Conti ransomware can cause serious attacks on Irish HSE healthcare systems. The He does Saturday:
“After a severe hacker attack on Irish health service HSE’s data systems, IT experts have been trying to determine the extent of the damage and safely restart the systems,” HSE director Paul Reid said over the weekend. HSE hacked HSE’s national and local IT systems, so they must have been completely shut down on Friday.
The hackers, who remain unknown until now, have demanded a ransom in the form of Bitcoin. But Prime Minister Michelle Martin decided that Ireland would not pay them. “We make it very clear that we are not paying a ransom or engaging in anything,” Martin told a news conference Friday. The HSE announced that it would demand a ransom – as it advises the state’s political status and secret services.
HSE boss Reed says human-controlled “Conti” software was used by hackers. According to IT specialists, Conti programs were first used in late 2019. Hackers from Eastern Europe have demanded an average of a quarter of a million dollars in ransom for each robbery. However, the Irish Secret Service advises the government not to pay under any circumstances.
- In this article, Sophos describes in detail how a real Conti ransomware attack works and how to stop it.
- The Conti Group is no stranger to this. Security researchers on the Cyber Season Nocturnes team have some details about the procedure and technical background In a blog Gathered in January this year.