The ransomware said that they do not care who to attack, and they will not make exceptions for hospitals.
United Health Centers, a California-based network of medical facilities, was subjected to a ransomware cyberattack that disrupted all of its centers and leaked patient data.
United Health Centers has 21 public health centers in California counties such as Fresno, Kings and Tulare.
On August 31 of this year, BleepingComputer learned from an informed source from the information security community that United Health Centers’ medical facilities suffered from an attack by the Vice Society cyber ransomware group, as a result of which they had to turn off their entire network and IT systems and start restoring files from backup copies. However, representatives of United Health Centers did not comment on this information in any way.
This week, the Vice Society released files allegedly stolen in the August attack on United Health Centers. They contain sensitive information, including about beneficiary patients, financial records, test results and examinations. However, the organization remains silent.
The Vice Society is a relatively new cyber ransomware group that began operations in June this year. 20% of the companies published on its leak sites are related to the healthcare industry.
When asked by BleepingComputer why the group allows them to attack hospitals, the Vice Society responded as follows:
They always keep our confidential data clear. You, me and everyone else go to hospitals, give them our passports, talk about health problems, etc., and they don’t even try to protect our data. They receive millions from the state. Are they stealing this money?
The US President has given large sums of money to protect government networks, and where is this protection? Where is our defense?
If the IT department doesn’t want to do their job, we’ll do ours, and we don’t care if it’s a hospital or a university. “
Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines
A Florida district court has sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastien Vashon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.
It is noted that for several years of his activity, the hacker, using the NetWalker encryption virus, earned about $ 27 million. A search of Vashon-Desjardins revealed a crypto wallet containing 719 bitcoins, which was about $22 million at the time of the cybercriminal’s arrest in January 2022.
According to investigators, the 34-year-old cybercriminal acted in collusion with other hackers. Vashon-Desjardins himself played the role of an attacker: he infected the corporate networks of various companies with a virus and then demanded a ransom from them. Organizations from the USA, Canada and a number of European countries suffered from the activities of the criminal.
It is noted that, in addition to the prison term, the court also imposed a fine on Vashon-Desjardins in the amount of $ 21 million. Also, the criminal will have to pay compensation to the companies affected by his actions. The amount of damages has not yet been established.
Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs
Recently, various vulnerabilities in processors have been talked about much less often, and users no longer worry about performance degradation due to patches. As it turns out, Ryzen 7000 processors generally benefit from such patches!
At least this is true for Linux, since it was in this OS that the author tested the Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X. It turned out that when working out of the box, the CPUs show better performance than when loading a special version of Linux with a deactivated patch from the Specter V2 vulnerability.
Of course, such results do not appear everywhere, and during normal work they are unlikely to be critical. In particular, in total, according to the results of 190 tests, the difference was only 3%.
PlayStation 5 has been hacked. You can install games, but you can’t run them yet
Nearly two years after the PlayStation 5 went on sale, modders have found a way to jailbreak the console, albeit with some restrictions.
IGN notes that the modder, known as SpecterDev, disclosed an apparent jailbreak that is described as an experimental IPV6 kernel exploit exploiting a WebKit vulnerability.
The jailbreak will only work on PS5 systems with firmware 4.03 or later. If you’ve updated your PS5 since October last year, you won’t be able to try the exploit. But even if you need firmware, an attempt to install a jailbreak works only in a third of cases.
As for what you can do with a jailbroken PS5 right now, you’ll get access to the system’s debug menu. You can also install games from outside the PlayStation Store, but you cannot run third-party software.
Modder Lance McDonald tested the jailbreak and was able to install the PT demo, the famous teaser of the canceled Silent Hills game. However, he was unable to start playing the game. Although the exploit offers read/write access to the PS5, there is currently no way to execute the downloaded files. In any case, PT is not backwards compatible with PS5.
It is currently unlikely that this jailbreak will be widely used anytime soon due to its limitations and the fact that Sony can ban modder accounts. On top of that, there is a risk of locking the console at that time. However, it may give other hackers and modders a foundation to build more robust jailbreak tools.
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