Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD) is urging organizations across the country to bolster their cyber defenses following a disruptive ransomware attack against a hospital in Israel’s northwest.
The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, situated in the city of Hadera, cancelled non-urgent procedures as staff reportedly resorted to using pen and paper after IT systems were disabled by a cyber-attack yesterday (October 13).
Indicators of compromise
The INCD, which is assisting with the hospital’s post-incident investigation and recovery, has shared indicators of compromise (IOCs) in order to help hospitals and other organizations spot evidence of similar network intrusions.
Evidence of unusual activity should be reported to the INCD, it added.
Police in France have arrested and charged a 22-year-old man with hacking into a “secure” file-sharing systems used by a Parisian hospital trust, and stealing the COVID-19 test details for some 1.4 million people.
According to local media reports, the alleged hacker not only stole highly sensitive information from Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), but also distributed the data as part of an anti-vaccine protest.
The French government requires individuals to carry a “vaccine pass” (known as a passe sanitaire)if they wish to enter cafés, bars, restaurants, museums, cinemas, and access events.
Doug Madory is director of internet analysis at Kentik, a San Francisco-based network monitoring company. Madory said at approximately 11:39 a.m. ET today (15:39 UTC), someone at Facebook caused an update to be made to the company’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) records. BGP is a mechanism by which Internet service providers of the world share information about which providers are responsible for routing Internet traffic to which specific groups of Internet addresses.
Update, 4:37 p.m. ET: Sheera Frenkel with The New York Times tweeted that Facebook employees told her they were having trouble accessing Facebook buildings because their employee badges no longer worked. That could be one reason this outage has persisted so long: Facebook engineers may be having trouble physically accessing the computer servers needed to upload new BGP records to the global Internet.
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