November 28, 2018
Two Iranian computer hackers have been charged with cybersecurity crimes (using a ransomware extortion scheme) according to the Justice Department. One of the companies that was targeted is MedStar Health, which is headquartered in Columbia, Md.. According to a Channel 13/WJZ news article:
“Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri were charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in New Jersey. Prosecutors say the two men created ransomware that encrypted data on the computers of more than 200 victims, including “hospitals, municipalities, and public institutions.”
Medstar Health had the following press statement:
“MedStar Health applauds the work of U.S. law enforcement officials in identifying the alleged perpetrators of the malware attack that occurred in 2016. As we said at the time, we took immediate action to limit the impact of this attack and restore our systems. We continued to provide safe patient care in our 10 hospitals and all of our outpatient facilities throughout this event. Then, as now, we remain focused on our core mission of providing high quality, safe patient care.”
Thanks to our friends at Baroan Technologies, a top IT support team in New Jersey for their help with this article.