FBI “ransomware warning” for healthcare is a warning for everyone!

You’ve probably heard or seen the news that the US CISA issued an alert this week with the unassuming identifier AA20-302A.


CISA is short for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the AA20-302A report was a joint alert from CISA, the FBI and the HHS (US Department of Health and Human Services).

Of course, you won’t have heard the news by its codename.

Like sofware bugs, which might officially be denoted by a harmless sounding tag like CVE-2014-0160 but known in real life as Heartbleed, the headline title of AA20-302A is much more worrying:

Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

The bulk of the report is well worth studying if you haven’t been keeping up with recent history of ransomware, because it describes a common malware attack combination in useful detail.

You can also bone up on how ransomware attacks commonly unfold these days by consulting these recent articles: