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Illinois city’s public health district website affected by ransomware

In March 2020, the public health district’s website for the City of Champaign, Illinois discovered that it was hacked in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The website was made inaccessible by a ransomware attack, called the Netwalker, and the residents were instructed to refer to the district’s Facebook page for updates on the pandemic.

The aftermath

The attack was uncovered and announced on March 11, 2020, when the authorities were unable to access the files. Fortunately, the health department employees’ email accounts, environmental health records, and patient electronic medical records were moved to cloud storage six months before the breach and were unaffected. The district notified the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and is working with a cybersecurity firm to investigate the attack and restore services. The district has also set up a dedicated email address and hotline number for questions about coronavirus.

Amid the coronavirus scare, attackers may try to utilize the opportunity to implant ransomware and other harmful elements in your network via phishing emails or other means. Invest in a tool like ManageEngine DataSecurity Plus to secure data and mitigate ransomware attacks. Download a 30-day, free trial of DataSecurity Plus today.

How ManageEngine can help.

Investing in a ransomware detection tool helps you detect and respond to ransomware attacks in real time to minimize the impact on your organization. Here are some best practices DataSecurity Plus can help you implement to handle ransomware attacks.

  • Detect ransomware with real-time mass access alerts. Monitor the frequency of file modifications by a user, and issue alerts whenever the number of modifications crosses a threshold within a specified time.
  • Quarantine ransomware and shut down infected devices with a customizable and automated response system. Set automated alert responses through the execution of a batch file to respond to mass access alerts.
  • View in-depth details of events for further investigation. Generate customizable, audit-ready reports on all file-related changes, access attempts, and share permissions.

Learn more about the eight best practices that can help you avoid cyberattacks and protect your organization. Start your free, 30-day trial of DataSecurity Plus today.

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