Attackers Find a New Way to Spread Ransomware Faster Than Ever

Ransomware has been riddling home users, business entities, governments, schools, and more for years. The attacks have grown in frequency, with ransom demands growing as well.

In order to continue their profitability, hackers have to find new ways to infect networks. This includes exploiting software vulnerabilities, using social engineering, creating new versions of malware, and now – targeting businesses with access to multiple networks. Often, but not always, these targets include managed service providers (MSPs). Due to the access MSPs have in various business entities, by targeting an MSP, multiple networks become available to infiltrate.

This is exactly what happened last week. Percsoft and Digital Dental Record, two businesses that offer online services for dentists around the U.S., were targeted by cyber criminals. After infecting their networks with ransomware, the hackers were able to infiltrate the networks of over 400 dentist offices. This left the dental offices unable to access patient charts, x-rays, or payment ledgers.

Percsoft and Digital Dental Record have contacted the FBI.

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  1. This happened to my dentist.
    His local tech support tried to say a power supply failed and took down scheduling, records database and billing. The alleged dead power supply was NOT on a file server. His system lit up but no access to anything.

    If only my dentist had engaged an independent programmer, kept his system isolated from the Cloud and use PC Matic, his office would not have been targeted by carelessness of a Cloud based IT provider.

    Our computer based society has gone from punched cards and service bureau centralized systems to personal computer distributed processing topology full circle back to service bureau (Cloud) based systems. Duh!

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