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After Ascension ransomware attack, feds issue alert on Black Basta group

May 13, 2024
The Record
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Summary
The U.S. government agencies, including the FBI, CISA, and HHS, have issued a warning about the Black Basta ransomware gang, which is actively targeting the healthcare sector along with 12 other critical infrastructure sectors. This gang, responsible for attacking over 500 organizations globally since April 2022, infiltrates networks via phishing and exploits vulnerabilities, delaying ransom demands to complicate response efforts. Black Basta's tactics have severely disrupted operations for healthcare providers, such as the Ascension healthcare system, emphasizing the need for enhanced cybersecurity measures within the industry. The group, potentially linked to or a rebranding of previous Russian-speaking cyber threat entities, has already caused significant financial losses and operational challenges, underlining its threat to critical infrastructure and the importance of vigilance and prepared measures to combat such cyber threats.
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