Warned of an impending attack, a Nebraska healthcare center was able to avert it

Warned of an impending attack, a Nebraska healthcare center was able to avert it

Brian Mastre reports:

There were tense moments a month ago at the Butler County Health Care Center in David City, Nebraska. The IT director received a call from the Omaha FBI with a warning that this place was the target of a cyberattack.

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“Exactly when it was going to spread and when they were going to initiate the ransomware attack is not for sure. It could have been in minutes, hours or weeks,” said Agent Ken Schmutz, Omaha FBI Supervisor of the Cyber Task Force.

The hospital averted the attack and no patient information was compromised.

The Omaha FBI says the tip came from investigators in Ireland who then relayed it to the U.K. and to Nebraska.

Read more at WOWT.

This is somewhat fascinating to me that investigators in Ireland found out about it. Why they would relay it to the U.K. instead of directly to Nebraska is a bit of a puzzle, unless they thought the attackers were in the U.K. and wanted to let law enforcement there know?

 

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