RAA, the latest healthcare ransomware virus strain, is able to access Windows registry and connect to web servers.
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RAA is different that most ransomware threats, which use .exe attachments. Instead, RAA uses .js attachments via email.
RAA combines ransomware with information theft. It is coded in JScript, which can provide an advantage for hackers.
While not as sophisticated as other viruses, RAA hackers can quickly get control of accounts. The command centers then must be disabled to remove the ransomware from the victim’s computer.
How can your practice fight against the latest ransomware?
Train employees as to how to handle emails from unknown senders.
Make sure your risk assessment is up to date and has a security product that offers behavioral detection, as opposed to standard virus definitions.
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Further, healthcare practices should consider whitelisting, which is configuring your computers to only run programs allowed on the system. Everything else is then prevented.
This set up is complex, but secure.
There is no end in sight for breaches, as ransomware continues to expand and be profitable for hackers.
Practices need to take steps to protect themselves and their patients.
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