Hacking Group Launches Successful Ransomware Attacks against UCSF: Experts Think COVID-19 Connection

Hacking Group Launches Successful Ransomware Attacks against UCSF: Experts Think COVID-19 Connection

A notorious hacking group known to target healthcare providers executed what has reported to be a successful ransomware attack this week on the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Targeted as an “illegal intrusion” UCSF personnel confirmed the attack but didn’t elaborate on which section or elements of their IT network were breached. Various security experts and law enforcement have been notified. A major clinical research center, UCSF actively conducts studies investigating therapies and treatments for COVID-19. The Netwalker hacker group may seek to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Situation

The Netwalker hackers have unleashed a criminal ransomware campaign against health care systems involved with COVID-19 clinical research. Most recently, the nefarious group breached one of the nation’s (if not the world’s) most prominent academic medical centers: UCSF. In an effort to commence illicit negotiations, the cyber gang used their darkweb blog to showcase the stolen files and images belonging to UCSF. These gangs use the darkweb as a sort of underworld, shadowy hideout as the browsing and websites can be managed anonymously.

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