal and state agencies, including the Department of Energy.
Recorded Future said it has analyzed thousands of cyberattacks against government data and has found the following:1.
The cyber attack is not operational.2.
It is not possible to determine who is behind the attack.3.
The attack is designed to compromise information in government networks, including health care networks.4.
The attackers may have used an exploit for an Adobe Flash vulnerability that could compromise government networks.5.
They may have targeted a number of government sites.6.
The attacks may have been distributed through the Internet.7.
The threats could include remote code execution, which could result, among other things, in a denial of service (DoS) attack on the government or its personnel.8.
The threat may have impacted more than just the government.9.
The impact on the health system is significant.10.
The TSp suggests the cyberattack is not being used in an attempt to undermine confidence in the healthcare system.11.
The researchers do not expect the attack to impact the healthcare industry as it is “much more difficult to determine” how it is being done.