Microsoft warns coronavirus-hit hospitals of ransomware threat

Microsoft has warned dozens of hospitals that vulnerabilities in their VPN and network gateway devices are being targeted by human-operated ransomware campaigns, according to a blog post by the firm.

With healthcare providers under huge pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic and with more people using VPNs to work from home, Microsoft took the unprecedented move to alert the organisations to the threat and to strongly advise them to apply security updates.

With healthcare providers under huge pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic and with more people using VPNs to work from home, Microsoft took the unprecedented move to alert the organisations to the threat and to strongly advise them to apply security updates.

Ransomware is a type of malware that makes data or systems unusable until the victim makes a payment. The strain of ransomware known as REvil, or Sodinokibi, is thought to be actively looking to target exploits, according to Microsoft. 

Jason Davies

UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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