Medical Industry Under Attack By Chinese Hackers

If you’re not scared already, this might do it.  Kelly Jackson Higgins reports:

Multiple gangs of Chinese cyberespionage hackers are now targeting the healthcare and medical/life sciences industries.

Most every industry is fair game for cyberespionage these days — so it’s no surprise that the healthcare and medical industry would come up on the list — but, to date, it has been a field more abused by cybercriminals motivated by medical identity theft and other financial fraud.

Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer with CyberSquared, says his firm can confirm at least three advanced persistent threat (APT) groups out of China who have targeted organizations in the medical field, including one group that posed as a life sciences and drug discovery company out of Beijing to lure and drop drive-by malware on related companies from that industry. The second was the group behind the well-known malware Sykipot used in various APT-type attacks; the third, the gang behind the VOHO targeted attack campaign — which CyberSquared found targeting the National Institute of Health.

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