On May 5, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a report entitled “Ransomware Trends in the HPH Sector” (HHS Report) that reviewed key cybersecurity threats and trends affecting the U.S. healthcare sector.
Key takeaways from the HHS Report include:
- The five most active ransomware groups that are focusing on selling their Ransomware as a Service platform are Lockbit, Conti, SunCrypt, ALPHV/Blackcat and Hive.
- Certain ransomware groups are taking a political stance in the Russia- Ukraine conflict, including the ransomware gang Conti, which has openly sided with the Russian government.
- There has been a noticeable decrease in the time it takes for the malware launched by these gangs to infect a victim’s systems – specifically, ransomware attacks that previously took five days to fully infect a system now can take less than two days.