HHS Warns Health Sector of BlackMatter Attacks

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Advisory Says Ransomware Gang Is an ‘Elevated Threat’ for Healthcare Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) • September 13, 2021    

Federal regulators are alerting healthcare and public health sector entities of the “elevated threat” for potential ransomware attacks by BlackMatter, despite the gang’s purported claims that it is not targeting “critical infrastructure” organizations, such as hospitals.

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In a threat brief issued Sept. 2, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordinating Council, or HC3, notes that BlackMatter malware first surfaced in July, and is suspected to be the successor of DarkSide and REvil RaaS operations (see: BlackMatter Ransomware Appears to be Spawn of DarkSide).

According to the alert, a BlackMatter representative claims that the group does not attack a variety

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