August 30, 2019
Ransomware Attack Hits Hundreds of Dentist Offices
A ransomware attack has hit approximately 400 dentist offices across the country.
According to reports, two companies in Wisconsin that provides online data backup for the offices were hit by the attack. The strain of ransomware is known as REvil and Sodinokibi, and it is currently unclear exactly how attack occurred or how much they demanded as a ransom payment. Some of the impacted offices were unable to access patient records and payment information.
Recently, ransomware has made national news with attacks on local government in two Florida cities, Baltimore, and Atlanta. In each of these occasions, the cities did not have adequate business continuity and disaster recovery plans in place and have been hit with millions of dollars in costs.
As we have said countless times, the best way to fight ransomware is by protecting your files and systems and preventing the ransomware from claiming your company as its victim. This is done with a multilayered approach:
- Use a good quality antivirus program, and patch and update operating systems regularly
- Educate your users about ransomware and how to detect phishing and social engineering schemes
- Back up files often — and automatically. While the backup does not prevent infiltration, it does give you an out — instead of paying the ransom, you can restore to a pre-attack status
To learn more about the current landscape of ransomware and how you can avoid falling victim, check out Datto's State of the Channel Ransomware Report.