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Economic & Safety Impact of Cryptolocker


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#1 rwukpa

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:52 AM

Since CryptoLocker does not discriminate in who or what it attacks, it recently caused a successful attack on a medium sized medical practice. The practice immediately paid the ransom and was able to retrieve some but not all files.   In this case, at no time was patient safety compromised, but I could envisage cases in the future where it might be.

 

The worst effect is that this may constitute a HIPPA breach. If that turns out to be the case then it may cost up to $100,000 to rectify because each of the 150,000 patients the practice has,  must be notified. The two bitcoins were insignificant noise compared to that.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:43 AM

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A repository of all current knowledge regarding Cryptolocker is provided by Grinler (aka Lawrence Abrams), in this tutorial: CryptoLocker Ransomware Information Guide and FAQ

There is also a lengthy ongoing discussion in this topic: Cryptolocker Hijack program. Since this infection is so widespread, rather than have everyone start individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any questions or comments in that topic discussion.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:06 PM

While I appreciate the consolidation, do you not  think a potential  HIPPA Breach and health and safety impact discussions should have a separate topic?

 

Is Cryptolocker a HIPPA Breach?  Does it transmit any data offsite?



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 01:35 PM

While I appreciate the consolidation, do you not think a potential HIPPA Breach and health and safety impact discussions should have a separate topic?

Anything related to Cryptolocker (i.e. is it a HIPPA Breach, does it transmit any data offsite) should be in that discussion topic for maximum exposure. Hundreds of folks are already subscribed and many more read it daily to keep up to date with the latest information.
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