Iranian hackers planned attack on Boston Children's Hospital last summer, FBI director says

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Jun 1, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The FBI managed to detect and mitigate an attack by Iranian state-sponsored hackers against Boston’s Children’s Hospital last summer, FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed on Wednesday.

“Quick actions by everyone involved, especially at the hospital, protected both the network and the sick kids that were dependent on it,” Wray said at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security.

Wray called the incident one of the “most despicable cyberattacks” he’s seen, but he noted that the threat was hardly an isolated one. In 2021 the FBI saw ransomware attacks against 14 of the 16 services deemed critical infrastructure by the U.S. government, including hospitals. The FBI issued a warning last November that Iranian hackers were seeking data that could be used to hack U.S. companies.

The agency has been “laser-focused” on potential threats to critical infrastructure resulting from the United States’ support of Ukraine during an ongoing invasion of the nation by Russia. The United States has observed Russia “taking specific preparatory steps towards potential destructive attacks, both here and abroad,” Wray said. And the fallout of those attacks could get worse.

“We’re watching for their cyber activities to become more

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